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Hawk, Bulldog grapplers medal at South Regionals
•Central Valley, Ceres High girls wrestlers qualify for Masters event
Tarnjot Kaur
Two months removed from having her appendix removed, Central Valley’s Tarnjot Kaur returned to the mat this past week. She won one match at South Regionals. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley’s and Ceres High’s girls wrestling programs each had six grapplers advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.

Central Valley’s Brianna Espinoza, Giana Breshears and Alicia Espinoza, and Ceres High’s Makynzie Hale, Dayanna Alvarez and Jazlynn Marie Cadriel were all awarded individual berths after finishing in the top eight at South Regionals this past week in Ceres.

“It’s good to see we’re continuously getting better every year,” Bulldogs’ head coach Curtis Hulstine said. “The first year, we took one girl to Masters. The following year, we took two. This year, we’re taking three.”

“We’re excited those three girls made it,” Hawks’ leader Brandy Cordova said. “We were hoping we’d have a couple more.”

Brianna Espinoza claimed the 235-pound title for the second year in a row.

She compiled a 3-0 record.

She beat Buhach Colony’s Joana Lopez-Padilla (pin, 1:24), Golden Valley’s Hadassam Hedrington (pin, 1:21) and Franklin of Stockton’s Victoria Jimenez (pin, 1:24).

“She placed first again,” Cordova said. “She puts in a lot of hard work. She’s trying to perfect her craft.”

Breshears took second with a 3-1 record at 140 pounds.

She beat Lathrop’s Kimberley Salazar-Torres (pin, 3:21), Ceres High’s Dayanna Alvarez (decision, 5-0) and El Capitan’s Ann Marie Wade (pin, 5:43).

“She did a good job,” Cordova said. “She just ran into a tough opponent in the championship.”

Alicia Espinoza took third with a 4-1 record at 170 pounds.

She beat Manteca’s Alana Sumaylo (pin, 1:13), Ripon’s Amaya Watkins (pin, 3:53), Livingston’s Jessica Gomez (pin, 0:57) and Sierra’s Natalie Meija (pin, 1:27).

“She bettered her performance,” Cordova said. “Last year, she took fourth. It shows her maturity and desire to get better.”

Hale took fifth with a 4-2 record at 190 pounds.

She beat Beyer’s Cheyenne Alexander (pin, 0:38), Central Valley’s Angelica Hernandez (pin, 2:05), Atwater’s Ruby Rosas (pin, 3:39) and Johansen’s Charlee Anderson (pin, 0:49).

“She’s peaking at the right time,” said Hulstine. “She’s being more aggressive.”

Alvarez took seventh with a 3-2 record at 140 pounds.

She won twice by pin (4:00, 0:53) against Buhach Colony’s Aileen Ramirez.

She also won via fall (1:33) versus Lincoln of Stockton’s Alaina Cooper.

Cadriel took eighth with a 2-3 record at 170 pounds.

She beat Lincoln of Stockton’s Brooklyn Allen (pin, 0:55) and Ripon’s Amaya Watkins (pin, 1:37).

Ceres High’s Elizabeth Boyd, Jadasa Haro, Jaden Stahl, Carmen Arce-Hayes and Illiana Enriques, and Central Valley’s Jayden Corona, Angelica Hernandez, Arely Camarena, Kayla Fernandez, Itzel Romero, Alexa Alberto, Tarnjot Kaur, Divina Velasquez, Marianna Carranza and Evalyn Zambrano also competed at South Regionals.

Boyd took 10th with a 2-3 record at 155 pounds. 

She beat Lathrop’s Jade Preciado (pin, 1:33) and Central Valley’s Arely Camarena (pin, 4:55).

Haro compiled a 1-2 record at 105 pounds. 

She beat Tracy’s Gianna Fierros (pin, 2:31).

Stahl compiled a 1-2 record at 125 pounds.

She beat Grace Davis’ Andrea Dosier (pin, 1:30).

Arce-Hayes, a senior, compiled a 1-2 record at 130 pounds.

She beat Central Valley’s Alexa Alberto (pin, 3:26).

Enriques compiled an 0-2 record at 135 pounds.

Corona placed 10th with a 2-3 record at 110 pounds.

She beat Waterford’s Dalilah Adams (pin, 3:52) and Golden Valley’s Adrianna Rivera (pin, 3:31).

Hernandez placed 10th with a 1-3 record at 190 pounds.

She beat Ripon’s Kelcie Smith (pin, 4:01).

Camarena compiled a 2-3 record at 155 pounds.

She beat Weston Ranch’s Genesis Aguirre (pin, 1:23) and Waterford’s Serenity Dalton (pin, 0:38).

Fernandez compiled a 1-2 record at 100 pounds.

She beat Sierra’s Amerie Vista (pin, 1:33).

Romero compiled a 1-2 record at 120 pounds.

She beat El Capitan’s Mallory Morris (pin, 0:50).

Alberto compiled a 1-2 record at 130 pounds.

She beat Sierra’s Alyssa Lopez-Martin (pin, 2:45).

Kaur compiled a 1-3 record at 125 pounds.

She beat Lincoln of Stockton’s Cailyn Bonner (pin, 1:50).

Velasquez (105 pounds), Carranza (135s) and Zambrano (145s) all compiled 0-2 records.

The tournament was staged at Central Valley High School on Friday and Saturday.

The Hawks placed sixth overall and second in the Division-III standings with a team score of 108.

The Bulldogs placed 21st overall and fourth at the Division-IV level with a team score of 57.

The Masters tournament will be staged this Friday and Saturday at Stockton Arena. The top four placers in each weight division qualify for the CIF State Meet.

Jadasa Haro
Ceres High sophomore Jadasa Haro gained valuable experience while competing at South Regionals last week. She compiled a 1-2 record at 105 pounds. - photo by Dale Butler