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Runner-up finish for CV girls
Brianna Quiroz

Central Valley’s varsity girls wrestling program finished second overall at the Firebaugh Lady Eagle Invitational on Jan. 11.

The tournament featured 18 teams.

The Hawks totaled 122 points.

Los Banos (137.5) took first.

Pacheco (109) placed third.

“They always make me proud,” coach Rob Beckhart said. 

The Hawks had three individual champions, including Samantha Espinoza, Brianna Quiroz and Esther Esceverri.

Espinoza compiled a 2-0 record at 170 pounds.

She won by forfeit over Hawk teammate Natalie Torres in the finals.

Espinoza beat Pacheco’s Mayra Ramirez (pin, 0:52) in the semifinals.

Quiroz posted a 1-0 record at 160 pounds.

She beat Pacheco’s Yareli Botello (pin, 2:00) in the finals.

Esceverri had a perfect 3-0 mark at 137 pounds.

She won by forfeit over Central Valley’s Nia Carraway in the finals.

Esceverri beat Kerman’s Adriana Garcia (pin, 4:00) in the finals and Firebaugh’s Rosemarie Gaytan (pin, 0:33) in the semifinals.

Torres (170s) and Carraway (137s) both placed second in their respective divisions.

Carraway won one of her two matches.

She beat Pacheco’s Kayla Kalisz (pin, 1:06).

Torres went 0-1.

Vanesa Contreras (106s, 1-1), Abigail Garcia (121s, 1-1) and Carla Martinez (131s, 2-1) all took third.

Martinez beat Kerman’s Rosalba Gomez (pin, 0:49) and Edison’s Salma Dorantes (pin, 4:00).

She lost by decision (2-1) to Los Banos’ Alana Walkin.

Garcia beat Yosemite’s Kaelo Mohulatsi (pin, 1:28). 

She lost by pin (4:00) to Mendota’s Josetina Jimenez.

Contreras beat Kerman’s Hermalinda Santiago (pin, 3:51).

She lost by pin to Los Banos’ Tresemay Briceno.

Kelsy Naranjo (113s, 1-2) and Isabella Pelayo (126s, 0-2) both placed fourth.

Naranjo beat Edison’s Aerah Ramirez (decision, 4-2).

She lost twice to Chowchilla’s Hailey Pasley (pin, forfeit).

Pelayo lost to Los Banos’ Destiny Torres (pin, 2:43) and Firebaugh’s Sarah Caballo (pin, 2:33).

Angelina Sanchez (235s, 2-1) placed fifth.

 She beat Pacheco’s Renee Hernandez (injury default) and Kerman’s Cassandra Loaeza (pin, 1:14).

Sanchez lost to Pacheco’s Tagi Vaifale (pin, 1:24).

Alejandra Garcia (121s, 0-2) placed sixth.

She lost to Los Banos’ Kiana Daniels (pin, 1:05) and Sunnyside’s Elizabeth Sourannarath (pin, 2:00).

“Our girls are tough,” Beckhart said. “They wrestle hard. They don’t back down from anybody. They do everything we ask them to do.”