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As California Leads The Way In The Rapid Growth Of Girls Wrestling, It Was Time To Debut Our First NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings •... SportStars NorCal Girls Wrestler Rankings | Jan. 10

As California Leads The Way In The Rapid Growth Of Girls Wrestling, It Was Time To Debut Our First NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings •

PICTURED ABOVE: Katelyn Cardoza (150s) of Ripon High. (Ike Dodson photo)

We’ve said it for years — girl’s wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Today we back that up with our inaugural NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings. They feature Northern California’s Top 10 girls angling for CIF medals in all 14 weight classes.

It’s about ankle-picking time.

Women’s wrestling is an NCAA emerging sport, on the cusp of Division I championship events. Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling reported that only 112 girls participated in prep wrestling in 1990. That number exploded to 14,500 by 2015 and has nearly doubled since — to over 28,000 today — according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

California is at the forefront of this movement.

Six native Californians were on the 2021 USA Women’s Wrestling Senior World Team: Amy Fearnside (Live Oak, Morgan Hill), Jcarra Winchester (Arroyo-San Lorenzo), Mallory Velte (Christian Brothers-Sacramento), Jennifer Page (Bella Vista-Fair Oaks), Forrest Molinari (Benicia) and Yelena Makoyed (Bella Vista).

When USA Wrestling released its national rankings in November, California girls made up 32 percent of the 25 pound-for-pound best girls in the country.

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Several of those girls are listed below, after huge performances at a host of early-season tournaments, like Liberty Brentwood’s Brittany David Invite, The Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions in Roseville, and the Castro Valley Wrestling Classic.

Many on our list would have clashed at the Napa Valley Girls Classic at Vintage-Napa on Jan. 8, but that event was cancelled.

Keep an eye out for these elite girls at other premier events this season as they move one step closer toward the CIF postseason, and state-qualifying action at North Coast Section, Central Coast Section and Sac-Joaquin Section tournaments.

If you think we missed somebody, let us know. Share individual achievements on Twitter, and tag @sportstarsmag to let us know who should #crackthelist.

SECTION KEY: CCS (Central Coast Section), NS (Northern Section), NCS (North Coast Section), OAK (Oakland Section), SFS (San Francisco Section) and SJS (Sac-Joaquin Section)

SportStars NorCal Girls Wrestling Rankings
Based on reported results through Jan. 6

101 POUNDS

  1. Abbeygael Cabaug, Jr., Sobrato-Morgan Hill (CCS)
  2. Jalen Bets, Sr., Granada-Livermore (NCS)
  3. Yessemia Covarrubias, Sr., Half Moon Bay (CCS)
  4. Sophia Stagnaro, Sr., Kimball-Tracy (SJS)
  5. Kaydance Vang, So., Sheldon-Sacramento (SJS)
  6. Karissa McDaniel, So., Armijo-Fairfield (SJS)
  7. Diamond Lopez, Sr., Folsom (SJS)
  8. Angelieve Penales, Sr., San Leandro (NCS)
  9. Savannah Talmadge, Fr., Northgate-Walnut Creek (NCS)
  10. Geneviev Cacaoila, Fr., Silver Creek-San Jose (CCS)

106 POUNDS

  1. Nyla Valencia, Sr., Sobrato (CCS)
  2. Marisol Rodriguez, Sr., James Logan-Union City (NCS)
  3. Carmen Perez, Sr., Windsor (NCS)
  4. Valeria Ahumada, Sr., Oakland Tech (OS)
  5. Lauren Nguyen, So., Granada (NCS)
  6. Sabrina Tran, Jr., Evergeen Valley-San Jose (CCS)
  7. Brianna Vollendroff, Sr., Oroville (NS)
  8. Camiya Cook, Sr., River City-West Sacramento (SJS)
  9. Eliza Torres, Sr., Benicia (NCS)
  10. Mia Gonzales, Cupertino (CCS)

111 POUNDS

  1. Kiely Tabaldo, Jr., Menlo-Atherton-Atherton (CCS)
  2. Mikayla Garcia, So., James Logan (NCS)
  3. Cynthia Meza, Fr., Calaveras (SJS)
  4. Melissa Tejada, Sr., Yuba City (SJS)
  5. Ailynne Acosta, Jr., Salinas (CCS)
  6. Lexie Capote, So., Patterson (SJS)
  7. Dominique Lopez, So., Folsom (SJS)
  8. MaryAnn Bertolino, Jr., Willits (NCS)
  9. Bianca Nelson, So., Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park (NCS)
  10. Malia Niimi, So., Granite Bay (SJS)

116 POUNDS

  1. Lexy Beadles, Sr., Calaveras (SJS)
  2. Amaya Yoshizumi, Sr., Bella Vista-Fair Oaks (SJS)
  3. Sara Vela, Sr., Westmont-San Jose (CCS)
  4. Hailey Kagle, Jr., Orland (NS)
  5. Natalie Scott, Jr., Vintage-Napa (NCS)
  6. Madison Macachor, Jr., Dougherty Valley-San Ramon (NCS)
  7. Leanna Rabuco, Sr., Pittsburg (NCS)
  8. Aerolon Nhingsavath, Sr., Alhambra-Martinez (NCS)
  9. Rehmat Gill, Jr., James Logan (NCS)
  10. Ariana Groves, Sr., Windsor (NCS)

121 POUNDS

  1. Elena Ivaldi, Jr., Del Oro-Loomis (SJS)
  2. Lily Avalos, Jr., Pitman-Turlock (SJS)
  3. Kelalani Tumale, Jr., Silver Creek (CCS)
  4. Isabella Ngo, Sr., Dixon (SJS)
  5. Jazy Vega, Sr., Westmont (CCS)
  6. Amaiya Guyton, Sr., East Union-Manteca (SJS)
  7. Gabriella Fernandez, So., Upper Lake (NCS)
  8. Carmella Foley, Jr., James Logan (NCS)
  9. Mason Harsch, So., Monte Vista-Danville (NCS)
  10. Carlia Ott, Sr., Castro Valley (NCS)

126 POUNDS

  1. Loretta Lopez, Jr., Elk Grove (SJS)
  2. Vanesa Chand, Sr., Yuba City (SJS)
  3. Ella Jauregui, Sr., Palo Alto (CCS)
  4. Makenzie Shaw, Jr., Chico (NS)
  5. Ashlee Gutierrez, Sr., Armijo (SJS)
  6. Alana Watkins, Sr., Los Banos (SJS)
  7. Michelle Lauritzen, So., Peteluma (NCS)
  8. Aaliya Crowley, So., Del Oro (SJS)
  9. Anna Younes, Jr., Menlo-Atheron (CCS)
  10. Janie Houser, So., Aptos (CCS)

131 POUNDS

  1. Jennifer Soto, Sr., Gilroy (CCS)
  2. Janida Garcia, Jr., Central Catholic-Modesto (SJS)
  3. Alexia Bensoussan, Sr., Menlo-Atherton (CCS)
  4. Sakiko Pizzorno, Sr., Casa Grande-Petaluma (NCS)
  5. Gianna DiBenedetto, So., Bella Vista (SJS)
  6. Amedee Garcia, Sr., Yuba City (SJS)
  7. Alana Washington, Sr., Evergreen Valley (CCS)
  8. Ruby Duncan, Sr., Foothill-Pleasanton (NCS)
  9. Nhu Tran, Sr., James Logan (NCS)
  10. Francesca Richmond, Sr., Livermore (NCS)

137 POUNDS

  1. Taydem Khamjoi, Jr., Chavez-Stockton (SJS)
  2. Kayla Pflueger, Sr., Rocklin (SJS)
  3. Taylor Micallef, Sr., Half Moon Bay (CCS)
  4. Hannah Ripper, Jr., Miramonte (NCS)
  5. Madeline Lazo, Jr., Evergreen Valley (CCS)
  6. Eliza Goodwin, Jr., Rodriguez-Fairfield (SJS)
  7. Ali Hernandez, Fr., Chico (NS)
  8. Alex Mayday, Fr., Whitney-Rocklin (SJS)
  9. Lillian Kanemoto, Jr. Los Banos (SJS)
  10. Shyru Randle, Fr., Natomas-Sacramento (SJS)

143 POUNDS

  1. Avangeline Turner, So., Davis (SJS)
  2. Alana Ontiveros, Jr., Pitman (SJS)
  3. Megan Stottsberry, Jr., Orland (NS)
  4. Leilani Frazer, Sr., Vintage (NCS)
  5. Kendall Branchaud, Sr., San Leandro (NCS)
  6. Tyler France, Sr., Scotts Valley (CCS)
  7. Arianna Reyes, Sr., North Salinas (CCS)
  8. Ibtasam Saleh, Sr., Rodrguez (SJS)
  9. Kaely Eva, Sr., Franklin-Elk Grove (SJS)
  10. Monique Young, Sr., Natomas (SJS)

150 POUNDS

  1. Lilly Freitas, Sr., Pitman (SJS)
  2. Leah Brown, Sr., Whitney (SJS)
  3. Katelyn Cardoza, Sr., Ripon (SJS)
  4. Ariana Mercado, Jr., Soledad (CCS)
  5. Abby Siecienski, Sr., Albany (NCS)
  6. An Nguyen, Jr., Evergreen Valley (CCS)
  7. Kylie Leaty, Sr., Yuba City (SJS)
  8. Hana Duus, Jr., Fremont (CCS)
  9. Sonoma Arcilla, Jr., Benicia (NCS)
  10. Brianna Juarez, Sr., Atwater (SJS)

160 POUNDS

  1. Kalila Shrive, Jr., West-Tracy (SJS)
  2. Kaiulani Garcia, So., Gilroy (CCS)
  3. Brooke Logan, Sr., Live Oak (NS)
  4. Vanessa Gutierrez, So., Lincoln-San Jose (CCS)
  5. Bianca Pesole, Jr., Elk Grove (SJS)
  6. Gabryella Austin, Fr., Central Catholic-Modesto (SJS)
  7. Angelinah (Sky) De Leon, Fr., Wilcox-Santa Clara (CCS)
  8. Cora Cost, Jr., Lowell-SF (SFS)
  9. Kiara Daniels, Sr., Los Banos (SJS)
  10. Gianna Perez, Jr., Salinas (CCS)

170 POUNDS

  1. Shannon Workinger, Sr., Quincy (NS)
  2. Kathryn Hingano, So., Rio Linda (SJS)
  3. Sophia Yurkovich, Jr., Liberty-Brentwood (NCS)
  4. Ruby Joseph, Sr., Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (NCS)
  5. Mikayla Lancaster, So., Gregori-Modesto (SJS)
  6. Jolette Torres, Jr., Windsor (NCS)
  7. Brenna Kubiak, Sr., College Park-Pleasant Hill (NCS)
  8. Mariela Rodriguez, So., Salinas (CCS)
  9. Jayden Knox, Sr., Mountain House (SJS)
  10. Philomena Imoka, Sr., Pittsburg (NCS)

189 POUNDS

  1. Samantha Calkins, Sr., Liberty-Brentwood (NCS)
  2. Najeh Russo, Jr., Buhach Colony-Atwater (SJS)
  3. Cynthia Rosales-Perez, Jr., Santa Cruz (CCS)
  4. Monique Grenados, Sr., Santa Teresa-San Jose (CCS)
  5. Leah Sims, Sr., Casa Roble-Orangevale (SJS)
  6. Jericka Renne, Chavez-Stockton (SJS)
  7. Grace Mercado, So., Armijo (SJS)
  8. Haley Gumpfer, Sr., Casa Roble (SJS)
  9. Carla Maldonado, Sr., Petaluma (NCS)
  10. Rawni Self, So., Windsor (NCS)

235 POUNDS

  1. Gemma Templeman, So., Rocklin (SJS)
  2. Casey Rankin, Jr., Casa Roble (SJS)
  3. Leilani Holley, Sr., San Lorenzo (NCS)
  4. Emma Ford, Fr., Bella Vista (SJS)
  5. Micaela Mullan, Sr., El Camino-SF (CCS)
  6. Angela Schykerynec, Jr., Orland (NS)
  7. Rebekkah Westmoreland, Sr., Windsor (NCS)
  8. Destiny Ramirez, Sr., Soledad (CCS)
  9. Calista Randolph, Sr., Calaveras (SJS)
  10. Amber Guglielmi, Sr., Colfax (SJS)

Ike Dodson

Ike Dodson currently works as an information officer for California Correction Health Care Services. Prior to that he was an award-winning journalist with over 14 years of experience writing about the Sac-Joaquin Section.

  • Johnny Juarez

    January 11, 2022 #1 Author

    Brianna Juarez beat Cardoza from Ripon At a 6 way Dual at Livingston High School. They wrestled at 160’s but are now both 150’s.

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  • Mike

    January 11, 2022 #2 Author

    Good start! The #3 160 pounder from Live Oak HS is the Northern Section school (not CCS). Same with the #3 235 pounder from San Lorenzo HS … that’s a North Coast school.

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  • Steven Nelsen

    January 12, 2022 #4 Author

    Leilani Holley is from San Lorenzo NCS not San Lorenzo Valley ccs

    Reply

  • marlon jefferson

    January 19, 2022 #5 Author

    #1 – 150 POUNDS Lilly Freitas, Sr., Pitman (SJS) moved to Wyoming Seminary Kingston, PA.

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