A team of six Porterville High School girls wrestlers took 15th overall at the “Last Girl Standing” tournament on Friday, Nov. 29, in Lemoore.
Of those competing one of the two to make the podium was freshman standout Samantha Pina, who placed second in the 131-pound weight class. Pina is currently 8-1 this season with her only loss coming to returning state qualifier, junior Izabella Evans, in the 131-pound final match. The freshman has come on strong early and made a statement by defeating returning Central Section fifth place medalist, Rhiannon Cabutotan, in the quarterfinals 10-2 for the major decision.
The other Porterville wrestler with a breakout day was sophomore Mattea Monroe at 143 pounds. After failing to make weight, the first-year wrestler made the best of a bad day. After dropping her first match she got her first win of the season and rallied for three straight pins to come back for third place.
Also competing for the Lady Panthers was Jalyssa Senoran (101) who went 1-2, Alyssa Olmedo (132) 0-2, Jayla Smithey (170) 0-2 and Sequoia Cook (189) 3-2.
The Monache Marauders also attended Lemoore’s “Last Girl Standing Tournament” and are picking up right where they left off. The developing team is continuing to be led by junior Charlotte Kouyoumtjian, who en route to her championship at the 121-pound weight class amassed four pins to show why she’s a favorite to repeat as Central Section Masters champion and a serious contender for state champion.
Also making the podium for the Lady Marauders was junior Rhiannon Cabutotan (131), who had a great tournament with one fall to Porterville’s Samantha Pina in the quarterfinals of the 131-pound weight class. Due to match count she was forced to tie for third place.
Also placing in the top three was senior Ramona Ortega (189). After dropping her opening match to Alejandra Moreno from Mt. Whitney High School, Ortega won her next two matches setting up a rematch of her opening round loss to Moreno. The stage was set but do to a medical injury, Moreno was forced to forfeit the match and Ortega was awarded the third place medal.
Other Monache Wrestlers competing were: Valeria Cardenas (121), Fontaine Kouyoumtjian (131), Kristine Leyva (137) and Stephanie Urrutia (160).
The Granite Hills Grizzlies were represented exceptionally well by lone wrestler Laura Gonzalez at the 235-pound weight class. The senior transfer entered being a major factor in the rankings. Before reaching the finals at Lemoore’s “Last Girls Standing” she managed to wrestle a total of 1 minute and 45 seconds before falling to Redwood junior Lynice Luna in the finals.
Expect all three local teams to be at Monache High School on Saturday, Dec. 7 for the 4th annual RM Parks all-girls wrestling tournament. The tournament will showcase 38 teams from all around the Central Valley and one from the North Coast Section. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.