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Off to a Great Start

The girl’s wrestling team kicks off their season with a successful tournament

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Picture provided by Serena Sanchez

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The Oxnard High School Girl’s Wrestling team had their first tournament at the Magnolia Invitational, placing 7th out of 30 schools.


The Girl’s Wrestling team is comprised of seniors Alyssa Rocha, Serena Sanchez, Tai Soldo, and Nel Tristan; juniors Sierra Olea and Cami Pedro; and freshman Diana Davalos. The team traveled to Magnolia High School in Anaheim on December 2nd and 3rd, 2016 to face off 30 other schools in a wrestling tournament.


The seven girls have been training hard since last year to prepare for this upcoming season. Serena Sanchez said, “It was a lot easier than past matches because of all the training and the weight lifting we’ve been doing this season. It’s really helped us improve our endurance and we were way more conditioned than most of the girls we wrestled.”


In order to prepare for the meet, varsity wrestler Alyssa Rocha said, “Usually, the night before I’ll think about all the wrestling moves that I know. I think about who will be there, and then try to mentally prepare myself. I tell myself ‘Every match counts.’”


The girls didn’t plan on leaving the tournament empty-handed. Overall, the team placed seventh at the tournament. Sanchez, Rocha, Soldo, Tristan, and Olea managed to place in their respective weight class, with Sanchez and Rocha earning first place in theirs.  


Rocha said, “Compared to last year, I’ve improved a lot; I think the entire team has actually. They did really well, and I was really proud of them.”


The team is looking to have a successful season and hopefully make it to State Finals. After becoming CIF champion last year, Rocha wants to defend her title and place in the CIF Finals, so that she can qualify for State. She said, “It’s my last year and I really want to make it count.”


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