Petaluma and Casa Grande high schools’ girls fared well in the oldest and one of the most prestigious girls wrestling tournaments in the nation.
The Napa Valley Girls Classic attracted 120 high schools from all over California, Nevada and Oregon. More than 700 girls competed in the two-day event. Along them were some of the best girl wrestlers in the state and the nation.
Petaluma’s Cindy Diaz continued her impressive season, going 3-2 in the 45-wrestler 106-pound division. All three of her wins were by pin and she was just one win away from advancing to the second day of competition.
She came close to upsetting the nationally No. 3-ranked wrestler, catching her highly touted opponent with a throw in the third period.
Alyssa Archer also went 3-2, with all her wins in the 121-pound bracket coming by pins.
Citlalle Calderon was 1-2 in the 116-pound class, not only earning a win, but getting needed competitive mat time after an injury in the same tournament ended her season last year.
Sarah Markovich, wrestling up a weight class, was 0-2 at 160 pounds.
“I am extremely proud of how well the girls wrestled considering the level of competition,” said Petaluma girls coach Mike Butts. “They now know what to work on in the upcoming weeks. We should be in top form come section and state time.”
Casa frosh third
Casa Grande freshman Lillian McCoy was 4-1 in the tournament, with two pins and two decisions to finish third. Teammate Bridgitte Mihalca was 3-3 with three pins, finishing sixth.