Lady Eagle wrestlers pick up where they left offBy: Nick Pecoraro
Perennial stalwarts in the Sac-Joaquin Section for girls wrestling, the Lady Golden Eagles of Del Oro relied on a pin in the final match of its first tournament last Saturday.
Sophomore heavyweight Jasmine Guerrero (235 pounds) scored a pinfall at the 2:38 mark of the last championship match of the evening over Sosefina Nawaikula of Lincoln of San Jose High School.
Although it was Del Oro’s only victory of any weight class in the tournament, it was enough to push the Golden Eagles past Menlo-Atherton, 141-136.5, in the annual Lady Royal Classic at Overfelt High in San Jose.
“I am happy with the matches but still trying to get into wrestling shape,” said Guerrero, who also played for the Del Oro frosh football team. “I hope that as my strength and conditioning improve, I will continue to get better.”
Competing in her first tournament of the season, Guerrero won all three of her matches en route to being named Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weight division.
Senior Maicie Lockyer (143) and sophomore Leila Sidhu (106) each made it to the finals of their respective divisions.
Lockyer was tied at four with 2018 state qualifier Eleni Fakaosi of Lincoln heading into the third period. But an escape from Fakaosi gave her a one-point victory. Sidhu scored pins in 25 seconds and 1:06 in the respective quarterfinal and semifinal before falling in the finals at the 4:18 mark to Nicole Lee of Fremont, a two-time state qualifier.
Sophomore Stacy Culmer (126) finished third, and junior Mariah Cortez (126) and senior Mary Lubiens (170) finished in fourth place.
“Every wrestler contributed today and it took all we had to scrape together a team title,” said Del Oro assistant coach Angela Vyborny. “It wasn’t till the last pin of the night that we secured the win.”
Del Oro is coming off a season in which they were the Sac-Joaquin Section champions for the second time in the last five years. The Golden Eagles have been in the championship finals in each of the last five years. Lockyer is the lone returnee who qualified for the state tournament a year ago.
The Lady Eagles hosted their first home dual meet Wednesday against the Chico Wildcats in the Bonner Gym and came away with a 60-12 victory.
Del Oro head coach Mike Maben contributed to this story.