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Del Oro girls win historic first dual, then tournament

By: Staff report
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It was a busy but fruitful week for the Del Oro Lady Eagles girls wrestling team.
On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles helped make CIF North Section history when they competed against Chico High in what was the first high school dual girls wrestling match in North Section history.
Then, following their decisive 55-15 win over the Panthers, the Lady Eagles motored to the Bay Area on Saturday to participate in the Roger Birones Invitational at San Leandro High.
Competing at the Birones meet, the Lady Eagle wrestlers looked strong as they amassed 177 team points on their way to grabbing a first-place finish.
Del Oro had four wrestlers in the finals, including two tournament champions. One of them was Candice Corralejo, who was voted the Most Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler.
Corralejo extended her undefeated streak and pinned all of her opponents in the 143-pound weight class, culminating in the finals match against Tayha Basped of McNair High School.
Corralejo was pleased with the team’s win.  
“I think we did a good job as a team, there are a lot of girls that wrestled well, this is a pretty good group,” she said.   
Emalee Beavers, at 189 pounds, and Jasmine Guerrero, in the heavyweight class, took second places. 
Maicie Lockyer, at 137 pounds, and Stacy Culmer, at 121 pounds, earned third places. Charlotte Phillips, at 111 pounds, took fourth.
This weekend, the Lady Eagles will vie in the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions, which will draw the best female wrestlers in the state to the Hardwood Palace in Roseville. 
The tournament will start on Friday afternoon and will be live streamed on FLOWRESTLING.com; for more information, go to www.wwctoc.com.