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THE COLLECTERS: Del Oro wrestlers win gold at Placer Valley Tourism's West Coast TOC

By: Ike Dodson of the Auburn Journal
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Elite female wrestlers can’t invade Northern California’s prep wrestling venues without paying the toll to Del Oro’s vaunted trio — Kaleigh Burrage, Candice Corralejo and Savannah Scott.

The three standouts rolled through opposition at the 3rd Annual Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions Saturday at the Hardwood Palace in Rocklin.

The event was hosted by Placer Valley Tourism, the Sacramento Area Wrestling Association and Cliff Keen Wrestling.

More than 40 teams made the trek to compete in 14 weight classes, ranging from 101 to 235 pounds. With several college coaches in attendance, Del Oro ended second in scoring (149.5 points) to reigning California Interscholastic Federation team champion, Selma (162.5).

Burrage landed one of the most prestigious victories of the tournament to win the title at 137 pounds. Del Oro’s returning state champion beat Benicia’s Shelly Avelino, another CIF champ, in a 7-4 gold medal thriller. Avelino had won their previous meeting this season.

“Shelly is a great wrestler and I am glad I got the win today, but I know I will face her again throughout the season,” Burrage said. “So I need to keep working hard and get better.”

Scott drew Benicia’s Tara Othman in the finals at 121 pounds. After securing early nearfall points, Scott held on late and prevailed 5-4.

Corralejo found a familiar Sac-Joaquin Section foe in Vista del Lago’s Savannah Vierra and won the 131-pound final via first-round pin to stay undefeated on the year.

“Most of the girls had a good day,” Del Oro coach Angela Vyborny said. “Our experienced wrestlers came home with medals and our beginners wrestled well.”

Del Oro nabbed another five medals across the brackets.

Emalee Beavers was third at 170 while Izzy Watson took fourth at 150. Amber Ratkowski (111), Isabel Clark (121) and Lindsay Jansen (235) all finished fifth.

The Golden Eagles practice this week in preparation for a road trip to Los Angeles to close the month. The squad will host a gift wrapping fundraiser Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Del Oro cafeteria.