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Del Oro girls wrestling win inaugural Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions

By: Auburn Journal staff
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The Del Oro girls wrestling team got to sleep in an extra hour last weekend thanks to the Placer County Board of Tourism.

Traditionally, the girls will travel across Northern California to compete, but PVT  hosted the first ever Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions at Rocklin’s Hardwood Palace.

The event was a resounding success for area wrestling and a big win for Del Oro, considering the girls captured a one-sided tournament championship.

Five girls reached the finals and three were gold medal winners.

Leading the way for Del Oro was senior team captain Elena Topete, who fought her way off of her back for a come-from-behind victory over Molly Wallace of Orestimba.

“Elena never gave up and because of her tenacity she came away with a narrow 5-4 win,” Del Oro coach Justin McGuire said.

Topete was not the only Placer County resident to find success at the tournament. Senior Lauren Mason of Woodcreek High, an Auburn resident, also won the tournament by pinning Jessica Sanchez of Tulare in a vicious arm bar to claim the title at 116 pounds.  Even though both Topete and Mason attend different high schools in different towns, both of them were in the same kindergarten class at Auburn Elementary and stayed close friends.

“Lauren and I have been friends since kindergarten,” Topete said. “She is a great athlete and a better person.

“I am so happy for all of her success and I am glad we got to share this experience.”

Del Oro’s Maddie Anderson (235) and Candace Corralejo also took gold at the WWCTC. Emelia Kingston (second at 189), Paige Martinsen (third at 143), Kaleigh Burrage (second at 137), Savannah Scott (third at 121) and Yao Yao Wolansky (third at 111) also ended top three for Del Oro.

The Golden Eagles (180 team points) easily outscored second-place Enochs (131).

This week, the team travels to Northview High School in Covina to compete in the Speedwear Invitational.

Del Oro begins the highly anticipated Napa Valley Classic Jan. 8.

“We are about to enter the grind, that part of the season where the tournaments will get tough and the competition is even tougher,” Del Oro coach Jenny Blanco said. “I can’t wait to see what our girls are capable of.”

If last weekend is any kind of indication, Placer County should be well represented and well rested.