Wrestler of the Year
Cindy Pelayo, East
121 pounds • junior
The lone Kern County wrestler to earn a medal the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships, taking sixth place at 121 pounds. She also won a Kern County title and was the Central Section runner-up.
Genesis Quirarte, Ridgeview
101 pounds • freshman
A stellar freshman campaign ended with a third-place finish at the section championships. Finished sixth at the Napa Valley Classic and won a Kern County championship.
Yaquilen Ramierez, Arvin
116 pounds • junior
The Central Section champion went 1-2 at the state championships, won the Last Girl Standing title and medaled at Queen of the Valley and Rumble in the Jungle.
Brittney Collier, Golden Valley
121 pounds • senior
Finished third in the section, second at the Kern County championships and won a title in the Last Girl Standing tournament. Finished the season at 23-8.
Jenessa Rodriguez, Ridgeview
126 pounds • junior
Finished with a 3-2 record at the state championships. Placed second at the section championships, won a county title and finished with a 21-6 record.
Chloe Belman, Liberty
137 pounds • junior
The Central Section runner-up was 29-7 and came away with titles at Queen of the Valley and the Sanger Invite. She finished 1-2 at the state championships.
Assata Lewis, Golden Valley
143 pounds • sophomore
Central Section champion also finished second in the county championships and at Last Girl Standing. Finished with a 22-12 record.
Esther Briseno, Golden Valley
150 pounds • junior
Finished second in the section championships, at the county championships and at Last Girl Standing. Qualified for state and finished 22-12 this season.
Shareni Donis, South
160 pounds • sophomore
The Central Section champion went 18-5 for the Rebels, including 1-2 at the state championships. She won the Kern County championship with a 3-2 decision over Avea Lefotu.
Avea Lefotu, Golden Valley
160 pounds • junior
Returned to the state meet after suffering a season-ending injury at the section finals in 2015. Took second in the section this year and was 33-5 overall.
Stephanie Mota, South
170 pounds • senior
Won the Central Section title after also winning the Kern County championship. Finished with a 15-3 record.
Monica Chavez, Golden Valley
170 pounds • junior
In a loaded weight class, the junior finished third at the Central Section finals and was runner-up at the county championships. Finished with an 18-11 record.
Kayvette Osorio, Golden Valley
189 pounds • sophomore
The Central Section champion also won titles at the county championships and the Golden West Invitational. Finished the year with a 24-10 record.
Nadia Marquez, Mira Monte
189 pounds • senior
In her first year wrestling — and Marquez began the season a month late — she finished fourth at the county championships and third at section with a 10-4 overall record.
Kiley Alvarez, Highland
Heavyweight • senior
Finished the season with a 12-3 record. Central Section runner-up won the first Kern County championships and was a state qualifier after finishing third in the section in 2015.