Wrestler of the Year

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all area girls wrestling

Cindy Pelayo, East High Cindy Pelayo, East High

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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.

 

First team

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Genesis Quirarte

Genesis Quirarte, Ridgeview.

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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.

 
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Yaquilen Ramierez

Yaquilen Ramierez, Arvin

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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.

 
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Brittney Collier

Brittney Collier, Golden Valley

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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.

 
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Jenessa Rodriguez

Jenessa Rodriguez, Ridgeview

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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.

 
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Chloe Belman

Chloe Belman, Liberty high

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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.

 
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Assata Lewis

Assata Lewis, Golden Valley

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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.

 
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Esther Briseno

All area Esther Briseno, Golden Valley, wrestling.

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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.

 
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Shareni Donis

Shareni Donis, South High

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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.

 
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Avea Lefotu

Avealoumamalu Lefotu, Golden Valley

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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.

 
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Stephanie Mota

Stephanie Mota, South High

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Stephanie Mota, South

170 pounds • senior

Won the Central Section title after also winning the Kern County championship. Finished with a 15-3 record.

 
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Monica Chavez

Monica Chavez, Golden Valley.

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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.

 
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Kayvette Osorio

All area Kayvette Osorio, Golden Valley, wrestling.

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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.

 
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Nadia Marquez

Nadia Marquez, Mira Monte

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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.

 
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Kiley Alvarez

Kiley Alvarez, Highland

Felix Adamo

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.

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