BRAWLEY - The Brawley Union High School wrestling umbrella added another CIF title to its already packed trophy case Saturday, but this one was a little different, since it was the Lady Wildcats who brought home the gold this time. The Wildcats edged out the Valley Center Ladies squad by a team score of 183.0 to Valley Centers' 146.0. Eastlake High followed with a score of 98.0. In total, 54 teams from the San Diego Section participated in the event.
“It was such a great opportunity and awesome experience to host CIF. Our team was motivated to perform well, knowing that we would be in contention for the CIF Title,” said Brawley Head Coach Ray Leon.
While the Wildcats took first place, the Imperial Valley as a whole brought home three individual gold medals as Brawley’s Jadyn Jardon won the 137 pound division, knocking off the #1 seed by a third round pin in the finals. It was a match that was was highly anticipated throughout the event, and tied going into the final round.
In the 121 pound division, Imperial’s Ariah Barragan finished in first place, defending her top ranking and finishing all of her opponents by fall going into her finals matchup. In another exiting final, Barragan dug deep to hold off her opponent after scoring early, and cruised to a closely contested 4-3 victory.
At 101 pounds, Calexico’s Karen Salais finished in first, pinning all three of her opponents including a first round pin in the finals over the #2 seed.
“We are grateful and appreciative of the continued support from the local community. Winning our first Girls Wrestling Championship at home was more than we could have asked for,” said Leon.
Imperial Valley placers are as follows:
Brawley: 101 Jailynn Lopez, 5th place; 116 Nyah Smallwood, 5th place; 121 Jalissa Alvarez, 5th place; 137 Jadyn Jardon, 1st place; 143 Dylan Jardon, 5th place; 160 Allie Garcia, 5th place; 170 Miricle Barra, 3rd place; 189 Jordan Crosson, 6th place; 235 Aislinn Hernandez, 2nd place.
Calexico: 101 Karen Salais, 1st place.
Central: 170 Chloe Rabe, 4th place.
Imperial: 121 Ariah Barragan, 1st place.