West junior Iman Kazem will represent her school at the upcoming California Interscholastic Federation girls wrestling state championships following her fourth-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin-Northern Section Girls Wrestling Regional Tournament on Friday and Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
Kazem went 6-2 at the regional tournament, winning her first match in the 137-pound weight class by pin in 39 seconds and losing a 13-9 decision in the second round. She then won five matches in a row — three by pin, one by major decision and another by decision — to get to the third-place match. She lost on a 9-2 decision to Inesha West-Taylor of Bear Creek High.
Kazem said her adrenaline kicked in the second day and gave her the energy to go the distance.
“My training prepared me to endure that many matches, but at the same time, I was pretty beat up after the whole thing,” Kazem said.
By making the top five, she earned a place at the state championships, to be held in Visalia on Feb. 28 and March 1.
“I’m just really ready keep training hard, go there and give it my all and see what happens,” she said. “The whole feeling of being at state, it’s something that I’ve wanted for a while.”
Kimball High sophomore Brittany Rose (150) also wrestled at the weekend tournament. She lost her first match on a second-round pin, came back with a pin in 1:25 and lost on an 8-6 decision.
Wrestlers from 100 schools competed. The top team was Tokay High of Lodi, with a score of 128. Tokay wrestlers claimed five medals, including two golds. Kazem’s wins gave West a team score of 23.
Wolf Pack second at Colt Invitational
The West wrestling team placed second out of 45 teams Saturday at the fifth annual Colt Invitational at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.
Freshman Greg Viloria, wrestling in the 115-pound weight class, led the nine Wolf Pack wrestlers with a gold medal in his bracket. Viloria entered as the top seed and won all three of his matches, the first two by major decision and a 3-1 decision in the final.
Junior George Rivas (108) placed second, going 4-1 for the day. Third-place wrestlers were senior Carlos Vasquez (134) and senior Antonio Orosco (154). Junior Adrian Zepeda (197) placed fourth, sophomore Modesto Silvestre (128) placed fifth and junior Angel Castillo (122) placed sixth. Sophomore Isaiah Juan (14) and junior Patrick McDonald (147) both won in their consolation brackets.
West totaled 155.5 team points. Coach Carlos Salazar said a few more individual wins would have put the Wolf Pack ahead of Aptos High, which scored 163 points for first place.
He added that all nine West wrestlers who attended earned medals, a strong showing in the last tournament of the regular season.
“It was a good turnout and a good way to finish the season, going into league,” Salazar said.
The TCAL tournament will be Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
Bear Creek 44, Tracy 33
The Bulldog wrestling team lost its final dual match of the San Joaquin Athletic Association Season on Feb. 6 at Bear Creek High in Stockton.
Tracy (1-4 SJAA) won six of the 14 matches but gave up three forfeits. Junior Tomaz Landeros (152) won by pin in 1:10, sophomore Luis Segura (182) won by pin in 3:05, sophomore Kevin Thompson (195) won by pin in 3:18, senior James Faile (220) won by pin in 1:50 and junior Bryce Huckaby (170) won a 9-6 decision. Tracy also won a match by forfeit.
Bear Creek had three pins and two technical falls.
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