Lady Jacks wrestlers hang tough at Warden Invitational
Cynthia Diaz started her season off right with a first-place finish at 120 lbs at an invitational girls wrestling tournament in Warden last weekend.
Diaz, who missed the team’s first clashes of the season until she could have enough practices, was not the only one Lady Jack wrestler making her mark in Warden.
“The first match of the season is always the hardest; you’re gassed no matter what,” said Devan Silva, the Lady Jacks’ first-year coach. “You gotta snap your body into remembering what it’s like to go through such an anaerobic process.”
An anaerobic exercise is an exercise that consists of high-intensity, short-exertion movements, such as wrestling. Diaz was pretty tired in that first match “but looked like an absolute stud in all her following matches,” Silva said. “She is tough.”
Diaz is a state veteran and a senior, and that experience helps. At four feet, eight inches, it also helps her to have a lower center of gravity, Silva added.
Xochitl Tafoya finished fifth at 105 lbs. and Brenda Salgado finished fifth at 170 lbs. Tafoya lost in the first round and then mounted an impressive comeback that paved her way to a fifth-place finish.
“She won all her other matches, to place fifth,” Silva said. “That shows the charisma of an athlete and the mental fortitude. I was pretty proud of that.”
Salgado “made her case for staying at 170,” Silva said, with strong performances at Eastmont and now at Warden.
“She’s gone to two tournament, she’s placed, so, case made. She can hang out there for a while,” Silva said.
The Lady Jacks would have had more wrestlers do well, but one wrestler, who finished second at Eastmont’s inaugural Ladycat Kickoff, missed the bus to Warden.
Abigail Castillo, Sofia Ramirez (one win), Shannon “Ducky” Workinger (one win), Leslie Carrillo (two wins) all competed at the tournament, with Workinger having to wrestle her matches as exhibition matches.
“She weighed in below 145 lbs.,” Silva said. “But because of her weight certification, she can only wrestle at 155 until next weekend. She wrestled exhibitions and in one of those matches she beat the girl who ended up taking second at that tournament.”
Next up for the Lady Jacks is an early morning trip to Newport, outside Spokane, for the Newport Girls Invite, on Dec. 15.
“It’ll be a good tournament, everything is falling into place for us,” Silva said. “We got Cynthia back, we got ‘Ducky’ down to weight, and a couple of wrestlers who haven’t been eligible up to this point, now they are eligible and I think we are going to see some good stuff from them.”
The Lady Jacks are still waiting for their first home date of the season.
“We are going to have a mix-and-match on Dec. 22 at home,” Silva said, referring to the name given to a more informal brand of wrestling tournament. The girls will weigh in and the coaches will set them up with matches, Silva added. Then in January the team will have a couple of double duals at home.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com