As the season progressed, the Winters High School wrestling team progressed as well, and last Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, it showed. The boys team sent three wrestlers to the NSCIF Masters Meet and all three had a great showing.
In the end though it was Angel Vital standing on the podium with a fifth place finish.
“Angel had a great tournament and was right on the edge of going to the medal rounds,” said coach Andy Gomez. “He fought hard the whole tournament. He just got caught right at the end.”
Kendrick Borchard went 1-2 and Albert Ramos went 0-2.
“Just to get where they got is tough,” Gomez said. “They both have one more season and plan on wrestling in the off season. It was a great season for us,” said Gomez. “We had a lot of fun and a lot of success. We have big plans for next year and we are looking forward to it.”
For the girls team, it was Vanessa Ceja competing at the CIF Girls State Championship Meet for the second straight season. On Friday, Feb. 23, Ceja won her first two matches before battling the eventual state champion in round three and then the seventh place finisher in her fourth match to go 2-2 at the meet and finish in the top 12.
“Vanessa was the most relaxed and composed I’ve seen her in the last four years,” said coach Fernando Gonsalves. “She wrestled her way and represented herself, her family and the Winters wrestling family both in her wins and losses on the biggest stage for California girls high school wrestling. She has set a goal for the next set of girls to come through our program.”
Ceja has made her mark in Winters High School wrestling and at the state level as well. Even though her high school career has come to an end, her future looks bright for the next level. “Vanessa has caught the eye of several college coaches,” said Gomez.
“She is going to have several choices to choose from as far as where she wants to wrestle in college.”