Wrestlers compete at West Coast TOC

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Winters High School’s wrestling team sent two Warriors to the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions. It is a premier all-female tournament, and the largest all-female tournament in the United States and Canada. High School wrestlers were able to meet with college coaches to learn more about their wrestling programs, recruitment processes and possible scholarships. The two Warriors who went were Valeria Ceja and Alaina Corliss. Both are Sophomores and assets to the wrestling team. Valeria is known as “the little Ceja” to the team. She is the younger sister of Vanessa and Richard Ceja, Winters wrestlers from years past. Vanessa won fourth place in last year’s nationals. Valeria’s first opponent on Saturday was a four time state champion. Valeria did not win the match. During the tournament she won four and lost two matches. “Going into the match Ceja knew who she was wrestling. She did very well for the difference in skill level,” said Coach Andy Gomez. Corliss wrestled in two matches on Friday. After losing she was moved to Junior Varsity and allowed to continue to wrestle. Even though there were losses, Corliss got valuable mat time early in the season. Overall, Corliss won none and lost five matches. “Alaina drew some pretty good girls, but gave them a run for their money,” said Coach Fernando Goncalves. “Alaina had some tough hard fought matches, but just fell short of a win.”]]>

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