East County mat women blaze trail to state with elite CIF place-finishes


The San Diego Section’s inaugural girls Masters state-qualifying tournament is set to take place Friday, Feb. 14, at Steele Canyon High School with a field full of East County hopefuls.
The 112-person field was set following last Saturday’s history-making Division I and Division II championship tournaments.
Previously, only one CIF qualifying event was held to display the robust growth of girls wrestling within the section.
Three East County mat women captured individual weight class championships at last weekend’s division finals.
Steele Canyon finished second among teams at the Division I tournament at San Ysidro High School with nine place-finishers while Helix was ninth with two place-winners.
Individual weight class champions included Steele Canyon’s Toren Dunbar (118 pounds) and Helix’s Alyssa Campos (133).
Second-place medalists included Granite Hills’ Kailey Smith (103) along with Steele Canyon’s Brianna Schultz (133) and Faith Manis (191).
Olympian won the Division I team title with 209 points while Steele Canyon tallied 143 points.
West Hills set the pace for East County teams at the Division II tournament at Santana High School with a fifth-place team finish with six place-winners.
West Hills’ Diane Baker won the gold medal at 172 pounds while West Hills’ Chloe Tolentino (113) and Mount Miguel’s Tatiyana Pena (237) both finished second in their respective weight classes.
Brawley won the team title with a runaway 312 points.
The top three place-finishers in each weight class at Friday’s Masters event advance to the state meet Feb. 27-29 in Bakersfield