Queen of the Mat

From left to right are Liberty Ranch’s Olivia Torres and Kaylee Ceja, who placed at the Women’s West Coast tournament, and Itzel Medina one week before the Hawks competed at the Queen of the Mat tournament.

With several of their wrestlers competing at a different weight class than their normal weight class, the Liberty Ranch Hawks saw successful results at Pittsburg High School’s Queen of the Mat on Dec. 28.

The tournament included girls wrestling, varsity boys and JV boys wrestling categories; Edgar Medina placed second in the JV boys division, Itzel Medina placed fourth, Julisa Del Toro placed fifth, Kaylee Ceja placed seventh and Elias Medina placed fifth for varsity boys.

The tournament is one of the rated girls tournaments that helped female wrestlers with their state seeding, said Liberty Ranch coach Brian Robinson. There are three girl tournaments that are rated, Robinson noted.

The matches were Elias Medina’s first matches of the year because he had an injured shoulder.

“He wrestled two weight classes above where he’s going to be. He would have probably been going for third but the sound system was so bad he was scratched from a match,” Robinson said, adding that Medina missed a call for one of the matches. Of his progress on his first tournament of the year, Robinson was pleased. “That’s a good sign for him.”

In the girls division, Robinson noted several highlights from the tournament as well.

“The freshman Kaylee Ceja, she’s actually won a couple matches, she got her feet wet and started running a little more; I expect good stuff from her and both of our girls, Itzel and Julissa, who wrestled a weight class above what they’re doing.”

Due to the unpredictability of food portions during the holidays, plus the fact that they have had tournaments every weekend during the break, Robinson noted that the Hawks were holding practice regularly.

“It’s tougher to make those weight classes during the holidays. That’s why we still practice during the holidays,” said Robinson.

The Hawks will compete in their final tournament before the end of the break this weekend at the Vista del Lago Invitational.

The tournament is a combined girls and JV boys tournament, which will also be a warmup for the Napa tournament, which is the largest in the nation for girls. Last year there were approximately 635 entries, according to Robinson.