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Forman, Khamjoi among six nationally ranked champions in Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions high school division

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

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Women’s West Coast TOC action image by Chris Mora.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – One of the traditionally strongest girls high school tournaments continued to shine, as the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions completed on Saturday night.

There were 10 nationally ranked athletes among its medalists, including two weight classes in which both finalists were nationally ranked.

The 160-pound class was loaded, with the top three placewinners all in the national rankings. In the finals, No. 13 Johanna Forman of Northview pinned No. 9 Kalila Shrive of Merrill West in 4:57. No. 8 Kaiulani Garcia of Gilroy finished third. Forman edged Garcia, 6-4 in sudden victory in the semifinals.

The other all-nationally ranked finals was at 137 pounds, where No. 11 Taydem Khamjoi of Chavez stopped No. 14 Gianna DiBenedetto of Bella Vista, 6-2.

Other nationally ranked wrestlers who emerged as individual champions were No. 7 Rianne Murphy of Crown Point (IN) at 106, No. 2 Kiely Tabaldo of Menlo Atherton at 111, No. 12 Alex Waitsman of El Camino Real at 116 and No. 29 Loretta Lopez of Elk Grove at 126.

Champions Forman and Leilani Lazaro (121) were among seven place winners who led Northview of California to the team title with 164 points. Basha High School of Arizona was second with 142 points, with Gilroy High School of California third with 134.5 points. There were 78 teams which scored points in this massive event.

The first National Girls High School team ranking of the season is expected next week, and this event will play a big role in how that sorts out.

The tournament also included a college and a middle school division.

At Roseville, Calif., December 17

1st Place Match - Jaelle Cortez (Gilroy) won by fall over Marley Lopin (Nevada Union) (Fall 0:34)
3rd Place Match - Gisele Solano (Franklin (Elk Grove)) won by decision over Athea Valenzuela (Basha) (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match - Kirsten Vue (Natomas) won by decision over Maddie Martin (Oakmont) (Dec 7-1)

1st Place Match – No. 7 Rianne Murphy (Crown Point) won by fall over Lauren Nguyen (Granada) (Fall 1:11)
3rd Place Match - Kaiya Maggini (Del Oro) won by fall over Lexi Garza (Northview) (Fall 2:48)
5th Place Match- Abigail Trujillo (Frontier) won in sudden victory - 1 over Taylor Wells (Granite Bay) (SV-1 9-7)

1st Place Match – No. 2 Kiely Tabaldo (Menlo Atherton) won by tech fall over Rehmat Gill (James Logan) (TF 15-0)
3rd Place Match- Leanna Luchico (Laguna Creek) won by fall over Adriana A. Gomez (Basha) (Fall 1:00)
5th Place Match - Andrea Gonzalez (Davis) won by fall over Estrella Contreras (Silver Creek) (Fall 2:12)

1st Place Match – No. 12 Alex Waitsman (El Camino Real) won by fall over Cynthia Meza (Calaveras) (Fall 2:38)
3rd Place Match – No. 27 B.K. Martinez (Ayala) won by fall over Malia Niimi (Granite Bay) (Fall 1:49)
5th Place Match - Breanna Packheiser (Placer) won by major decision over Svea Gonzalez (Benicia) (Maj 12-2)

1st Place Match - Leilani Lazaro (Northview) won by major decision over Andee Anderson (Basha) (Maj 9-1)
3rd Place Match - Breseis Serrano (Lincoln Stockton) won by decision over Arianna Villa (Edison) (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match - Maile Nguyen (Granada) won by fall over Samantha Rivera (Northview) (Fall 2:55)

1st Place Match – No. 29 Loretta Lopez (Elk Grove) won by fall over Tamara Grace (Gilroy) (Fall 3:47)
3rd Place Match - Carmella Foley (James Logan) won by fall over Hailey Kagle (Orland) (Fall 4:43)
5th Place Match - Mason Harsch (Monte Vista) won by fall over Meredith Nash (Reed) (Fall 1:49)

1st Place Match - Skye Schneider (Elk Grove) won by fall over Maddy Young (Upper Lake) (Fall 3:30)
3rd Place Match - Mary Jane Porter (Gilroy) won by injury default over Kayse Martinovsky (Scotts Valley) (Inj. 0:00)
5th Place Match - Lily Mogler (Tokay) won by decision over Emma Meadows (Roseville) (Dec 9-6)

1st Place Match – No. 11 Taydem Khamjoi (Chavez) won by decision over No. 14 Gianna DiBenedetto (Bella Vista) (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match - Oriyana Castex (Laguna Creek) won by fall over Alex Maday (Whitney) (Fall 2:54)
5th Place Match - Janie Houser (Aptos) won by fall over Maya Chiavola (Paradise) (Fall 3:20)

1st Place Match - Dafne Guadarrama (Franklin (Elk Grove)) won by fall over No. 27 Annabelle Davis (Azle) (Fall 3:20)
3rd Place Match - Andrea Mateo (Northview) won by fall over Shyra Randle (Natomas) (Fall 1:51)
5th Place Match - Grace Gurrola (Bear River) won by fall over Gurneet Sanghera (Merrill West) (Fall 2:42)

1st Place Match - Mikayla Lancaster (Gregori) won by fall over Avangeline Turner (Davis) (Fall 3:54)
3rd Place Match - Megan Stottsberry (Orland) won by decision over Kayleen Tuavao (Tokay) (Dec 6-4)
5th Place Match - Najeh Russo (Buhach Colony) won by fall over Leilani Igarashi (Del Oro) (Fall 5:00)

1st Place Match – No. 13 Johanna Forman (Northview) won by fall over No. 9 Kalila Shrive (Merrill West) (Fall 4:57)
3rd Place Match – No. 8 Kaiulani Garcia (Gilroy) won by major decision over Alexis Peregrina (Upper Lake) (Maj 11-0)
5th Place Match - Emily Tran (Monterey Trails) won by forfeit over Natalie Lopez (Northview) (FF)

1st Place Match - Jolette Torres (Windsor) won by decision over Trinity Bouchal (Basha) (Dec 7-6)
3rd Place Match - Kathryn Hingano (Rio Linda) won by fall over Evelyn Vargas (Merced) (Fall 2:21)
5th Place Match - Maryla Franklin (Foothill (Sacramento)) won by fall over Mariah Fales (East Nicolaus) (Fall 4:51)

1st Place Match - Elizabeth Reynaga-Nunez (Monterey Trails) won by decision over No. 30 Maria Aiono (Reed) (Dec 10-5)
3rd Place Match - Bianca Pesole (Elk Grove) won by fall over Brianna Hernandez (C K Mc Clatchy) (Fall 4:31)
5th Place Match - Angela Gutierrez (Gridley) won by decision over Daisy Garcia (Northview) (Dec 1-0)

1st Place Match - Emma Ford (Bella Vista) won by decision over Gemma Templeman (Rocklin) (Dec 5-4)
3rd Place Match - Jaime Shapton (Pleasant Grove) won by fall over Talia Katzenberger (River Valley) (Fall 0:59)
5th Place Match - Daniela Gomez (James Logan) won by forfeit over Joana Lopez-Padilla (Buhach Colony) (FF)

Top Ten Teams
1. Northview CA, 164.0
2. Basha, AZ, 142.0
3. Gilroy CA, 134.5
4. Elk Grove CA, 107.0
5. James Logan CA, 98.0
6. Granada CA, 82.5
7. Monterey Trails CA, 79.0
8. Reed NV, 77.0
9. Laguna Creek CA, 76.0
10. Tokay CA, 76.0
of 78 teams scoring points.
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