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February 4, 2009 > Newark Memorial girls nab second

Newark Memorial girls nab second

Submitted By Timothy S. Hess

The Newark Memorial Lady Cougar wrestlers followed up their CIF NorCal Regional Title with a second-place finish at the California Girls Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The team championship was very competitive, as the top four teams were separated by a mere five points.

Pioneer Valley won the tourney with 125 points; Newark Memorial followed with 122.5; third place went to Pittsburg with 121; Jesse Bethel was fourth with 120 points; and West Covina was fifth at 118.5 team points.

The tournament, hosted by Hanford West High, is considered the most prestigious in the state, with 105 teams represented, and approximately 500 girls competing from all over California.

The Cougars were led by junior Alyssa Hess, who won the individual championship at 156 pounds. In the semifinals, Alyssa faced number-two seed Kelly Charlton of Tamalpais, who defeated Hess at the CIF NorCal Regionals. The result was different this time, as Hess scored a first-round pin. In the finals, Hess faced top seeded Jackie Williams of La Serna and pinned her in the third round.

Sophomore Katie Burdick, the NorCal champ at 167 pounds, lost a tough quarterfinal match against Monica Kirkpatrick of Terra Nova. Burdick fought all the way back to earn a spot in the third-place match, where she matched up, once again, with Kirkpatrick. This time, Burdick won, 8-5, to take third.

Justine Sanchez defeated Julia Dimu of Castro Valley to place fifth at140; Thuy Tran pinned Melanie Delia of Santa Monica in the 116-pound seventh-place match; and junior Laura Choate was eighth at 128.

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