Photo by Roger Harnack
Nearly 100 wrestlers, including eight from Sunnyside, turned out Sunday for the all-girls Vandit tournament in Mount Vernon
As of Tuesday, May 2, 2017
MOUNT VERNON Eight Sunnyside girls brought home 10 medals Sunday from the inaugural Vandit Wrestling Academy all-girl, three-style tournament at Mount Vernon High School.
Four of the girls from the Sunnyside Little Grapplers brought home gold from the USA Wrestling-sanctioned event.
Riley Guerrero led the team in black-and-red with two first-place finishes, taking titles in both folkstyle and freestyle.
It was Guerrero’s first time competing in freestyle.
Sisters Alicia and Alexxus Ramos both won their classes in folkstyle.
And Jayla Diaz took gold medal honors in freestyle.
“It was quite the trip over them hills looking for the competition,” coach Daniel Guillen said.
One of the folkstyle matches pitted Sunnyside’s Alicia Ramos and Diaz against each other.
“It was a good battle,” Guillen said. “It always is between them.”
Alicia Ramos won the bout and Diaz took second.
But Diaz bounced back to win the title for the same weight class in freestyle — Alicia Ramos didn’t compete in freestyle.
In folkstyle, Alexis “Lulu” Taylor also brought home silver in her class while Maricela Garcia took third-place in her class.
Two wrestlers who didn’t medal deserve recognition after being bumped up a weight class or two, Guillen said.
“Jasmie Rodriguez, our 113-pounder, had to move up and wrestling 120 pounds,” he said. “It was good mat time for her.”
Rodriguez wrestled in both folkstyle and freestyle.
The same went for Sunnyside’s Teresa Morena, who was bumped up to the heavier 155-pound class in folkstyle.
“Both were definitely the smaller ones in the bunch,” Guillen said. “But they were up for the challenge and wrestled hard.
“Mat time is mat time,” the girls said.
One Sunnyside girl competed in all three classes — folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman.
“Our lone Greco wrestler for us was Alexis ‘Lulu’ Taylor, bringing home the bronze,” Guillen said. “She always does all three styles every chance she gets.
“Very brave and impressive to see in such a young lady — very proud of her.”
Guillen said he was proud of all the Sunnyside girls.
“It was a good first time experience for some of our local girls,” he said of competing in freestyle. “We are hoping to do some more USA tournaments in the off-season in the near future.
USA Wrestling is the sanctioning body for Team USA and the Olympics.