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Ella Jauregui was crowned champion at 121. Photo by Keith Ferrell.

Ella Jauregui, Alexandra Lee, Aviv Kobza and Amelia Clough were each honored as Santa Clara Valley Athletic League girls wrestling champions Saturday at Los Altos High. They helped the Vikings earn the league title with 148 points, just ahead of Wilcox's 139. Gunn was fourth with 92 points.

Gunn's Mikayla Silverman won the title at 150.

This is the first year the girls league tournament is a qualifier for the Central Coast Section tournament, which gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday at San Jose's Independence High. In past years, the CCS girls tournament was often held before league finals.

That's why a league title means more this season than ever before.

"Our goal was to develop team chemistry," said Lee, who pinned her opponent in 2:45 at 131. "We were excited coming in about trying to win the title."

Lee wrestled against a whole new cast of characters after competing at 126 most of the season. To win a CCS title, she'll likely have to wrestle Menlo-Atherton's Anna Smith.

"I lost to her early in the season," Lee said. "I've improved a lot since then."

Lee qualified for the state tournament last year and won a match. She's hoping to get a chane to improve on that.

Jauregui, who beat her opponent 10-4 at 121, went 4-2 at last year's CCS tournament, losing in the blood round, which is so close to placing and earning a trip to state as you can get without actually doing so.

"I'm hoping to make it to state and I'm going to work hard this week," Jauregui said. "Hopefully I can place at state. I'm still looking at it one match at a time and I'm always looking to improve."

Kobza won her title with a pin in 2:40 at 170, while Clough is the 189 champion. Paly's Zoe Wang-VanHaren lost in the championship match at 116.

Gunn's Beanie Jose won her third-place match with a pin at 1:44.

In several other divisions, a round-robin was held to determine individual titles. That's how Silverman won at 150. Gunn's Erica Norton (101) and Jelena Hertzler (106) each placed second while Emma Grant-Bier (111) and Allyson Dinh (126) were fourth. Marianna Smith lost the fifth-place match at 116.

Other Palo Alto placers included Marina Buendia (2nd at 137), Nysa Bhat (3rd at 126) and Ashmita Rajmohan (3rd at 160).

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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

Sadly many the brackets were pretty skimpy as to participants
for most of the SCVAL...
But was obvious from the Paly Girls and many other SCVAL
girl wrestlers, they put in a lot of hard work all season towards
their wrestling skills and technique.
Congrats to the Paly wrestling staff as well.
FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Outstanding and big step for Paly...
Go Vikings.

4 people like this
Posted by Viking fan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:43 am

You go, girls!!!

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Posted by WrestlingFan
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:35 am

Although it was merely glossed over, Mikayla Silverman of Gunn defeated the previous #1 seed in CCS in a major upset to win 1st place and goes into CCS with a #1 pre-seed ranking. There are 2 high schools in Palo Alto, and although Paly happens to be the more dominant wrestling program right now, as Gunn has struggled with long-term coaching staff recently, let's celebrate everyone's achievements. Good luck to all of the Gunn and Paly wrestlers (male and female) at CCS.

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