Record Turnout at Angel City Grand Prix

Head Referee Pat Hayhurst reviews freestyle rules prior to the start of competition

Head Referee Pat Hayhurst reviews freestyle rules prior to the start of competition

April 25, 2016    |    Over 150 girls from 10 California counties converged on South El Monte HS for the 3rd annual Angel City Grand Prix held on April 23, 2016. After a review of freestyle rules from the head referee and a welcome from Ricardo Padilla of the El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, the girls were honored to receive a special message from Tatiana Suarez Padilla, current contestant on TUF 23 airing on Fox Sports 1.

“You may have plans for yourself, and they may not always go your way,” Tatiana said. “But, what you do from there – how you persevere – will make you who you are today.”

“Don’t allow life’s challenges to hold you down,” she continued. “Choose to overcome anything and everything that comes your way. Rejoice in your sufferings, because you will only become better equipped to deal with obstacles.”

Tatiana Suarez Padilla speaks to the Angel City Grand Prix competitors

Tatiana Suarez Padilla speaks to the Angel City Grand Prix competitors

Throughout the competition, the girls did just that. They met the obstacles before them and persevered even when their plans didn’t go their way. The girls competed in 5 different age divisions. At the end of the tournament, medals were awarded to the top 3 finishers in each of the 37 brackets. Each champion was awarded a Beat the Streets Los Angeles t-shirt. All Intermediate, Schoolgirl, and Novice division champions were awarded with headbands sponsored by WrestlingMart. All Cadet and Junior division champions were awarded with a CHAMPION–emblazoned gear bag, also courtesy of WrestlingMart.

For their achievements, Sumaya Lazaro and Amara Devericks, respectively, were named lower-weight and upper-weight Outstanding Wrestlers. Sumaya competed in the Intermediate division, 65 pound weight class, winning all 3 of her matches by technical fall without surrendering a point. Amara competed in the Junior division, 198 pound weight class, winning by a fall and two technical falls. These two wrestlers also received a $25 gift certificate to WrestlingMart for their accomplishment.

BTSLA thanks all those who made the Angel City Grand Prix live up to its billing as the premier all-girls freestyle tournament in Southern California. The event was made possible thanks to the hard work and contributions of California USA Wrestling, the City of South El Monte, Wrestling Mart, the South El Monte HS wrestling program, BTSLA staff and volunteers, and all the wrestlers, coaches, and fans in attendance.

Upper-weight Outstanding Wrestler Amara Devericks from San Clemente, top, competes in the Junior 198lb finals against Katelyn Blanchard from Tulare Elite

Upper-weight Outstanding Wrestler Amara Devericks from San Clemente, top, competes in the Junior 198lb finals against Katelyn Blanchard from Tulare Elite

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All photos by Dana Barsuhn

 

Coming later this week: the complete photo album from the event

 

Results:

45 pounds | Intermediate Division

1st — Evelyn Lopez, Anza Bobcats

2nd — Janae Tessandore, TRU

3rd — Ariel Roos, Santa Monica Bay

 

55 pounds | Intermediate Division

1st — Juliet Salazar, Tuff Kids

2nd — Brooklyn Perez, Beat the Streets Tigers

3rd — Yvonne Rincon, Santa Maria All-American

 

65 pounds | Intermediate Division

1st — Samaya Lazaro, Tuff Kids

2nd — June Marquez, Beat the Streets South El Monte

3rd — Azul Cervantes, Anza Bobcats

 

75 pounds | Intermediate Division

1st — Nisa Rogers, Santa Maria All-American

2nd — Juliana Marquez, Beat the Streets South El Monte

3rd — Julissa Perez, Cali Girls

 

85+ pounds | Intermediate Division

1st — Mariah Lobos, Cali Girls

2nd — Donna Hernandez, Beat the Streets Bell

 

60 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Lina Hernandez, Beat the Streets San Pedro

2nd — Andrea Guevara, Montclair

3rd — Angelita Moreno, Dog Pound

 

75 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Sophia Ramos, Santa Maria All-American

2nd — Olivia Lopez, Anza Bobcats

3rd — Taira Nakamoto, Santa Monica Bay

 

80 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Leliana Lazaro, Tuff Kids

2nd — Ysabella Hinojosa, Titan Mercury

3rd — Mia Gonzalez, Beat the Streets Tigers

 

90 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Leah Gaitan, CVBJJ

2nd — Ashlynn Rozzo, Anza Bobcats

3rd — Viviana Garcia, Beat the Streets Tigers

 

95 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Genesis Higuera, Cali Girls

2nd — Isabella Hoyuela, Beat the Streets Tigers

3rd — Jaylyn Cocoa, Oxnard Bengals

 

110 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Yasmine Scherer, Cali Girls

2nd — Katie Gomez, LAWC

3rd — Audrey Chavez, Cali Girls

 

118 pounds | Novice Division

1st — Yasmine Perez, Cali Girls

2nd — Angelina Rincon, Santa Maria All-American

 

118+ pounds | Novice Division

1st — Mia Delgado, Beat the Streets South El Monte

2nd — EsKarlett Rubie Armendariz, Top Dog

3rd — Maritza Perez, Cali Girls

 

89 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Genesis Quirarte, Cali Girls

2nd — Evelyn Vasquez, Beat the Streets Tigers

3rd — Gabriela Rincon, Santa Maria All-American

 

97 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Charlotte Kouyoumtjian, Cali Girls

2nd — Alexis Espinoza, Team Tuf

3rd — Patricia Arana, Beat the Streets Stella 7/8

 

105 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Alyssa Valdivia, Elite Force

2nd — Ashley Hernandez, Beat the Streets Stella 7/8

3rd — Rachel Huerta, Beat the Streets Pico Rivera

 

113 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Allyson Arrington, Titan Mercury

2nd — Ashley Dreisler, South Bay Slammers

3rd — Cielo Portillo, Beat the Streets South El Monte

 

120 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Jasmine Tessandore, TRU

2nd — Aliana Lefotu, Cali Girls

3rd — Devin Gomez, Dog Pound

 

128 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Michaele Howe, Oxnard Bengals

2nd — Kelly Escamilla, Cali Girls

3rd — Nicole DeMasi, Dog Pound

 

155 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Giana Anaya, Beat the Streets Tigers

2nd — Kalayah Nani Coupal, Dog Pound

3rd — Angelica Castillejo, San Fernando

 

175 pounds | Schoolgirl Division

1st — Adelina Parra, Beat the Street Tigers

2nd — Janiece Alcocer, Beat the Streets South El Monte

 

108 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Pauline Granados, Eisenhower

2nd — Maggie Miranda, Eisenhower

3rd — Ashley Le, Rosemead

 

115 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Sara Alvarado, Carter

2nd — Madelyne Armendariz, Montclair

3rd — Alexa Jaquez, Montclair

 

124 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Rosie Arana, Beat the Streets Tigers

2nd — Bernadette Barber, Montclair

3rd — Serena Ong, Lakeside

 

132 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Salma Morales, Gre818ers

2nd — Adriana Vargas, Dog Pound

3rd — Leslie Chicas, Montclair

 

143 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Alexandrea Banag, Gre818ers

2nd — Alondra May, Rosemead

3rd — Chloe DeSouza, Gre818ers

 

154 pounds | Cadet Division

1st — Jennifer Garcia, El Monte

2nd — Madison Camp, AAJJ

3rd — Maria Galindo, Rosemead

 

105 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Alicia Barrera, Sierra Vista

2nd — Alaura Couch, AAJJ

3rd — Cloe Griffith, Beat the Streets South El Monte

 

112 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Aleeah Gould, Titan Mercury

2nd — Paris Valencia, Beat the Streets Tigers

3rd — Gloria Morales, Dog Pound

 

117 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Haven Driscoll, Northview

2nd — Brianne Penunuri, El Monte

3rd — Sammy Moreira, Montclair

 

125 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Vanessa Contreras, Yucca Valley

2nd — Cristal Reyes, El Monte

 

130 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Kylah Griffin, Sante Fe

2nd — Elsa Duenez, Northview

3rd — Trinity Duarte, Beat the Streets Tigers

 

139 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Grecia Monasterio, Somar

2nd — Patty Escobar, Montclair

3rd — Denise Vong, El Monte

 

148 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Michelle Camacho, Carter

2nd — Amanda Vento, Paloma Valley

 

159 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Ophelia Lara, Dog Pound

2nd — Abbi Turner, Corona

3rd — Janet Quintero, Millikan

 

172 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Christie Sandez, Corona

2nd — Roxanna Barragan, Dog Pound

3rd — Deidra Valles, Northview

 

198 pounds | Junior Division

1st — Amara Devericks, San Clemente

2nd — Katelyn Blanchard, Tulare Elite

3rd — Paige Pilato, Paloma Valley

 

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