February 27, 2012
CBS' Velte joins Valley's Rhodes as state girls wrestling champ

Christian Brothers junior Mallory Velte defeated Turlock senior Alexia Moreno 4-2 in overtime to win the 132-pound division at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Lemoore.

Velte joined Valley's Syria Rhodes, a 6-4 overtime winner over Cadence Lee of Palo Alto's Gunn in the 103-pound final, as area girls to win state wrestling titles.

Velte entered the event as the No. 2 seed from the Sac-Joaquin Section after losing to Patterson's Jazmine Mendoza in the 132 finals (officially called the Regional Invitational) Feb. 4. Moreno was the No. 4 seed from the section.

Velte defeated the tournament favorite, Southern Section champion Cheyenne Youngblood, a senior, 2-1 in the semifinals.

Velte pinned two other Southern California senior wrestlers, Aviery Ramirez and Janell Ponce, in earlier matches.

Rocklin junior Olivia Seppini placed third, defeating Mendoza 3-1.

Other area girls to finish in the top eight:

• 108 - Gabrielle Eslinger, Lincoln, fourth.

• 118 - Darlene Julian, Bear River, fifth; Maddison Fitzgerald, Whitney, sixth. Fitzgerald also was a "Pursuing Victory win Honor" sportsmanship winner.

• 122 - Destiny Rogers, Winters, fifth.

• 126 - Ashley Taylor, Lindhurst, seventh.

• 138 - Fabby Perez, Lindhurst, seventh.

• 146 - Ashlie Johnson, Lindhurst, seventh.

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