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Carmona wins CCS wrestling championship

Modified: Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2013

Christopher High's Maraya Carmona prepares to lock arms with Los Altos' Hannah Teter during the opening seconds of their CCS championship match on Saturday at Oak Grove High in San Jose. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

SAN JOSE Ė Watsonville native Maraya Carmona got a second opportunity to win a Central Coast Section wrestling championship, and she delivered under the spotlight.

Carmona, now attending Christopher High in Gilroy, pinned Hannah Teter of Los Altos in the second round to win the CCS title in the 122-pound division on Saturday night at Oak Grove High.

Itís Carmonaís first CCS championship, and it came one year after the former Watsonville Wildcat finished runner-up in the same division as a sophomore.

The two wrestlers were tied 2-2 going into the second round. After jockeying for position, Carmona grabbed Teter high and took her down. She then spent about 30 seconds trying to get Teterís shoulders to the mat. When she finally did, just mere seconds remained in the match, as the pin eventually came.

The two wrestlers traded two points in the first round. Carmona sized up Teter, and the both locked arms. As the two wrestlers started slowly going down, Carmona quickly switched up and got the advantage on Teter to take a 2-0 lead.

But on a restart, Teter got a reversal and spent the final minute of the first round trying to find a way to turn over Carmona. She couldnít.

Carmona went 3-0 in the tournament. She wrestled twice on Saturday, the first match coming in the afternoon against Terra Novaís Mallory Moore. Much like the finals, Carmona gained control and never let go once she got it.

Leading 6-1 with about 45 seconds to go in the third round, Carmona finished off Moore with a pin to advance to the finals.

Scotts Valley, as a team, had the best showing of all the squads in the event, as they claimed their first girls wrestling championship. Two Falcons wrestlers got to the finals in their division but lost.

Dominique Parish lost 12-0 to Cady Chessin of Los Gatos in the 114-pound division finals, while Alicia Pitts lost 13-1 to Alisalís Brenda Mendiola in the 108-pound finals.

Elena Medina was one of two Watsonville wrestlers to compete, and she took home fifth place in the 132-pound division. In her final match of the day, she defeated Pioneerís Aliana Criado.

For the complete article see the 02-05-2013 issue.

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