Orange Cove High's Clarissa Alvarez and Martin Chavez became the first wrestlers in school history to win matches in CIF State Meet competition.
Alvarez, a junior, and Chavez, a senior, claimed victories at the two-day girls and boys state tournament at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on Feb. 22-23. Alvarez, in fact, came one victory short of becoming the Titans' first state medalist.
Competing in the girls 162-pound class, posted a 3-2 record with two pins and a decision. A 1-0 loss in the fourth overtime to Stockdale's Ehireme Ohens was the only thing preventing Alvarez from medaling.
Earlier, Alvarez lost by major decision to medalist Chamira Cooper of Cerritos before rebounding with first-round pins of Meletoto Misi of Pittsburg and Miranda Koppi of Corona. Alvarez then edged Mission Oak's Mariana Salazar in a 2-1 decision before the tight loss to Ohens.
"Clarissa has raised her wrestling level this postseason, showing amazing grit and has shown that she can be a state medal contender next year," OC coach Pablo Saenz said of Alvarez, who finished the season 30-9 with 25 pins.
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