Girls Varsity Wrestling · Girls Varsity Wrestling Making Spirits Bright at the Corona Tournament

December 28-29
The Rink Corona Inline, Corona, California

The 16th Place Corona Queen of the Hill Tournamentlargest and toughest girls wrestling tournament in Southern California is the Corona Queen of the Hill. 81 teams from all over California and Nevada competed in this 2-day Battle Royal. The Santa Ana girls were the top Orange County team finishing in 16th place with 91 points.



The top teams 20 were:

  1. Walnut 174Onnalaya Aguilara 8th Place Corona Queen of the Hill
  2. Corona 159
  3. Menlo-Atherton 149
  4. Birmingham 134
  5. San Dimas 133
  6. Paloma Valley 125
  7. Norte Vista 124.5
  8. Ridgeview 120
  9. SLAM Academy (NV) 114
  10. Del Oro 109Mercedes Salazar 7th Place Corona Queen of the Hill
  11. Cerritos 104
  12. Beaumont 103
  13. Paramount & Golden Valley 102
  14. Moreno Valley 98
  15. Santa Ana & Northview 91
  16. Pioneer Valley 90
  17. Gabrielino 87
  18. Liberty 86

The most exciting match of the tournament was also the final match of the day!

The Mayra Franco 2nd Place Corona Queen of the Hillchampionship finals are done under a spot light on 1 mat. The final match of the night was Sophomore Mayra Franco from Santa Ana verses 2018 CA State Runner-up/All-American Senior Cristina Santoyo from James Monroe. To all spectators it looked like it may be another easy win for Santoyo. Franco felt otherwise. After a scoreless first period, Santoyo chose the bottom position. Franco had several unsuccessful attempts at turning Santoyo but was able to prevent her from scoring. With the score still 0-0, Franco chose to stay in the top position for the 3rd period. With a minute to go in the match Santoyo finally scored the first point with an escape. Franco kept the tempo high trying to score the winning take down. With 15 seconds left in the match Santoyo was warned for the second time for stalling (avoiding wrestling) and Franco was awarded a point, sending the match into overtime. The first 1 minute sudden victory overtime was scoreless with both wrestlers working hard to gain a take down. The second overtime is 2 30 second periods. Santoyo won the toss and choose the bottom position. Neither wrestlers was able to score. Franco then chose the bottom position and was also unable to score, sending the match into triple overtime. The third overtime is a sudden victory overtime where the bottom wrestler has to score to win. If after 30 seconds the top wrestler is still in control she wins. Santoyo won the toss and chose bottom. On the second attempt to stand up Franco slipped a little to the side while bringing Santoyo to the mat and the experienced wrestler took the opportunity to step over placing Franco on her back. Cristina Santoyo won the triple overtime match with a fall in 8:15. Even thought it was not a match victory for Mayra Franco, it was a personal victory. She has proved she can wrestle in the spotlight and hold her own against one of the top girls in the nation.

Individual results for the Saints were:Summer-Ray Baeza 4th Place Corona Queen of the Hill

235 Mayro Franco 2nd
116 Summer-Ray Baeza 4th
126 Mercedes Salazar 7th
106 Onnalaya Aguilera 8th
111 Stephany Zamora did not medal but made it to the sweet 16.