Three of the 11 girls on the American Canyon High wrestling team are seniors who are very hungry to improve on their junior seasons.
The 20th annual Napa Valley Girls Classic at Vintage, one of the biggest and oldest high school girls wrestling tournaments in the country, should show where they stand halfway through the season on Friday and Saturday.
Adrienne Dominguez (170 pounds) and Angelina Ramirez (138) made the quarterfinals at the Classic last year.
Dominguez got a first-round bye and a second-round win, but lost her next two matches. It seemed to motivate her, as she went on to place third in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section/Northern Section Girls Masters Championships and qualify for the state meet with her top-five finish. She went on to finish in the top 16 at the state meet for the second year in a row, going 2-2.
This season, Dominguez has a title at the American Canyon Wrestling Classic, a second-place finish at the Liberty Invitational, and a fourth at the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions in Rocklin.
Wolves head coach Rick Manibusan said Dominguez is a team leader who is “very tough on her feet with a physical top and bottom game. We expect a lot from her. She has determination to succeed.”
Ramirez led American Canyon at last year’s Napa Valley Classic with a 4-3 record, then took fourth at sections and went 1-2 at the state meet. The senior has titles this year at the Vallejo and American Canyon tournaments.
Manibusan called Ramirez a highly talented wrestler who “will out-wrestle her opponents with her technic and finesse. She is very explosive in her stand-up game and has a sound fundamental base.”
Another senior, Maricela Seronio (101) pinned her first foe at last year’s Napa Valley Classic, but lost her next match by decision and had to bow out due to injury.
This year, she has wins at the Vallejo and American Canyon tournaments, a runner-up finish at the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions in Rocklin, and a fourth at the Liberty Invitational.
“She is on a mission this year and is determined to make it happen,” Manibusan said of Ramirez. “She’s very physical and aggressive with a strong fundamental base.”
Also returning to the Vintage tournament will be two juniors – Alexis Schuler (160), who went 3-2 there last year with a loss to two-time Napa County Female Athlete of the Year Alyvia Fiske, and Angelina Turner (150), who was 0-2 at Vintage last year.
In this year’s tournaments so far, Schuler was second at Vallejo, third at American Canyon and Liberty, and fifth at Castro Valley. Manibusan said Schuler is highly talented and “will out-wrestle her opponents with her technique and finesse. She is very explosive in her stand-up game and has a sound fundamental base.”
The coach said Turner, who was second at American Canyon and third at Vallejo, is “very tough on her feet with a physical top and bottom game.”
Rounding out the juniors is returner Yvonne Cruz (116), whom Manibusan said is “talented, aggressive and physical with a strong stand-up game, competitive and hard working.” She placed first at Vallejo, second at American Canyon, and fifth at Castro Valley.
Five freshmen round out the squad.
Maylin Reyes (106) is “physically tough on her feet and in her ground game, competitive and hard working,” Manibusan said. In tournaments, she placed first at Vallejo, second at American Canyon and third at Liberty.
The coach said his first-year girls are Alexis Cabanez (110), who “learns fast and is very competitive and hard working,” Amaya Maulino (97), “a very talented, competitive, hard-working wrestler who has a bright future in the program,” Shayla Hoang (116), who is “aggressive with good leverage, learns fast with room for growth and is competitive and hard working,” and Lillian Gramlick (189), who “has lots of potential, works hard, and always supports her teammates.”
Gramlick was second at Vallejo and third at American Canyon in tournaments.