W. Wrestling: Cerritos competes in second tournament

Women's wrestling competed at the Menlo Open
Women's wrestling competed at the Menlo Open

In their second tournament of the season, the Cerritos College women's wrestling team had four placers at the Menlo Tournament on Sunday. The Falcons were competing against both community college and four-year schools at the freestyle tournament. Next up for the team will be their first conference match when they travel to East Los Angeles College for a 7:00 p.m. match on March 2.

Highlighting the day for Cerritos was freshman Aine Drury (Westminster HS), who defeated four opponents to win the 143-pound division. Drury, who already captured the championship of the Cerritos Open, defeated her first of four opponents, Zoey Smalley of Umpqua (OR) CC, 10-0 and then recorded pins in her next three matches. Drury needed just :24 seconds to defeat Danielle Rond of Greys Harbor (WA) CC and then pinned Daniela Romo of Menlo College in :48 seconds in her semifinal match. The championships saw Drury pin Desiree Jones of Menlo College in 2:06 for the title.

The Falcons were looking for their second individual champion, but sophomore Nile Jernigan (Cerritos HS/University of the Cumberlands) came up one match short at 170 pounds. Consecutive 11-0 technical fall victories over Viviana Aviles (Menlo College) and Jennifer De La Torre (Umpqua, OR CC) started the day for Jernigan. She followed that with a 7-0 victory over Nikita Dahailwal of Menlo College in the semifinals, but was defeated, 9-0 in the championships by Emile Cue of Simon Fraser University.

Also placing for Cerritos were 109-pound freshman Lucy Guadarrama (Orange HS), who came in fourth place and Natalie Resendiz (El Toro HS), who posted a fifth place finish at 170 pounds. Guadarrama went 2-2 on the day and posted pins over Melanie Salazar of Simpson College in 1:14, which was followed by a pin in 2:04 over Aphrodite Ayala, who was unattached. As for Resendiz, who dropped her first match and then recorded three straight wins before a loss prevented her from competing for third place. She pinned three opponents, which included Bug Murphy-Moore of Sacramento City College in 1:23, while she needed 2:27 to finish off Samantha Meyer of Big Bend (OR) CC. Her last victory took 4:34 before she could pin Jessica Mendieta of Menlo College.