Ivy Ouyang Takes 1st – Lowell places high at 2012 CCS Championships

Lowell Girls at 2012 CCS Championships

Lowell put on a spectacular performance not only representing Lowell and San Francisco well but also demonstrating they can compete with the best wrestlers CCS has to offer. Three Lowell girls placed, two medaled and go to state, and the team placed 7th at 2012 CCS girls wrestling championships.

After four months of hard workouts, tournaments, and dual-meet competitions Lowell sent seven girls to the 2012 Central Coast Section (CCS) girls wrestling championships at Oak Grove HS in San Jose Feb. 3-4. Because the SF section is so small, CIF requires that all SF section girls compete at the CCS championships in order to qualify for the state championships…with the top four finishers in each weight class qualifying to compete in the state championships at Lemoore HS Feb. 24-25.

The CCS area covers all California central coastal area high schools from Daly city to the north to as far as Salinas to the south. The Lowell girls with only half a roster still placed 7th out of 47 schools participating. All our girls contributed to that strong team finish by getting wins over two days of wrestling with 32 wrestled.

Senior, Ivy Ouyang (team captain) took first place at 146 lbs. Ivy wrestled very well throughout the tournament displaying great scrambling skills, technique, and tactical awareness. She capped it off in the championship match with a come from behind win with 40 seconds left in the match. Ivy will advance to the state championships.

Junior, Alondra Barajas took 4th place at 132 lbs. Alondra also wrestled very well throughout the tournament. She had some very tough matches, but she stuck with her physically aggressive style of wrestling and pulled off hard-fought wins to place 4th and qualify for the state championships.

Sophomore, Theresa Zhao, a first year wrestler, took 6th place.

Also competing and getting numerous wins to help Lowell place so well were: sophomore, Jenelle Lai at 108 lbs.; sophomore, Cynthia Law at 114 lbs.; sophomore, Maggie Medina at 118 lbs.; and freshman, Jane Zhao at 122 lbs.

If you see these girls at school please take a moment to congratulate them on their outstanding team and individual performances. They represent the best of what it means to be a student-athlete: strong academic performance; good sportsmanship; hard work ethic ; team discipline; attending and working hard at practice every day; and performing to the best of their abilities in competitions. The Lowell wrestling coaches are very proud of them, and the Lowell community should be too!