Girls wrestling shines at Del Oro all-star dual

By: Brett Ransford / Special to the Journal
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Friday night was a special night in Loomis as California’s biggest girls wrestling team hosted a roster of all-stars from throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section.

The Yokote Gym was packed for a dual meet between the Del Oro Golden Eagles and the Sacramento area’s best female wrestlers. It was the third-straight year hosting the event and there was plenty to be excited about.

“Our team has been doing really well,” said Del Oro captain Kallie Smith. “They’ve impressed me it’s really been an honor getting to know them.”

Smith was the last of Del Oro’s 27 matches on the night. After a near fall in the second period she inevitably pinned her opponent in the third to a ruckus crowd.

“This team has done me proud, especially tonight,” Smith said. “Hopefully I’ve done that, too.”

There were three additional matches throughout the night which did not feature Del Oro wrestlers. One match featuring Del Oro wrestler Sarah Myers made two of her team captains in particular, Smith and Lea Bertz, especially proud.

Myers faced a formidable opponent in Bella Vista wrestler Jamie Poplin, who took Myers down and went up 2-0 early. The Del Oro star then got a reversal and despite a violation, got the pin.

“She was really strong and really intense and had the motivation and I’m doing this more for training, so I had no idea I was going to even come close to winning,” Myers said. “I realized quickly she wasn’t going to back down so I had to be smarter than her and I had that mind the whole match.”

Myers also said how much fun the dual meet was for Del Oro. The Sacramento All-Stars did well against the home team – winning nearly half of the matches on first-period falls – but the Golden Eagles also shined.

After being pinned in the first three matches, Jessika Brehmer gave Del Oro its first victory of the night with a pin against an all-star from Antelope.

Courtney Lemoine also won on a fall early in her match.

The Del Oro girls wrestling program is the early stages of its existence having been around for just three years. The program has grown from 11 wrestlers in its first year, to 28 in its second and this year boasts 32 players on the current roster.

Due to the number of wrestlers, there was one Del Oro vs. Del Oro match. Kayla Schairer got a fall on her best friend Kylie Aentske. In the spirit of Del Oro’s night, she was happy about the match.

“We’ve been best friends since kindergarten and we were both nervous coming in,” Schairer said.

Schairer and Aentske didn’t know they were wresting each other until 10 minutes before the entire match started.

“It’s cool to be able to showcase our school to other schools that girls can perform at this sport,” Schairer said.

Del Oro will be on showcase again next weekend.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 the Golden Eagles against play host in the Lady Eagle Invitational. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and features some of the best wrestlers in the state.