Last Saturday brought a first in Del Oro High sports history.
Hosting the first all-girls invitational wrestling tournament in school history, the Lady Eagles wrestling program put 32 girls out on the mat against competitors from all around Northern California.
Freshman Maddy Lyons led the charge for the Lady Eagles, taking first place in her pool in the 122 lbs. weight division. The freshman standout managed to pin four of her five opponents and credited the home field advantage.
“It was great having all of my friends and family come and watch my matches,” Lyons said. “Most of the time we travel so far that it is difficult for everyone to come, but even my grandma came to watch this weekend.”
Del Oro had a host of medal winners including Liz Orr, Emily Nash and Kendall Porter.
Coach Mike Maben also singled out an invaluable collection of volunteers for helping make the tournament a success.
“Del Oro is lucky to have such strong community and parent support,” said Maben. “We were able to put on a well-run and organized tournament and the girls got to wrestle a ton of matches. I think other teams enjoyed their experience. It says a lot about the people that helped with the tournament.”
Coach Maben noted that many of the coaches already said they would return next year and he expects the Lady Eagle Invite will become an annual event.
This week, the Lady Eagles enter their final week of the season culminating this Friday at the CIF Masters meet at McNair High School in Stockton. With the top five from each weight division earning a berth to the CIF state meet, the Lady Eagles are looking to make history again and have the first qualifier from Del Oro High School.