Three from North Bay win gold at NCS girls wrestling

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three North Bay League athletes, including reigning state champ Kayla Aggio of Rancho Cotate, picked up first-place medals Saturday in the North Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships at Newark High School.

Piner senior Reyna Payan took home gold in the 122-pound division while Maria Carrillo freshman Molly Trejo is the champ in the 146-pound class.
The first four finishers in each NCS weight division advance to the State CIF Tournament on Feb. 25-26 in Lemoore and 14 Redwood Empire girls qualified.

Other area wrestlers advancing are: Analy’s Marisa Wallace (semi-finalist in 108 division), El Molino’s Alena Caswell (runner-up 114), Casa Grande’s Erika Mihalca (runner-up 122), Maria Carrillo’s Lexi Tonascia (runner-up 132), Middletown’s Sierra Egger (semi-finalist 98), El Molino’s Katie Berry (semi-finalist 154).
Also, Analy’s Laura Gross (138), Upper Lake’s Emily Knispel (runner-up 146), Casa’s Paige Steiding (semi-finalist 154), Analy’s Hannah Conley (semi-finalist 165) and Willits’ Brittnei Talton (semi-finalist 189).

Aggio made quick work of her two opponents Saturday. She pinned Analy’s Gross in 23 seconds and then repeated as NCS champion by taking out Rachel Chinn of Dublin in 1:37.
The junior’s record this season is 26-0.

Payan came in with a 4-0 record. She pinned Casa’s Mihalca in 3:51 to take the title.
Trejo brought an 11-4 mark to NCS. In the championship match, she won a 5-3 decision from Upper Lake’s Knispel.