NCS wrestling championships: Ukiah girls capture section team title


UPDATE: Story was updated late Sunday night with all wrestlers who placed in the top eight.


Ukiah was the top team at Friday and Saturday’s NCS girls wrestling championships in Pittsburg, and a number of Empire girls qualified for the Feb. 24-25 state championships in Lemoore.

The Wildcats won with 150.5 points, beating out James Logan High School of Union City, which had 138.

In addition to scoring team bragging rights, Ukiah will send a number of wrestlers to state. The top four wrestlers at each weight class advance. For the Wildcats, that includes Ruby Segura, who took first at 132 pounds; Harmonie Roberts, who took first at 114 pounds; Rachael Haskell, who finished third at 235; and Maya Maurer, who took third at 98.

Also headed to state is Rancho Cotate’s star senior, Kayla Aggio, who remained undefeated and won the 146 weight class. Aggio, a senior, won state as a sophomore, took third last year and continued on to nationals, where she also finished third.

Rancho Cotate JV coach Josh Silva, who made the trip to Pittsburg, said Aggio’s win was expected, and that coaches were pleased with how the Cougars’ other girls did.

“Overall, I think the girls did really well,” Silva said. “We had our ups and downs, but they worked through it in their next matches. They’ve really progressed throughout the season.”

Willits’ Kim Agenbroad, whom Aggio beat in semifinals, finished third to qualify for state. Her Wolverines teammate, Amethyst Kopman, finished third at 189 pounds.

Three Empire wrestlers will head to state from the 98-pound weight class. Ukiah’s Maurer will be joined by Middletown junior Maria Castaldo, who won the weight class, and Montgomery’s Gina Audiss, whom Maurer beat in the third-place match.

Sierra Egger, Castaldo’s teammate at Middletown, finished second in the 103 class.

The 122-pound class featured a title match between cross-town rivals, as Casa Grande’s Erika Mihalca pinned Petaluma’s Ashley Tresch in 3:14. Both girls qualified for state. Joining Mihalca is teammate Paige Steiding, who finished third at 154 pounds, while Tresch’s teammate Carmen Torress finished fourth at 126.

Maria Carrillo’s Molly Trejo, wrestling at 138 pounds, finished first at NCS last year and wound up third Saturday.

David Hernandez, the Pumas’ JV coach, said Trejo just had a bad match and could easily rebound at state.

“It's just one of those things where sometimes you can have a bad match at the wrong time,” Hernandez said. “She’s still a young sophomore who’s establishing her style of wrestling.” After her only loss, Trejo came back and won out to finish third, winning her last match 7-0.

"Whatever we’ve got to fix, it can be fixed within the next four days,” Hernandez said. “For her to place at the state meet is well within reason.”

"Even though their road ended today, we still had four placers,” Hernandez said of Carrillo’s other wrestlers.

El Molino’s Kaity Berry finished fourth at 165 pounds and will also advance to state.


Here’s a look at other Sonoma County wrestlers who placed in the top eight at NCS. Note: These names were pulled from 14 brackets that used abbreviations for school names, so it’s possible I may have missed someone. Also, all spellings are as they appear on the brackets. Please let us know of any errors or omissions.

Ukiah: Tristin Hunt, 7th, 118 pounds; Lizzie McKeon, 7th, 122 pounds

Middletown: Karen Castellanos, 7th, 114 pounds; Brianne Nelson, 8th, 118 pounds

Rancho Cotate: Amanda Navarro, 5th, 138 pounds; Jessika Palumbo, 5th, 165 pounds; Leilani Kuka, 7th, 154 pounds; Cassidy Rodriguez, 7th, 189 pounds; Gladys Lopez, 8th, 103 pounds

Maria Carrillo: Shania Dowell, 5th, 103 pounds; Randi McMahan, 5th, 122 pounds; Ally Alverez, 6th, 154 pounds; Lexi Tonacia, 8th, 146 pounds

Willits: Megan Nelson, 6th, 165 pounds; Adri Borjon, 8th, 154 pounds

Casa Grande: Autumn Adayan, 7th, 126 pounds

Petaluma: Emily MacKey, 7th, 103 pounds

El Molino: Alena Caswell, 5th, 114 pounds

Santa Rosa: Desiree Walker, 6th, 132 pounds; Emily Overton, 8th, 126 pounds 

Eric Wittmershaus is The Press Democrat’s online sports editor. You can reach him at 521-5433 or