Girls state wrestling: Rancho's Aggio runner-up; Carrillo's Trejo 5th

By ERIC WITTMERSHAUS
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rancho Cotate’s Kayla Aggio suffered her first defeat of the year in the finals at Saturday’s girls CIF state wrestling meet in Lemoore. Aggio, wrestling at 146 pounds, lost on a 7-4 decision to Amy Spafford of Simi Valley’s Royal High School. Spafford was last year’s runner-up at 154 pounds.

It was the first time the two had faced each other.

“All I knew (going in) is that she likes to throw people,” Aggio said. “I hadn’t ever seen her before.”

While Aggio went into state hoping to win, the second-place finish caps off a remarkable four-year run at state. Aggio took third as a freshman at 132, then won that weight class as a sophomore. As a junior, wrestling at 138, she took third at state, before adding her senior year’s second-place finish at 146 to her resume.

“She’s had a great high school career, and she’s looking forward to furthering it in college and see where it goes from there,” said her father, David Aggio.

Kayla Aggio, whose record this year is 16-1, will wrestle next at nationals March 23-24 in Oklahoma City. At last year’s nationals, she took third place.

Next year, Aggio, 18, will attend wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma City University on an athletic scholarship.

The Redwood Empire’s other medalist Saturday, Maria Carrillo sophomore Molly Trejo, placed fifth at 138 pounds. Trejo qualified for state last year but went 1-2 and did not place.

“To place fifth as a sophomore is huge,” said Trejo’s coach, Nikki Bertolini.

Trejo was pleased to improve on her performance from last year.

“I practiced really hard ever since I placed at NCS … because I wanted to make sure I did better than last season.”
Trejo, who was struggling with a lingering shoulder injury, lost her first match but rebounded in the consolation bracket.

“I got hurt and ended up losing,” Trejo said of her first match. “I got pretty discouraged from that, but I just sucked it up, shook it off and kept going. I wanted to give it my all because this is the end of the season for me.”

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