SELMA —This could be a special year for Gracie Figueroa.

The Selma High School wrestler has many accomplishments and she could become one of two female competitors to become undefeated four-time state champions this year.

Her teammate Alledia Martinez is the other wrestler who could join Figueroa in the milestone.

Figueroa, a senior, doesn’t want to think about anything historic until it actually happens.

“I don’t think I’ll probably feel anything until I actually claim [it],” Figueroa said. “That’s when I know it’ll be real and I made history.”

Currently, Figueroa is the No. 1 nationally ranked female wrestler in the 122-pound weight-class, according to FloWrestling.

Figueroa’s decorated wrestling career at Selma has garnered interest from multiple universities including Oklahoma City University and Menlo College.

Outside of competing at the high school level, Figueroa has competed in other countries like Greece, Finland, Turkey and Japan. Figueroa said Finland was her favorite country to visit so far.

As a member of the Selma girls wrestling team, Figueroa has been one of the reasons the team has three-straight state titles as a team.

“They’re pretty much like my family,” Figueroa said. “I know they always have my back and I always have their back. It’s one big family.”

Selma head coach Sam Lopez said Figueroa not losing a California high school match is “outstanding.”

“It’s a great feat because not at every tournament you’re feeling your best,” Lopez said. “Sometimes you’re not feeling well, you’re banged up and [you] find a way to win.”

Not only does Figueroa wrestle at Selma, she also played varsity volleyball and was part of the 2017 team that went to the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Div. V playoffs. 

After volleyball season ended it was not a tough transition as Figueroa would regularly go to wrestling workouts after volleyball practice or games.

Gracie isn’t the only Figueroa on the team having a great season this year. Her younger brother Richard is ranked No. 1 in California in the 106-pound weight-class as a freshman. Richard Figueroa started wrestling at 6 before Gracie started.

“One of my mom’s friends asked us to come to practice and so we did,” Richard said. “I started doing good at it.”

Gracie got interested in wrestling after watching Richard compete.

“I would always go to his wrestling practices and just watch,” Gracie said. “I pretty much just did it because I was tired of watching him wrestle. I wanted to try it out for myself.”

The younger Figueroa could be on his way to a CIF state championship in his freshman year and has won multiple titles at tournaments so far. Richard placed first at the Zinkin Classic, the Doc Buchanan tourney and the Five Counties invitational tournament at Fountain Valley High School in Southern California. He also placed first at the Bakersfield Rumble Rig and took fourth at the Walsh Ironman in Ohio.

“I’m planning to be a four-time state champ,” Richard said.

Lopez said the Figueroa siblings already wrestled at a high level before joining the team. The coach said the siblings competed in various tournaments during the offseason and attend various wrestling camps.

“They’re very anxious to learn and very respectful, which is a bonus,” Lopez said. “Some kids come into programs or come into wrestling at the high school level and they feel like they know it all. Both Gracie and Richard have not come with that attitude and they’re very open. They want to learn and want to get better.”

Both have long-term goals in wrestling. Gracie wants to become an Olympic champion and Richard wants to wrestle at the college level. 

Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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