ROCKLIN - Former Selma wrestlers Gracie Figueroa and Alleida Martinez placed first at the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions in Rocklin on Dec. 15.
Figueroa and Martinez are in their freshman season for the women’s wrestling team at Menlo College and their first place finishes helped led the Oaks to winning the 21-team tournament.
Martinez was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler with four wins in the 109-pound bracket and she didn’t allow her opponents to score against her.
Figueroa was just as impressive as her teammate in the 116-pound weight class. She also didn’t allow her opponents to score in any bout enroute to a 4-0 record in the tourney.
Both former Bears won their match in the finals with a 10-0 technical fall.
In the finals, Martinez defeated Maria Vidales while Figueroa was victorious over Yurie Yoneoka of the University of Providence.
The Selma duo have wrestled to great starts in their collegiate careers. Figueroa is 12-2 and is the top ranked 116 pound female wrestler in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) rankings. Martinez is 12-1 and is the top 109 pound female wrestler in the NAIA.
Currently, Menlo is the top rated women’s wrestling program in the NAIA.
During their prep careers at Selma High, Figueroa and Martinez were the first two female competitors to win four CIF State titles with an undefeated high school record.