By Steve Ramirez
West Covina High School made history Saturday.
The Bulldogs, paced by junior Samantha Ortiz, won the first CIF State girls wrestling championship at Lemoore High School.
Northview finished third.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” West Covina coach Sergio Ortiz said. “They worked really hard. They wrestle just like the boys.
“We’re all pretty excited and stoked. It’s history for West Covina.”
Samantha Ortiz, one of the top competitors in the state the past few seasons, was the only area wrestler to win an individual title.
The junior had two victories by fall before getting a 4-2 victory in the 114-pound weight class finals. She scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to secure the title.
West Covina’s path to the title was also paved by Jessica Vasquez (146), who upset the No. 1 seed before losing in the finals.
“She was our surprise star,” Sergio Ortiz said. “She did something exciting.”
Northview’s Vanessa Gomez was second at 105.