The evolution of girls wrestling in the area continues Feb. 14 with the inaugural Central Section championships meet at McLane High.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m., with the finals to be held that evening under the lights on one mat. McLane coach Bruce Lippmann said he expects a field of more than 125 girls in the first section finals.
The top two in each of the 14 weight classes advance to the CIF State Girls Championships, which will be held Feb. 22-23 in Lemoore.
Last year, the Highlanders’ Anissa Hernandez was one of seven Central Section competitors to medal at state when she played third at 235 pounds. Kingsburg’s Marina Doi was the state champion at 98 pounds, Porterville’s Sabrina Sandoval was seventh at 103, Arvin’s Angelica Llanes was second at 108, Arvin’s Kassandra Castruita was sixth at 126, Porterville’s Natalee Ozuna was seventh at 154 and Porterville’s Reyna Pina was seventh at 165.
The CIF launched an official state championship meet for girls in 2011 after five years of holding Northern and Southern California Regional tournaments.