Skyview High School senior Jaslynn Gallegos made history Feb. 23 because as she joined Angel Rios of Valley as the first two girls to place at the state wrestling tournament held Feb. 21-23 at the …
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Skyview High School senior Jaslynn Gallegos made history Feb. 23 because as she joined Angel Rios of Valley as the first two girls to place at the state wrestling tournament held Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Girls have been wrestling against boys for several seasons but 2019 marked the first time girls have battled their way to the awards podium.
In the final standings, Angel Rios of Valley finished fourth and Gallegos finished fifth in the 106-pound in Class 3A. The two girls did not face each other during the tournament.
After she accepted her award Gallegos said “A lot of my uncles wrestled and we used to watch them practice. My older brother was five when he started wrestling,” she said. “I was about three or so when I started watching him. Wrestling looked like fun so one day I just joined in. It was fun and still is so I have been wrestling ever since.”
Gallegos wrestled in the Class 3A 106-pound weight class and so did Rios. In the competition the Skyview senior lost second match in the championship bracket but came back through the consolation bracket to place.
She won her first two consolation match then lost in the consolation semifinals but remained in the competition for fifth and sixth. The Skyview senior pinned Trevor Torez of Pagosa Springs to earn the fifth-place medal.
She said she enjoyed wrestling and wants to continue to compete in college. She said she has not made a decision about where will go to college. She said one school has offered her a scholarship but she plans to attend the United States Amateur Wrestling Junior Nationals in mid-July in Fargo, N.D. before deciding where she wants to college to attend where she can earn a degree as well as continue her wrestling career.
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