POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:27pm
Jefferson High School's Yvonne Galindo won the 138-pound division of the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Junior Nationals this weekend in Oklahoma, earning El Paso's first girls National Championship in city history. Galindo, a Junior at Jefferson, won the 138-pound state championship just a month ago, the first in school history, now Yvonne's trophy case is getting even bigger. Yvonne was one of 18 El Paso female wrestlers to advance to Nationals. 11 were named All-Americans, with Montwood's Natalie Honojos earning a silver medal in the 148-pound division.
"We bonded so well, we all came together as a real team, and it was team El Paso, we called ourselves. They were really nice and we got along so well, it really helped me feel comfortable, because I felt like it was my own team with them", said Yvonne. Daniel Alarcon is the head coach of Jefferson, and loved the camraderie between the girls. "Yeah, we took a group of girls, and if I remember right, we had 11 all-americans, so El Paso girls have really stepped up, we showed the national teams out there what we got here, it was awesome."
GIRLS FOLKSTYLE JUNIOR NATIONALS
At Oklahoma City, Okla., March 25
1st - Yvonne Galindo (Mission Valley Wrestling Club/Jefferson) won by decision over Addie Lanning (kansas krusaders) (Dec 3-0) 5th - Abril Ramirez (El Paso Aztec Wrestling Club) won by pin over Crystalyn Crouch (Missouri) (Pin 1:17)
1st - Amy Spafford (Royal High school) won by decision over Natalia Hinojo (Independent/Montwood) (Dec 3-1) 7th - Angelica Hernandez (El Paso Aztec Wrestling Club) won by pin over Deven Burke (michigan women`s wrestling) (Pin 3:24)
3rd - Gibby Paxton (Team Indiana) won by decision over Mayra Franco (Team Texas/Bowie) (Dec 2-1)