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Women’s wrestling championship returns to Rocklin

West Coast TOC Dec. 17-18
By: Staff Report
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The Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions returns to Hardwood Palace in Rocklin for the second consecutive year. Placer Valley Tourism teams up with Sacramento Area Wrestling Association, and prestigious Cliff Keen Wrestling as its title sponsor for this all-female event.

New this year is the open college division, as well as high school showcase, Dec. 17. The high school division will include both varsity and junior varsity wrestlers. More than 40 teams are scheduled to compete in 14 weight divisions ranging from 101-235 pounds.

Placer Valley Tourism welcomes home Woodcreek High alum Lauren Mason, now at Simon Fraser in British Columbia, Canada, to compete. SFU women’s wrestling coach Mike Jones will also bring several of his top wrestlers to the TOC. Mason is an Auburn resident and longtime area standout in wrestling, cross country and track.

College scouts from Simon Fraser, Eastern Oregon and Cumberlands universities will be on hand; along with scouts from Menlo, Grays Harbor, Warner Pacific and Southwestern Oregon (two-year) colleges have committed to attend.

The WWCTOC will make history Dec. 18 with the open college division. This is the only event combining college and high school competitions. Cumberlands is the only college that will not have athletes in the TOC.

“Simon Fraser is currently ranked the No. 1 dual-meet team in the country and the overall second team in the nation,” Jones said. “It should be a great match with Menlo College’s top athletes and we are very excited to be entered in a new West Coast event.”

Jones said Christian Brothers’ Mallory Velte and Scotts Valley’s Dominique Parrish will also compete. The coach said the timing is terrific for these Northern California women to be near home for the holidays.

Cliff Keen will provide singlets for finalists and champions will receive a backpack. Medals will be awarded to those who place high in the event.

Come down to Hardwood Palace, 1091 Tinker Road in Rocklin, and see these female athletes take it to the mats.