Yuma High School will be represented at the inaugural Colorado High School Girls State Wrestling Tournament, Saturday at Thornton High School.

Freshmen Fatima Duran and Mia Dischner both qualified out of last week’s Region 1 Tournament at Mead High School. Classmate Ximena Garcia also competed.

Girls wrestling is being run as a pilot program this season, meaning it is not sanctioned yet by the Colorado High School Activities Association, though it appears to be heading in that direction in 2020. Though not sanctioned, a postseason was included this year. There is only one classification, so the Indians will be competing against wrestlers from all sizes of schools.

Each weight will have an eight-person bracket, with quarterfinals beginning at 9 a.m. Third-place matches are expected to start around 1:30 p.m., and the championship matches at 2:30. The top four in each weight class will receive medals. Admission is $10 for adults, and $7 for K-12 students.

YHS head coach Rory Lynch took Duran, Dischner and Garcia to Mead last Saturday.

He said the last hour was exciting. However, he said it was disappointing to discover when they arrived that the girls regional was paired up with a boys JV tournament. Though many of the girls tournaments this season have been scheduled that way, Lynch said he felt at least regional should have been held on its own, and hopes that is the case into the future.

Duran and Dischner each reached state by placing fourth in their respective weights.

Coach Rory Lynch and wrestlers Ximena Garcia, Fatima Duran and Mia Dischner are pictured above at the regional tourney, February 2 at Mead High School. (Courtesy Photo)

Duran opened with a first-period pin of Thornton’s Wendy Morales-Medina, but then was pinned in the semifinals by Mead’s Kassandra Reyes. She recovered to earn a tough 9-7 decision over Alyx Renteria of Grand Valley, advancing to the third-place match.

She found herself in another tough battle with Fruita Monument’s Eryn Tully, eventually losing 2-1.

Still, Duran advanced to state by placing fourth. There was not a challenge from the fifth-place wrestler because it was Grand Valley’s Renteria, whom Duran already had beaten.

Dischner had a bye into the 185-pound semifinals, where she was pinned by Olathe’s Norma Alejandro. However, she came back to pin Skyview’s Lisa Connelly 12 seconds into the second period to reach the third-place match. She was pinned by Chatfield’s Dyann Malfavon-Quezada to finish fourth. She did not have to go through a challenge match as the fifth-place finisher was Skyview’s Connelly, whom she already beat.

“When we got to the last hour of the tournament, it was pretty fun,” Lynch said.

Garcia wrestled at 118 pounds. She was leading 10-1 in her first match when the tide suddenly turned and she found herself pinned by Northridge’s Chloe Garcia. She then was pinned in her next match by Chatfield’s Jasmine Dominguez to end her season.