By Aaron Valdez
The future is looking very bright for Monrovia wrestling as both the boys’ and girls’ sides put up notable efforts in the West Covina and Edison High Beach Bash Tournaments over the weekend.
Continuing to build off last season’s success, the Wildcats have already turned some heads shortly after embarking on their 2018-19 campaign a couple weeks ago. As the program continues to grow, so do the expectations and standards.
Last season, Monrovia broke a team record by having 11 total wrestlers qualify for CIF playoffs. This year, the Wildcats appear to be well on their way to surpassing that as the girls’ team had two wrestlers place within the top 10 at the West Covina Tournament while the boys’ had three wrestlers finish within in the top 10 at the Edison High Tournament.
Mary Tuite stole the spotlight at West Covina, taking first place while Jasmine Zamora placed seventh for Monrovia. Hunter Nicely, one half of the Nicely brother duo, headlined the boys’ outing as he fought his way to a third-place finish in the 160-pound division. Maury Rams and Michael Jordan also got in on the fun as they each placed sixth in the 195-pound division and 220-pound division, respectively.
The Wildcats will shift their focus on their next tournaments this weekend, as the boys’ will head out to Downey while the girls will travel to La Puente.