Girls wrestling: Tokay third at own event

Tokay's Cassidy Curtiss (right) tries to trip up Casa Grande's Lilly McCoy in their first place bout at the Lady Tiger Invitational at The Jungle on Saturday. Curtiss took second place.

Accomplishments: There’s still a lot of wrestling season left, but it’s already been a journey for Cassidy Curtiss.

The Tokay High girls wrestler, who competes in the heavyweight class, went 2-1 and placed second at the Lady Tiger Invitational at The Jungle on Saturday, losing by pin in the second round of the championship match against Casa Grande’s Lilly McCoy.

“I was nervous at first because I went against McCoy last year,” said Curtiss, who went three rounds against McCoy in a match last winter and lost by decision. “But I was also excited because it was such a fun match. She just challenges me and I just love it when people do that.”

Curtiss, a sophomore, had pinned her first two opponents before facing McCoy in the finals. Curtiss now has an 11-4 record for the season.

Tokay’s own tournament was only the third one this season Curtiss has competed. She suffered torn ligaments in her left foot at the Tigers’ first tournament in early December. That sidelined her for five weeks.

“I strained my Achilles’ (heel) and tore a ligament and injured my growth plate, all in my foot,” Curtiss said.

She admitted that dealing with the injury was “tough.” But Curtiss, who wrestled at tournaments in Pittsburgh and Napa before Tokay’s invitational, felt she would recover quickly and continue her focus on matching or exceeding what she did as a freshman last winter.

Last season, Curtiss was one of four Tokay wrestlers who advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation State Girls Wrestling Championships. At the Sac-Joaquin Section and Northern Section Women’s Championships at McNair High, Curtiss took fifth place and went 4-2 during the two-day, double-elimination tournament. She won her last match to earn the state berth.

This year’s team is like any family, Curtiss pointed out.

“There’s been its ups and downs, but we all love each other like sisters,” Curtiss said. “Like family. We’re so tight.”

In addition to her workouts with her teammates, Curtiss’ extra workouts include running.

“She’s grown a lot,” said Tokay coach George Bozovich of Curtiss. “We were expecting to see what she can do after working all summer long. I think she’s ready for a very good season.”

One of Curtiss’ favorite moves to pin an opponent is the slide-by technique, which is grabbing the arm of the opponent and swinging them around by their waist.

Curtiss sustained an injury in gymnastics, at the start of the wrestling season — led her to change sports.

“People recommended it to me after I (got) hurt in gymnastics,” said Curtiss, who was involved in gymnastics for eight years.

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