They will go down in Enochs High history as the Fab Four.
Junior Sariyah Jones, sophomore Micaela Kent and freshmen Rory Coscia and Katrina Guevara – qualifiers for the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships two weeks ago in Visalia – returned home with a state team crown.
For context, consider: Wrestlers from 225 schools took part. Points were earned by 152 schools. Pitman’s Fab Four beat all of them – big and small, public and private.
“We’re still taking it in,” Enochs wrestling coach Duane Brooks said. “There hasn’t even been an announcement yet at school.”
Enochs, opened in 2006, can’t be blamed for lacking total awareness of the girls’ feat. Fact is, the Modesto City Schools are not accustomed to such accomplishments. The 1984 Modesto High boys basketball team journeyed to Oakland and brought back a Division II state title. That’s the last time a city schools team was awarded major hardware until Enochs.
One can make the argument that the Enochs girls, who beat every state school in their growing but still embryonic sport, achieved greater. And, by the way, it was a shocker.
Enochs placed third in the Sac-Joaquin Section/Northern Section Championships, the unofficial “Masters” competition, last month in Stockton. No one, from Brooks to assistant coach Ruben Jones (Sariyah’s father), even considered a state title. Northview, the eventual runner-up two points behind the Eagles, sent 14 to Visalia.
The Fab Four had other ideas.
Jones noticed, however, that Enochs stood in fifth place after the second round in competition. Going into the finals, Enochs trailed only Northview. Jones, a finalist in the 106-pound class, was bracketed by two Northview finalists.
“We needed both of them to lose and for Sariyah to win, and it happened,” Jones said. “I had a suspicion that we had won, then a few coaches came up to shake hands.”
The Enochs team huddled together as the public-address announcer proclaimed “Enuchs High!” as the state champion, and it hardly mattered that he mispronounced the school.
Somehow, that quartet delivered something unexpected and beyond-the-pale unique. It started with Jones, the U.S. National Cadet team member who – for the first time since her fourth-place finish as a freshman – competed in the State Meet.
Jones (34-0) was jolted in her first match by being taken down for the first time all season. That behind her, she rolled to four victories, featuring a 5-1 decision in the title match over Aleeah Gould of Canyon of Anaheim, who had beaten her last year at Nationals.
“I was definitely trying to avenge that loss,” Jones said.
Kent (28-6) won her first two matches at 101 before she dropped into the consolation bracket. Undaunted, she won three straight and topped her rally with a 1-0 win over Harmonie Roberts of Ukiah for third. Kent beat two seniors, Roberts and Hiba Salem of South San Francisco, who owned previous wins over her.
She also is quick to remind that her third is a better state finish than her acclaimed brother as a sophomore.
“I’ve already passed him,” she said.
Coscia (35-4) overachieved to reach the 116 semifinals before she was defeated by eventual champion Dominique Parrish of Scotts Valley. But like her teammates, she bounced back to pin Kiah Martin of Eureka for third.
“I was really proud of my win over Jennifer Lopez (West Covina) in the quarterfinals. She had just beaten a seeded wrestler to advance,” Coscia said.
Guevara (28-10) did not earn a medal at 131 but her contribution resonated as much as the rest. Though she dropped her opening match, she rebounded with two wins by pin before she was eliminated. Victories by fall are awarded bonus team points. Check Enochs’ slender margin of victory for the importance of those wins.
“It felt pretty amazing just to make the second day,” Guevara said. “I was one win away from placing.”
Regardless, the Fab Four has made its mark at Enochs. Its 10-member team, the strongest in the Stanislaus District, formed the hub of local sports history. A banner eventually will decorate the walls of the Enochs gym.
“It felt pretty good, taking only four girls when the second-place team took 14 girls,” Ruben Jones said. “We were able to overcome a pretty large opponent.”
Final Girls State Wrestling Standings
1. Enochs 81
2. Northview 79
3. James Logan 76
4. Hillcrest 71
4t. Albany 71
6. Rancho Buena Vista 65
7. Selma 62
8. Sacred Heart Cathedral 55
9. Del Oro 53
10. Benicia 49