By: Jonathon Schaffer
After a successful 2016-2017 season, October tryouts, along with 6th period practices, the Martin Luther King High School (King) wrestling season has finally begun and last year’s Corona High School transfer, Marissa Ritchie, 11, is ready to lead the girls on the team to glory. She had her first season as a King wrestler last year and it was a triumphant one. “Lets just say “It’s great to be King!’” she stated with enthusiasm. Ritchie is 20-3 and was number one in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern California (CIF-SS) and number two in state for her division. She became the first female wrestler for King to win CIF-SS regional title where she went 4-0 at the Eastern Division Individuals at Riverside Hillcrest. “Everybody is jealous of her because she is so amazing… the other guys wish they were as amazing as her,” explained teammate and friend Jessica Gutierrez, 11. The female wrestlers on the King team, Marissa Ritchie, 11; Jessica Gutierrez, 11; Isabela Tan, 10; Arianna Runyan,11; and Ally Vanderwest, 10, are most excited for how much they have improved from last years performances and to make it through CIF and win state title all side by side. “We’re looking forward to rising to the top and winning state championship this year,” said Ritchie. You can catch all home matches of the girls’ junior varsity and varsity teams on Thursday, December, 14th against Norco, January 25th against Centennial, and January 27th against Corona. Come on out and watch them pin their way to victory.