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GOOD NEWS!: Ortiz is 5th in state in weight class among female wrestlers

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

RCS senior Alivia Ortiz took fifth place in the 145-pound weight class among female wrestlers in New York state. Gina Pelletier/For Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The statewide all-girls wrestling invitational may only be in its second year, but RCS senior Alivia Ortiz has already made her way to the podium twice.

Ortiz came in fifth place in the 145-pound weight class this season; last year, she came in third.

That means that this season — for the second year in a row — Ortiz was among the best female wrestlers in New York state.

This year’s contest, held at the SRC Arena and Events Center in Syracuse on Friday, drew more than 200 athletes from across the state, competing in 13 weight classes.

The competition drew the best female wrestlers in the state. Gina Pelletier/For Capital Region Independent Media

Last year was the first time the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, or NYSPHSAA, hosted the all-female state wrestling tournament to shine a light on girls’ wrestling, which has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years.

Ortiz took fifth place in her weight class after defeating Jaymie Landon of Granville. Ortiz pinned Landon in 2:08. Ortiz competed against Landon earlier in the day and also defeated her. She also defeated Camila Hidalgo of Walt Whitman by pin in 1:21 on her way to the podium Friday.

Ortiz was the only RCS wrestler competing in the state tournament.

She had two losses on the day, falling to Madison Westerberg of Waterloo by pin in 2:36 and Selina Moore of Sherburne-Earlville by a 10-6 decision.

Girls’ wrestling is a fast-growing segment of the sport, NYSPHSAA said prior to the inaugural contest in 2023.

Alivia Ortiz competing at the New York State All-Girls Wrestling Invitational in Syracuse on Friday. Gina Pelletier/For Capital Region Independent Media

“There are nearly 1,000 girls competing on girls’ wrestling teams across the state,” Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director of the organization, said last year. “We are hopeful this will develop into a state championship in the near future.”

Alivia Ortiz shines both on and off the mat. Last year, she was selected as one of the Top 5ive award winners in the youth category in the inaugural awards ceremony hosted by Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes the Ravena News-Herald. The company is currently seeking nominations for the second round of awards for local changemakers who are impacting their community in a positive way.

In addition to wrestling, Ortiz plays tennis for RCS and competes in track and field, and used to play soccer.

Ortiz was chosen in 2023 not only for her prowess in sports but for her accomplishments in other areas. She has performed in school musicals and in regional music competitions.

Alivia Ortiz competed at the statewide tournament for the second year in a row. Gina Pelletier/For Capital Region Independent Media
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