by David Clarke
Elk Grove High School sophomore Annastassia Ramirez placed third at the Girls' State Wrestling Championships over the weekend. She went 5-1 with five pins. Her only loss was to second place Angellica Llanes of Mira Monte in the semi-finals match.
Llanes then lost in the finals match. She is now a three-time state runner-up.
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Girls' State Wrestling championships March 1.
In the consolation semi-finals Annastassia pinned last years third-place wrestler Sabrina Sandoval of Porterville. Then in the third place match she pinned Victoria Smith from Brawley.
Annnastassia finished the year with a 31-3 record losing only to the state champion Lauren Mason from Woodcreek HS twice and the state runner-up.
Mason was the only champion from the SJS/North Section.
Annastassia's brother Martin was a third-place finisher in the boys wrestling championships in 2011. They are one of the few brother-sister combos to medal in the state championships.
Elk Grove finished in 29th place as a team out of more than 200 teams.
Albany HS won the team championship, the first time a team outside of Los Angeles has won the championship.