Cypress Wrestling Finishes First in Empire League; Beckel Finishes 2nd In State


photo by Courtesy of Coach Lundberg

Vida Beckel defeated the #1 seed at State on Feb. 23, and followed that feat by pinning her next opponent.

by Benjamin Viveros, Staff Reporter

Cypress’ wrestling season has come to a close. Cypress finished first in the Empire League with a record of 4-0. The boys team placed 2nd with 158 points in the CIF SS Boys Individuals Northern Division. The girls team placed 5th with 123 points in the CIF SS Girls Individuals Southern Division.

For the boys, five placed in CIF. Tyler Thienngern got 1st, Jimmy Romero got 3rd, Vince Partington got 3rd, Andy Perez got 2nd, and Fares Sabe got 7th.

For the girls, four placed in CIF. Jeszika Spraglin 4th, Vida Beckel 2nd, Ariel Penaloza 3rd, Keye Osede 3rd. Beckel also placed 2nd in Masters so she will be heading up to state. She says, “State is like any other tournament, just a harder one. I’m glad I get to experience it.” 

On Feb 22, 2023, Beckel defeated the #1 ranked wrestler in State in overtime 7-5. She finished 2nd in her weight class.  This marks the first time in Cypress wrestling history that a wrestler placed at State.  Throughout her wrestling career, Beckel’s work ethic has grown significantly. “The people I met and the coaches really pushed my work ethic to make it better than it was before,” she says. 

Cypress is proud of their student athletes for bringing in a successful wrestling season.