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Girls wrestling: Legacy takes down Mead on historic night for SVVSD program

Lightning senior Cordey Mallo, Lightning remain unbeaten at 9-0 in inaugural varsity season

Legacy’s Cordey Mallo looks for a ...
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Legacy’s Cordey Mallo looks for a move against Mead’s Kassandra Reyes in the 118-pound match of a dual on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Mead High School.
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MEAD – Cordey Mallo has been competing in various grappling sports for most of her life, so when girls wrestling came to the high school level in Colorado, she was ready to step right in and hit the mat.

Now that girls wrestling is a varsity sport for the first time this season, Mallo has wasted no time solidifying herself as one of the state’s best. On an historic night for Mead that saw the Mavericks host the first ever girls wrestling competition at home in the St. Vrain Valley School District, Mallo pinned Kassandra Reyes in 5 minutes, 34 seconds to lead the visiting Lightning a 48-12 victory.

Even with just a smattering of fans in attendance, the excitement in the air was palpable while the Mavericks and Lightning dueled and continued to pioneer Colorado’s newest girls sport.

“Tonight was a great match and I’m just looking to keep going and have a great season, especially since it’s my senior year,” Mallo said. “I’ve wrestled since my sophomore year and I’ve qualified for state both years, and I got third last year. I did competitive judo growing up and my brother wrestled, so we did a lot of sports like that. High school wrestling has been really fun so far and our team has been doing great.”

Mallo (9-0) is ranked No. 3 in the state at her weight class, and is one of nine Legacy wrestlers currently appearing in Tim Yount’s On The Mat Rankings. Still unbeaten in team duals this season, the Lightning are also ranked in the top 10 statewide.

“The girls are wrestling hard and they’ve come a long way,” Legacy coach Jeremy Cortez said. “We have a lot of young talent in the room and they’re learning their moves. I’m glad that they’ve been able to execute out on the mat and they did that again tonight.”

On Tuesday night, Legacy’s Courtney Tieulie pinned Mead’s Frances Hudson in 5:23 to open the night with a win in the 111-pound match. Lightning 127-pounder Adalynn Dean pinned Grace Peck in 1:24.

Mead's Kirsten Davis lifts Legacy's Sora ...
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Mead’s Kirsten Davis lifts Legacy’s Sora Thomas in the 136-pound match of a dual on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at Mead High School.

Sophomore Kirsten Davis was Mead’s lone victor in a contested match, pinning Sora Thomas in 1:54 to become the first Mead Maverick to win on home territory.

“I really wasn’t expecting to do that well because this was like my fourth competition ever,” Davis said. “We have a great group of girls and we all really like each other. We have freshmen on the team, which is super important, and we have girls who wrestled for the Mead boys last season. So, it’s a really great group, our girls are super tough and I’m so proud to be able to train with them.”

With wrestlers from Mead and Longmont, the Mavericks are a district-wide program that has continued to build steam in the recent years leading up to girls wrestling receiving official sanctioning from the Colorado High School Activities Association prior to this season. Hosting Tuesday’s dual at a SVVSD school was a big step.

“I am so proud of my girls,” Mead coach Rachel Salaz said. “They have improved since day one and that’s all I ask of them. When we went into the wrestling room after, I asked them if they had fun – that’s the most important thing – and then I asked them, ‘Did you learn something?’ We’re putting ourselves in a position to be ready for regionals and that’s all we’re working for.”