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Samohi Wrestler Jessica Walker and Samohi Wrestling Coach Mark Black smile at an award ceremony for Walker during halftime at the Santa Monica High School Boys Basketball Semi-Finals game Tuesday night.  Walker won the California State Wrestling Championship Title for the second year in a row Saturday night.
Photo by Roger Morante
Samohi Wrestler Jessica Walker and Samohi Wrestling Coach Mark Black smile at an award ceremony for Walker during halftime at the Santa Monica High School Boys Basketball Semi-Finals game Tuesday night. Walker won the California State Wrestling Championship Title for the second year in a row Saturday night.

Sports, Samohi, Wrestling, Santa Monica

Samohi Champion Wrestler Walker Repeats As California State Wrestling Champion

2013 California State Wrestling Champion Jessica Walker (center) wrestles in the 2012 CIF Playoffs.
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2013 California State Wrestling Champion Jessica Walker (center) wrestles in the 2012 CIF Playoffs.
In June of 2012, Jessica Walker was awarded a $2,500 Discus Scholarship for her prowess in athletics, community service, and the arts.  Walker was also awarded the prestigious Juneteenth Scholarship for her essay submission during the Juneteenth Celebration.
Photo by Roger Morante
In June of 2012, Jessica Walker was awarded a $2,500 Discus Scholarship for her prowess in athletics, community service, and the arts. Walker was also awarded the prestigious Juneteenth Scholarship for her essay submission during the Juneteenth Celebration.

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, 3:42 pm

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

Samohi girls wrestler Jessica Walker repeated as the California CIF State Girls Wrestling Champion for a second year pinning Northview's Maddy Tyrone to win the California State Girls Wrestling Championship bout.

Samohi Boys and Girls Wrestling Head Coach Mark Black said he was proud of Walker's accomplishment. 

"Jessica came out with tremendous focus and wrestled her best," said Black.  "It was a great night for her."

The win marks the third time Walker has appeared in the championship bout and the second time she has won the title. Walker placed second in 2011 and first in 2012.

Tyrone has been the only wrestler to beat Walker since 2011.

 "The win was amazing because I barely ever pin her," said Walker. "The whole last year I couldn't pin her and then this year I pinned her my last match. It was an intense match."

After the match, Walker had difficulty fending off the plethora of colleges that were interested in her wrestling skills.

Walker said that she attributes her only loss to Tyrone to being "nervous" and "not eating" prior to the match.

Walker was presented with an achievement award for her accomplishments at the Samohi basketball game Tuesday night during halftime.

Black said that he was proud that Walker has conquered her fears to become successful in high school wrestling.

"To see her step on the map and do what she did, she was able to come out as a true champion," said Black.  "She was able to overcome the pressure of the moment during the match and go out like a champ with the win."

To read more about Walker's 2012 wrestling awards, visit the story at www.smmirror.com.

Check back in the sports section at www.smmirror.com for updates and interviews to the story.

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Feb. 26, 2013, 11:58:21 am

Gina Frazier said...

Jessica, I am very proud of you! I am also glad that the City of Santa Monica has recognized you as well. Now, maybe we can get your banner hung in the main gym. Gina

Mar. 5, 2013, 7:57:32 am

Allison said...

Here she is just moments after doing her hair! Beautiful , huh?

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