West Orange HS female wrestlers excel at inaugural girls state finals in Atlantic City

Photo by Steve Ellmore. West Orange High School’s Daniela Tacuri wrestles against Nutley High’s Justin Eltzholtz in a match this season. Tacuri defeated the Nutley opponent to become the first WOHS girls wrestler in school hsitory to defeat a boy wrestler. Tacuri won the second-place medal in the 111-pound division at the girls state finals in Atlantic City.

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Daniela Tacuri and Sandra Guerrero proved to be among the best girls wrestlers in the state.

In the inaugural NJSIAA girls state finals held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the West Orange High School duo was simply impressive.

Tacuri earned the second-place medal in the 111-pound division, while Guerrero took the fourth-place medal in the 185-pound division. The tournament took place along with the boys tournament.

On the first day of the girls tournament Friday Feb. 28, Tacuri, who had a quarterfinal round bye, decisioned Elizabeth’s Najee Cuevas, 19-13, in the semifinals.

The next day, Tacuri dropped a heartbreaking 6-4 decision in sudden victory to Bella Serrano of Manasquan in the championship bout.

Guerrero also lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals Feb. 28, falling 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker to Kerly Borbor of New Brunswick. Guerrero then received a bye in the consolation first round before pinning Maria Taseva of Elmwood Park in 4:08 in the consolation semifinals to advance to the third-fourth place bout. Guerrero, though, dropped a 3-0 decision to Borbor again in the medal bout to finish in fourth place. Borbor had lost in the semifinals after beating Guerrero in the quarterfinals.