By CALIFORNIAN NEWS SERVICES
LEMOORE -- Anissa Rodriguez of Chavez High and Angelica Llanes of Arvin High made Kern County wrestling history Saturday.
The two athletes became the first county girls wrestlers to advance to a state title match before settling for a runner-up finish at the state Girls Wrestling State Invitational Championships at Lemoore High, according to cifstate.org.
This is the third year the California Interscholastic Federation has held girls wrestling championships.
Rodriguez and Llanes were two of the three section wrestlers to reach the championship round, joining Amber Quintana, a 122-pounder from Selma.
Rodriguez lost in the title match to defending state champion Kaylee Chevez of Anaheim-Savanna. Chevez recorded the match's lone point with an escape early in the third period, according to Fresno Bee writer Andy Boogaard.
Cadence Lee of Palo Alto-Gunn had a 5-1 lead over Llanes entering the third round and held on for the 5-3 victory. Lee finished runner-up in the 2012 state championships.
Carissa Madson of Novato High pinned Quintana in the first round of their championship match.
Arvin finished sixth as a team.