Pepper Marks records a quick pin against L.A. Banning’s Esther Toavalu in the Round of 16 at the CIF State Championships. (Courtesy video)
Pepper Marks wrestling at CIF State Meet
Santa Barbara’s Pepper Marks works to turn Greenfield’s Estrella Vasquez-Gutierrez on her back in the first-round at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield. Credit: Courtesy photo

Santa Barbara High wrestler Pepper Marks won two matches by fall and advanced to the 235-pound weight class quarterfinals at the CIF State Championships on Thursday at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield.

Marks started her day by pinning Estrella Vasquez-Gutierrez of Greenfield of the Central Coast Section at 1:32 of the first round.

Marks was leading the Greenfield wrestler 2-0 when she recorded her first-period pin.

“It was important for Pepper to get off to a good start,” said Santa Barbara coach Marc Fidel. “We discussed the first 30 seconds of the match and she executed perfectly with a knee pick off of her underhook.”

In the Round of 16, Marks faced Esther Toavalu of L.A. Banning, who upset fourth-seeded Jamie Shapton of Pleasant Grove by fall.

Marks pinned Toavalu at 57 seconds of the first period.

She advances to a rematch with Marina’s Destiny Marquez in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Marquez won a 2-1 double-overtime decision against Marks in the final at last weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.

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