San Joaquin County wrestler becomes West High’s first All-American wrestler

TRACY — When West High junior Kalila Shrive joined her school’s wrestling team, being a national champion probably wasn’t her first thought.

“When I first started, I never thought I would be a national champion,” she said.

After winning the 2022 CIF state title on Feb. 26, the 16-year-old jumped at her chance at the Virginia Beach, Virginia Nationals and won the NHSCA All-American National Championship in the 160-pound class on March 27, becoming the third An All-American athlete from Western High School.

For a champion wrestler with no wrestling experience starting his freshman year, the achievement seemed out of reach.

“It was nerve-wracking; I didn’t know what to do or what to expect when I came in,” she added.

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