Athlete of the Month: Jesse Adame


Megan Breslin, Staff Writer


Jesse has wrestled at Wilcox for the girls varsity wrestling team for three years and competed in a variety of tournaments and dual meets with the team. Now in her senior year, she is one of three team captains for the program and has led the team to a number of victories in competitions such as these.

She most recently took first place at the SCVAL league tournament on February 4th. She scored 22 points during the tournament for the wilcox girls team, helping the team achieve a first place trophy with 186.5 total points. This is the second first place victory in as many years for both Adame and the Wilcox team.   

 When asked what her favorite part of wrestling for Wilcox is, Adame said that she loved both “the competitive nature of the sport and the atmosphere of the team.” Though there are 17 girls on the team at Wilcox, there are only four returning wrestlers among them. Because of how many first year wrestlers have joined the team this season, Adame’s presence as an experienced wrestler is crucial to the team’s success. Her work ethic in practices pushes her first-year teammates to try new moves and dedicate themselves to wrestling. She cheers on her teammates to keep going in the practice room and to never give up despite the difficulties of the sport.

Adame has won multiple medals this season at a number of different tournaments, including another first place medal at the Trojan Wrath tournament in Alisal. She has placed within the top two at every tournament she participated in so far. On the subject of wrestling awards, she commented, “my greatest accomplishments so far are placing first at the league tournament last year and placing 6th at CCS.” 

 For this season, she explained that she hopes to place again at the CCS tournament, this time hopefully within the top two. These top placers in the CCS tournament also qualify for the state tournament in which Adame would get to wrestle girls from all over California. 

Chargers’ head coach, Ted Pettigrew, expressed just how vital Adame’s presence to the team, stating, “Jessie is our only three-year wrestler. Basically, we’re a young team. She is one of our three team captains along with Perla and Nadia. She is our highest points getter in tournaments so far going into the league tournament.” He explained that, in addition to her high points scoring ability, her presence as a veteran wrestler was also hugely helpful in the practice room with a largely inexperienced team. 

Next on the calendar for the Wilcox team is the CCS sectionals tournament on February 11th. Adame hopes to place at this tournament and move on to the CCS masters tournament the following week in order to advance further into the postseason. The team’s victory at the league finals means they will hang up their second ever banner in the gym at the end of the year. Adame’s contributions towards the team’s accomplishments will leave a lasting impression on the program, and her work ethic in wrestling will undoubtedly continue to inspire her teammates even after she graduates.