Amit Elor Makes History
Amit Elor Makes History
College Park freshman Amit Elor made school history when she became the first freshman athlete in any sport to win a CIF State Championship for College Park. Amit won the 150-pound weight division at the Girls Wrestling State Championships over the February 23 and 24 weekend in Bakersfield. Amit pinned all of her opponents, including the championship round, where she pinned her opponent in just 29 seconds. Amit was also named “Champion of Champions,” an award voted on by all 14 girls state champions. Last summer, Amit won the prestigious Triple Crown of wrestling for the girl’s novice division. She was a national champion in Olympic Freestyle, Greco Roman, and American Folkstyle wrestling.
Two of Amit’s coaches are siblings -- sister Ronny, who also won the state championships for CPHS, and brother Orry Elor, who was a two-time state medalist for CPHS and is currently an assistant wrestling coach at San Francisco State. Amit admitted she gained interest in the sport after watching her siblings wrestle in high school. “My brother Oshry also wrestled and played football. The wrestling moves and challenging tumbling during warm- ups made my siblings look like superheroes, and I wanted to be a superhero too!” Amit’s father was another athlete- a member of the Israeli Olympic team in shot put.
Amidst Amit’s successes, the family suffered a devastating loss. Amit’s brother Oshry was murdered last April. “He was a gentle giant that loved wrestling and football. It was hard for me to continue wrestling and think of my Olympic dreams when I knew my brother lost his life and would never be able to fulfill any of his. When I wrestle at College Park, in the back of my mind I am always aware that he was shot and killed just down the street. I am forever grateful for the support given to my family from the wrestling community since Oshry’s death. Thanks to everyone, we are slowly recovering.”
Amit is grateful for guidance along the way and she hopes to win World and Olympic competitions. “I have had many coaches that taught and supported me. The wrestler I am today is thanks to all of them. Valentin Kalika is my amazing freestyle wrestling coach and I went to NCS and State with my College Park wrestling coaches, Bob Wilhelm and my sister Ronny. I have also been coached by Bobby Gonzalez, Casey Strand, and Charlie Hong in practices and tournaments over the years. Having passionate coaches that welcome and support me is priceless. I am also thankful for David Miller, my awesome strength coach from Forma Gym. I wouldn’t have been able to perform the same without him and his supportive Forma Athlete Scholarship.
Look for Amit in the future. Her goal is to win a gold medal in the Olympics and, “To show the world that female wrestlers are awesome!” Amit would greatly appreciate our help in supporting the College Park girl’s wresting team. “We wrestle in very, very old boys’ singlets (the boys’ got new singlets this year).” The Gofundme was established to acquire uniforms cut to fit a woman’s figure. Ronny and Amit are offering a wrestling clinic for donations of $100 or more, and the College Park team is offering custom art for $50 and $35 donations. Please visit www.gofundme.com/singlets4ladyfalconsCPHS for more information.