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Poway wrestler LaFrancis going for 3rd state title

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POWAY (CBS 8) - The girls' state wrestling tournament is this weekend, and a junior at Poway is entering rare territory, as she is in pursuit of a 3rd straight state title.

Alyssa LaFrancis is a two-time state champion.

"I like the adrenaline of it. When you wrestle and you're beating someone up, it's fun," Alyssa said.

She competes against the girls, but practices against the boys.

"She's more aggressive than most girls. She's really good at throwing and controlling you," explained Poway Wrestler Jacob Allensworth.

LaFrancis is 34-0 this year with 30 pins. She started at the age of eight and has competed in 15 different countries.

"There's a lot of ego in wrestling. Girls especially they have attitude about it. Before the match they're glaring at you to try and intimidate you. Then when you beat them it's funny to watch their faces," Alyssa said.

When it comes to the pre-match stare down, Alyssa says the bigger the drama, the harder they fall.

"A lot of wrestlers slap themselves, they try to look scary, those are the ones who usually suck. They suck the ones that slap themselves," Alyssa continued.

Her goal is to graduate high school a four-time state champ.

"You wanna add pressure of being a four-time state champ on top of the level of competition increasing, it's tough. But I think it's a realistic goal," said Donnie Stephens, Alyssa's 9th And 10th grade Coach.

"She's passionate about it. She wants to be for the right reasons, a good wrestler," said Poway Wrestling Coach, Wayne Branstetter.

She is a junior, and goes for her 3rd straight state championship this weekend.

Only one boy, Darrell Vasquez of Bakersfield, has ever won four state titles in California. Alyssa's other big goal is to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. Women's wrestling been an Olympic sport since 2004.

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