Girls’ Mat Classic bracket shows west is best, but east is growing
In girls wrestling, brackets don’t follow enrollment classifications, and the west side fared better at the 2019 state wrestling championships, but eastsiders still managed to make their mark at the Mat Classic.
At 100 lbs., Hanford’s Taylor Wilson won first place, and eastside schools took second, third and seventh.
At 105 lbs., four of the eight medals went east, including second-place finisher Emily Mendez of Othello.
At 110 lbs., three wrestlers from the eastside placed, the highest one being third-place finisher Jazmin Mercado of Pasco.
At 115 lbs., four of the eight medals went east, with Granger’s Liliana Luna finishing second.
At 120 lbs., Oroville’s Taralynn Fox finished sixth. At 125 lbs., Hanford’s Maria Gardner finished eighth.
At 130 lbs., Naches’ Kaylee Moore took first place, with second place and fourth place also going to eastside schools.
At 135 lbs., second place went to Granger’s Viktorya Torres and sixth place went to Grandview’s Mollee Weddle.
At 140 lbs., fourth place went to Ayanna Asselin of Kennewick, and eighth place went to Quincy’s own Shannon Workinger
Ephrata’s standout Mya Spencer won the state title at 145 lbs., with three more eastside wrestlers taking medals, including Toppenish’s Trinity Gonzalez (8th).
Kiona-Benton’s Maloree Calzadillas took first at 155 lbs., followed by Lourdes Torres of Sunnyside in second place.
At 170 lbs., Kennewick’s Alexia Asselin finished fourth and Mabton’s Reyna Huecias finished eighth.
At 190 lbs., third place went to Grace Nelson of Hanford, with fourth place going to Deer Park’s Avery Ackerman.
At 235 lbs., third place went to Toppenish’s Jacqueline Luna, and sixth place went to Jasmine Fryer of West Valley-Spokane.
Teamwise, third place went to Hanford, fifth place went to Sunnyside, eighth place went to Granger, ninth went to Kennewick, and 12th went to Toppenish.
Othello finished 15th, and Ephrata finished 25th, with Kiona-Benton 27th. Pasco finished 29th, Wenatchee finished 34th and Naches Valley 35th.
Quincy finished 48th, Deer Park finished 49th, and Moses Lake finished 53rd, out of 163 teams.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org