Freshman wrestler finishes eighth at state
Freshman Shannon Workinger overcame nerves to finish among the best girl wrestlers at 140 lbs., taking eighth place in the state tournament last weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Workinger described herself as “terrified” walking into the old woodshed and looking at the stands filled with people and the floors covered with wrestling mats.
At the beginning of the year, Workinger set as her goal for the year placing at state, and she accomplished that. Nevertheless, she said she felt like she could have wrestled better at the Dome.
“A couple of matches, I could have wrestled better. Being a freshman, I was just kind of scared,” she said, noting that nerves would make her start warming up for matches hours in advance.
Ironically, Workinger said she felt least like herself on the mat in her first match, in which she defeated Kennewick’s Kimberly Alvarez, and most like herself in her second match, a loss to Haley Michaelson of Bremerton.
During the medal ceremony, Workinger said, she felt she should have been standing higher on the podium. Next season, she said, she hopes to place in the top five.
In addition to Workinger’s medal, Xochitl Tafoya and Cynthia Diaz left the Dome with winning records.
Sophomore Tafoya finished 3-2 at 100 lbs, what Quincy head coach Devan Silva called the toughest weight class in the state. One more win and Tafoya would have come home with a medal in her first-ever trip to state.
Senior Diaz also finished with a 3-2 record. Her two losses came at the hands of the eventual third-place and fifth-place finishers, including a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Cora Orton of Sedro-Woolley, who went on to finish fifth.
Brenda Salgado, a junior, also made her state debut, and came back with a 1-2 record at 170 lbs., with her win coming against Souzanna Crew of Arlington in the first round of consolation.
“I’m absolutely proud of them and of the mentality they took with them into some tough matches,” Silva said .
Highlighting his junior wrestler’s efforts, he added, “Brenda went to state and won a match. These are all good things. Three of the four gals that we took are returning next year. That’s something to be excited about.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org