‘Jazzed’ quartet of Lady Jacks set for trip to state
Three first-timers, including a district champion, and a state returner looking for a stellar ending to her high school career will represent Quincy at the Mat Classic this weekend in Tacoma.
The four wrestlers, freshman (and district titleholder) Shannon Workinger, 2018 state veteran Cynthia Diaz and first-timers Brenda Salgado and Xochitl Tafoya will try to make their mark in what promises to be a crowded state wrestling tourney.
With regional tournaments scrapped statewide because of the snow, the Tacoma Dome will house 32 wrestler brackets instead of the regular 16.
That means that the woodshed on Tacoma’s D Street will be bursting with fans, wrestlers and coaches on the tournament’s first day.
“It’s going to be a big show,” head coach Devan Silva said. “It’s going to be pretty sweet, pretty exciting.”
Even if the snow continues, the odds of state getting canceled the way regionals were is next to nil, Silva said.
“Can you imagine how much money they would be out?” he asked. “I don’t think they are going to do it.”
The girls are “jazzed” to be going to state, Silva said. The snow has not kept them away from the wrestling room. They know they have to put the work in if they want to do well under the wooden dome.
The girls’ first match at state will be the same as it would have been on the first match at regionals, Silva said.
One difference is the timing. Instead of starting at the same time as everyone else, the Mat Classic will start at 2:30 p .m. for the girls, as well as for 3A wrestlers and 4A wrestlers on Friday. Feb. 15.
According to the brackets posted by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Quincy’s Tafoya debuts at state with a match against Isabella Morales of Toppenish.
The winner will wrestle the winner of the match between Jarienna Fedler of Washougal and Paulina Fabela-Santo of Federal Way.
Diaz will wrestle Jazmine Mercado of Pasco. The winner of that match will wrestle the winner of the match between Steilacoom’s Leilani Hampton and Enumclaw’s Kenzie Cormier.
District champ Workinger will debut at state by facing Kimberly Alvarez of Kennewick.
The winner will wrestle the winner of the match between Stanwood’s Aleena Wiegand and Bellevue’s Lexie Magana.
Salgado will start her Friday with a match against Connell’s Rosa Saucedo-Ramirez, with the winner facing off against the winner of the match between Kiley Hubby of Lake Stevens and Souzanna Crew of Arlington.
Silva said he believes in his team.
“I know what they are capable of and I think they are starting to figure out what they are capable of, too,” he said.
This is Silva’s first year as head coach for the Lady Jacks.
The trip for the four Lady Jacks wrestlers starts Thursday morning, with a send-off at Quincy High School around 8 a.m., said Silva, with a few “stops” along the way.
“We might stop and get some pedicures,” he said with a big laugh. “There’s a good headline for ya.”
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com