TACOMA Valerie Hernandez was in no mood to celebrate. Not yet.
Though her Warden girls already had won the state title, the Cougars coach had to mend the state title dreams that senior Miexy Gonzales had just watched slip away in the 130-pound state title match.
Im really speechless right now, Hernandez said after watching a 4-0 lead in the third period turn into a pin for Kelsos Mariah Horton. We expected it to be a tough match.
While Gonzales was denied her title she added a second-place finish to the fifth and eighth from previous seasons there was no denying the Cougars had arrived.
Warden wrapped up the team title before the start of the finals matches and finished with 1131⁄2 points, 291⁄2 ahead of second-place Mt. Baker.
They had a pair of runners-up: Gonzales and junior Deianeira Caudle, who lost the 100-pound final 5-3 to Grandview sophomore Marizza Birrueta.
Additionally, Bianca Hernandez (145) was third, and Melisa Vasquez at 106 and Brenda De Leon at 118 placed fifth. The Cougars became the first east-side team to win the girls title in the seven-year history of the event, ending the reign of four-time champion Sedro-Woolley.
Weve always been here, but weve been overlooked, Hernandez said. Cant overlook us now.
Nor can Grandview, which finished fourth for a team trophy despite bringing just three wrestlers to the tournament. Birruetas win at 100 and freshman Desiree Zavalas 2-0 win over Othellos Tatum Sparks in the 124 final gave the Greyhounds big points. Their third wrestler, Viannei Perez, edged Mary Ellen Gutierrez of Mabton 4-3 for third at 112. Othellos Allesha Reyes brought a little magic from the Huskies boys (Class 2A state champs) to the girls mats with her title at 137, a 4-3 win over Colleen Reynolds of Kelso.
This season marked a big step for girls wrestling in the Mid-Columbia. The areas six finalist was by far the most ever, as were the 17 overall placers.
The Tri-Cities added a pair of placers as Pascos Tania Martinez was seventh at 155 and Richlands Tamika Pierce was eighth at 106.
Also, Sunnysides Abigail Elizondo (130) and Jessica Cardenas (170) placed third, and Jazmin Mendoza of Mabton placed sixth.
Team scores (top 4 and local): Warden 113.5, Mt. Baker 84, Kelso 81.5, Grandview 69.5; 8, Othello 58.5; 13, Sunnyside 41; 23, Mabton 24; 41, Pasco 10; 49, Richland 7.
100Marizza Birrueta (Grandview) p. Kendra Smith (Rogers-Puyallup) 3:10; Deianeira Caudle (Warden) p. Elizabeth Galvez (Toppenish) 3:31. 112Taylor Lee (Kentridge) p. Viannei Perez (Grandview) 2:02; Arian Carpio (Todd Beamer) p. Mary Ellen Gutierrez (Mabton) :50. 124Tatum Sparks (Othello) t.f. Megan Johnson (Tumwater) 19-0; Desiree Zavala (Grandview) t.f. Jessica Mata (Mt. Baker) 19-2. 130Miexy Gonzales (Warden) d. Megan Young (Mt. Baker) 8-2; Mariah Horton (Kelso) d. Abigail Elizondo (Sunnyside) 7-3. 137Allesha Reyes (Othello) p. Juliana Trujillo (Lakes) 4:28. 145Sonya Redbird (Kingston) d. Bianca Hernandez (Warden) 4-2. 170Samantha Mitchell (White River) p. Jessica Cardenas (Sunnyside) 4:27.
Consolation third round
106Melisa Vasquez (Warden) d. Tamika Pierce (Richland) 13.8. 118Brenda De Leon (Warden) m.d. Natalie Smith (Mt. Baker) 12-2. 124Jazmin Mendoza (Mabton) d. Haven Camden (Washougal) 7-3. 137Maria Rivera (Granger) d. Alexys Jolley (Warden) 5-4. 155Samantha King (Hoquiam) d. Tania Martinez (Pasco) 11-9; Vivian Bazan (Quincy) p. Aneissa Gonzales (Warden) 2:30. 235Sophia Munoz (Highline) p. Andrea Contreras (Warden) 4:38.
106Isis Wadleigh (Timberline) m.d. Melisa Vasquez (Warden) 9-0. 112Viannei Perez (Grandview) m.d. Casandra Beccerra (Burlington); Mary Ellen Gutierrez (Mabton) p. Cassie Edwards (Napavine) 2:47. 118Ivy Rodolf (Kingston) d. Brenda De Leon (Warden) 4-1. 124Jessica Mata (Mt. Baker) p. Jazmin Mendoza (Mabton) 2:25. 130Abigail Elizondo (Sunnyside) p. Johnson (South Kitsap) 2:12. 145Bianca Hernandez (Warden) d. Alejandra Rodriguez (Granger) 8-2. 170Jessica Cardenas (Sunnyside) p. Erika Lindholm (Sedro-Woolley) 3:38.
100Marizza Birrueta (Grandview) d. Deianeira Caudle (Warden) 5-3. 124Desiree Zavala (Grandview) d. Tatum Sparks (Othello) 2-0. 130Mariah Horton (Kelso) p. Miexy Gonzales (Warden) 5:43. 137Allesha Reyes (Othello) d. Colleen Reynolds (Kelso) 4-3.
112Viannei Perez (Grandview) d. Mary Ellen Gutierrez (Mabton) 4-3. 130Abigail Elizondo (Sunnyside) d. Megan Young (Mt. Baker) 16-11. 145Bianca Hernandez (Warden) p. Danielle Cormier (Enumclaw) 3:22. 170Jessica Cardenas (Sunnyside) d. Kearstin Williams (Mountain View) 8-3.
106Melisa Vasquez (Warden) p. Cynthia Ramirez (Quincy) 1:58. 118Brenda De Leon (Warden) p. Rachel Coleck (East Valley-Spokane) 4:02. 124Sara Sanchez (Washougal) m.d. Jazmin Mendoza (Mabton) 15-2.
106Danielle Crawford (Granite Falls) d. Tamika Pierce (Richland) 7-4. 137Alexys Jolley (Warden) p. Joanna Moreira (Liberty-Issaquah) 4:54. 155Tania Martinez (Pasco) p. Aneissa Gonzales (Warden) 3:48. 235Kimiko Misioka (Fife) p. Andrea Contreras (Warden) 4:41.