The Lakewood Cougars, Arlington Eagles, Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks and Marysville Getchell Chargers girls wrestling teams all competed in the Lady Knights Invitational on Jan. 26.
Arlington brought the most wrestlers, 18, out of the local teams and scored 104 points to earn a third-place finish out of 42 teams. Lakewood was right behind them as they only had eight wrestlers compete but scored an impressive 79 points for a ninth-place spot. Both Marysville teams brought a total of five wrestlers to the invitational with Marysville-Pilchuck scoring three points, placing 40th, and Marysville Getchell going scoreless, tying for 42nd place.
“The girls wrestled extremely well, and I think they were able to see what they need to do in order to be successful in the postseason. We’re blessed to have really strong leadership on the team this year and I think they’re going to be ready to go when it comes to their next matches,” said Lakewood Head Coach Dan Hutchinson.
The Cougars high scoring output was highlighted by Cassidy O’Hara, Olivia Poulton, Rhyleeann Weinberger and Annistazia Kramer. O’Hara, 125-pound class, earned three consecutive pins through the semifinal round, finishing her opponents in 0:36, 3:18 and 1:24, respectively. In her final match, she was pinned, but still earned a second-place finish and 24 team points. Poulton, 130, placed fourth with 15 team points after winning her first two matches with early pins in the first rounds. Weinberger, 135, put herself into a good position early with two back-to-back pins but lost her last two matches by decision which put her in fourth-place with 15 team points. Kramer, 140, earned three-pins over five matches and placed sixth for 13 team points.
The Eagles had six wrestlers finish in the top five of their weight classes including Vivian Potong, Tailer Cochran, Rose Walthers, Kylie Hinds, Malia Wayman and Alyson Ellingson. Potong, 110, earned one quick first round pin and a 5-3 decision in the Quarterfinals to place fourth with 13 team points. Cochran, 120, tallied up three victories by pin and lost one match by major decision to finish third and take 19 team points. Walthers, 120, lost her first match of the day but followed it by pinning her next three opponents to place fifth with 14 team points. Hinds, 140, finished her opponent by pin in the Quarterfinal for a fourth-place spot and 15 team points. Wayman, 190, had two quick pins in the Quarterfinal and Semifinal as she finished in second place and earned 22 team points. Ellingson, 235, competed in five matches while earning four victories by pin and placing fifth with 17 team points.
“Every time we go out to compete the team bonds a little more and they are always so supportive of each other. It was a good experience for them to go out and wrestle some new competition to get ready for Regionals,” said Marysville Head Coach Andie White.
This year the Chargers and the Tomahawks have come together to debut a high school girls wrestling program in Marysville. With such a new program the girls are learning on the go and have been developing throughout the regular season. Marysville-Pilchuck’s Chelsey Goeden was the only wrestler to score as she earned a pin 1:34 into her second match and also tallied three team points.
This invitational was the last match for girls wrestling in the regular season. If you want to come out and support the teams, the 3A Wesco North programs will be competing in the Sub-Regional at North Creek High School from Feb. 1-2. Lakewood will be competing in the 2A Sub-Regional at Bellingham High School on the same dates.