Grizzlies take third
BREMERTON — More than 16 girls teams and 48 boys teams from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah competed in the two-day Hammerhead Invitational Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
As a team, the Grizzlies girls finished third with 107 points. Yelm won the girls team title with 163.5 points and Federal Way was second with 149.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Washougal with 97 points, Fife 81, Hoquiam 74, Granger 64, Skyview 54.5, Shelton 42 and Lakes 51.
Prior to the tournament, the Sunnyside girls wrestling team was ranked No. 1 by the Washington Wrestling Report. Federal Way was ranked second, followed by Othello, Grandview and Decatur, third through fifth, respectively.
Kiona-Benton was ranked 16th as a team, but did not compete in Hammerhead.
No area boys teams participated.
South Kitsap won the boys team title with 263 points. Syracuse was second with 232, W.F. West third with 202.5, Yelm fourth with 197.5 and Puyallup fifth with 175.
BREMERTON A Granger and two Sunnyside girls wrestled their way to gold medals Saturday at the annual Hammerhead Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Kitsap Pavilion.
Grizzlies Stephanie Blankenship at 110 pounds and Aylin Bautista at 170 both pinned all their opponents to bring home gold medals.
Both received the Outstanding Athlete awards, coach Terry Shines said. Blankenship also received the Sportsmanship Medal
Meanwhile, the Spartans’ Viktorya Torres took gold at 115 pounds, winning two matches by pin and two by major decisions.
At 110, Blankenship started by sticking Holly Beaudoin of North Kitsap in 1:19 and followed up by pinning Emma Aley of West Valley in 1:09 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Blankenship pinned Alina Collins of Bellermine Prep in 3:27. In the championship bout, she pinned Federal Way’s Amanda Henderson in 3:08.
At 115, Torres opened by pinning Kyla Shoddy of Kelso in 1:50, then pinned Phoenix DuBose of Yelm in 1:34 to advance to the semifinals. Torres defeated Saisha Morales of Steilacoom, 13-5, and then topped Anabella Garcia of Federal Way, 13-1, to win the title.
In the same weight class, Ceci Guillen of Sunnyside opened with a 2:12 pin over Ally Bradley of Port Townsend, but then lost a 13-2 major decision to Samantha Weeks of Mount Tahoma.
In the consolation round, Guillen pinned Abigail Ogelsby of Yelm in 1:28, then pinned Shoddy in 32 seconds, before losing by fall to Morales.
Guillen finished fifth.
At 170 pounds, Bautista pinned Grace Low of Sultan in 54 seconds to open the tournament. She then pinned Eveline Major of Hudson Bay in 56 seconds. In the semifinals, Bautista pinned Marlin Gonzalez of Federal Way in 3:18 and followed that up with a pin in the finals, sticking Cece Sayler of Skyview in 1:35.
With 33 girls in the 125-pound class, the division was split into two brackets.
Granger’s Mayu Molina grabbed a silver medal in one and Ruby Alvarez of Sunnyside took silver in the other
Molina edged Kiara Pierson of Sequim, 5-3, to open the tournament. Then she pinned Marissa Covarrubias of North Mason in 24 seconds to advance to the semifinals, where she edged Alexandra Moore of Kingston, 5-4. In the championship bout, district rival Kaylee Moore of Naches Valley took a 12-4 major decision victory over Molina, who finished second.
In the 125B bracket, Alvarez pinned her first three opponents — Neveah Hawkins of Olympia in 2:37, Alex Arnold of Lakes in 3:10 and Joazarria Garza of Federal Way in 4:44 — to make the finals. In the battle for gold, Angela Collins of North Kitsap pinned Alvarez in 1:56.
Several other Grizzlies girls competed in the tournament:
Mireya Sanchez was pinned in 4:57 in her first 120-pound match by Brooklyn Cutler of Yelm, the eventual runner-up.
Sanchez, however, pinned her next three opponents and defeated her fourth to make it into the match for third place.
In her second match, Sanches pinned Megan Pukstra of Sequim in 1:50. She then pinned Alexi Ramp-Taft, also of Sequim, in 1:27 and Ashley Muzquiz of Fife in 1:46.
After pinning three straight, Sanchez took her fourth consecutive win after Mercedes Pinnell of Hoquiam was injured and defaulted.
Sanchez faced Ashley Hubble of Klahowya for third place — the result of that match was not reported.
Jayda Denson won her first match then dropped the next two at 130 pounds.
Denson opened with a 1:32 pin over Alyssa Haworth of Fife. She then lost by pin in 3:44 to Alyssa Sweet of Port Angeles and was eliminated by Keva Upson of Shelton by pin in 3:57.
Bianca Alaniz went 2-2 in the tournament at 145 pounds. In her first match, she pinned Kalia Nolan of Fife in 35 seconds. She lost her quarterfinals match by pin in 1:52 to Sienna Ramirez of Lakes.
In the consolation rounds, Alaniz eliminated Hannah Stone of Port Angeles by pinning her in 25 seconds before being eliminated by pin in 41 seconds by Jazlyn Aubert of Spanaway Lake.
Margarita “Maggie” Torres went 1-2 at 235 pounds.
She opened by pinning Kayla Gibbens of Yelm in 18 seconds — one of the fastest pins of the tournament. But she lost her next two — by pin in 3:19 to Kayleen Elika of Fife and then by pin in 1:49 to Arianna Wooten of Stadium.
One other Spartan represented Granger in the tournament.
In the 105-pound quarterfinals, Makayla Riggs of Granger took a 7-2 decision over Nancy Garcia of Federal Way, but was pinned in the semifinals by Bianca Lopez of Hoquiam in a time of 1:59.
In the consolation round, she pinned Kayana Wysocki in 4:09 to advance to the match for third-place against Ashlynn Daughtery of Woodland. That match score was not reported.