Grandview girls win Columbia Cup

Approximately 180 girls and women competed Sunday in the second Women’s Colombia Cup wrestling, the largest all-female wrestling tournament in the northwest.

Photo by Roger Harnack
Approximately 180 girls and women competed Sunday in the second Women’s Colombia Cup wrestling, the largest all-female wrestling tournament in the northwest.



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Alicia Ramos of Sunnyside shows off her second-place medal Sunday afternoon in the Hanford High School gymnasium.

— The Grandview Popeye Wrestling Club brought home the top team honors from the second Women’s Columbia Cup wrestling tournament Sunday.

The Popeye girls won the Team Champion Award for the folkstyle portion of the all-female tournament at Hanford High School.

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The Grandview Popeye Wrestling Club won the overall team championship Sunday at the Women’s Columbia Cup tournament at Hanford High school. Wrestlers, from left, Mollee Weddle, Ihanna Perez, Samantha Ramos, Viannei Perez, Maria Reyes and Elizabeth Miranda were on the team, as was Jasel Perez (not pictured), who dislocated her ankle. The girls were coached by Isaac Perez, left, and Bob Johnson.

More than 180 women and girls turned out for the event, making it the largest all-female wrestling tournament ever in the Pacific Northwest.

Wrestling was open to girls ages 5 and older in three styles — folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Lower Yakima Valley athletes participated in the tournament, representing Prosser, Grandview, Sunnyside and Mabton.

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Mabton’s Sofia Tovar tries to escape the grip of Kiersten Lees of Southwest Washington Wrestling.

But only the Popeye club is sanctioned as a USA Wrestling team, the organization overseeing the competition.

Two groups, the Grapplers and Ironman, represented Sunnyside.

Information on individual athletes was not available at press time, with several Lower Valley girls medalling in folkstyle and a couple in freestyle.

Alexis “Lulu” Taylor, 8, of Sunnyside, was the only Greco-Roman medalist from the Lower Yakima Valley, winning two matches before losing 10-0 in the finals.



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