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.
As of Monday, March 7, 2016
RICHLAND 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.
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.
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.