Girls bring home titles

Area wrestlers place at Lady Huskies Invite

— Four Lower Yakima Valley girls brought home wrestling titles Saturday from the Lady Huskies Invite.

Team results were not available.

Sunnyside’s Stephanie Blankenship won the 110-pound title and Elizabeth Espinoza won at 170 pounds.

Grandview’s Jasel Perez won at 130 pounds.

And Granger’s Viktorya Torres won the 115 pound championship with an 8-3 decision over Zillah’s Olyvia Smith in the finals.

In addition to Smith, other silver medalists from the Lower Yakima Valley include Nizhoni Tallman of Granger at 100 pounds and Maria Reyes of Grandview at 105.

Blankenship, at 110, received a bye in the first round, then pinned her next three opponents to make the finals against Enumclaw’s Kenzie Cormier.

Blankenship won the title bout, 3-2.

At 170, Espinoza pinned four of her five opponents, including Leslie Espinosa of Olympia, whom she pinned in the third round at 5:02.

For Grandview, Perez received a bye in the first round at 130 pounds, then pinned every opponent she faced.

In the finals, she stuck Jamie Kness of Burlington Edison in 1:27.

For her silver medal, Tallman lost a close, 3-2, match to Taylor Wilson of Hanford. Before making the finals, Tallman pinned three of her four opponents.

Grandview’s Reyes also struck out in the finals, falling 8-2 to Emily Mendez of Othello at 105 pounds.

Reyes opened the tournament with a bye, then pinned her next three opponents.

Sunnyside’s Riley Guerrero and Jacqueline Luna of Toppenish brought home the area’s only bronze medals.

Guerrero received a bye in the opening round at 115 pounds, then pinned her next two opponents. In the semifinals, Granger’s Torres pinned Guerrero in 3:04.

In the consolation round, Guerrero then pinned Adri Graf of Grandview in 5:44. She followed that up with a 4-3 decision of Jackie Peguero for the bronze. Graf went on to finish fifth.

Luna, at 190, was pinned in her first match. But then she won six straight matches in the wrestle backs. She won her medal match after Victoria Mendoza of Othello defaulted due to injury.



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