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Popeye Wrestling Club competitors, from left, front row, Samantha Ramos and Paola Ramos; and back row, Ihanna Perez, Jennifer Ramos, Elizabeth Miranda and Mollee Weddle pose for a photograph with their Women’s Columbia Cup awards Sunday at Hanford High School.
As of Wednesday, March 7, 2018
RICHLAND Three Lower Yakima Valley girls were Triple Crown winners Sunday and several others were named Outstanding Wrestler at the conclusion of the annual Columbia Women’s Cup tournament at Hanford High School.
Granger Victory’s Delilah Chavez, 12, and Popeye Wrestling Club’s Samantha Ramos and Ihanna Perez each received Triple Crown championship singlets after taking gold medals in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling styles.
Chavez brought home an Outstanding Wrestler trophy for the School Girl division after recording the most pins in the least amount of time among 11 and 12 year olds.
Chavez is the daughter of Ramon and Ana Chavez.
Ramos received two Outstanding Wrestler Awards after posting the most pins in the least amount of time in the folkstyle and Greco-Roman tournaments in the Bantam division.
Other area girls bringing home Outstanding Wrestler awards included Sunnyside Grapplers Lourdes “Luli” Torres and Katarina Rodriguez, and Popeye’s Mollee Weddle.
Rodriguez posted 3 pins in a total of 2:37 en route to the PeeWee division folkstyle title.
Weddle was the only area girl to win the Outstanding Wrestler award for Greco-Roman wrestling.
Greco-Roman is essentially a throw-based style of wrestling where competitors are awarded more points for throwing an opponent and use of the legs to trip or shoot is prohibited.
Weddle took second in Greco-Roman and first in folkstyle.
Meanwhile, Popeye teammates Elizabeth Miranda took second in all three divisions, Paola Ramos was third in both folkstyle and freestyle, Jennifer Ramos was fourth in freestyle, Maria Reyes was second in folkstyle and was crowned champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.
For the Sunnyside Grapplers, only two wrestlers – Torres and Alexis “Lulu” Taylor competed in all three divisions.
Torres took second in folkstyle and Greco-Roman and third in freestyle.
Taylor finished fourth in folkstyle and freestyle and second in Greco-Roman in the Novice division.
Another Sunnyside Grappler was also recently crowned Outstanding Wrestler.
Alexxus Ramos won the honor Feb. 24 after dominating a middle school division in a Toppenish tournament that kicked off the beginning of the youth wrestling season.
The next all-girls event takes place Saturday and Sunday in Belfair, located on state Highway 3 on the Kitsap Peninsula. Battle for the Bling will be at North Mason High School, 200 E. Campus Drive.
Weigh-ins and a clinic take place Saturday night, March 10, with folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling slated for Sunday, March 11.