Cannon placed seventh wrestling at 137 at the Mat Classic last year. Coach Clyde Blockley praises his junior as one of the hardest workers in Baker's wrestling room. With another year to develop her skills, Cannon could be primed for another strong placing at the state tournament come February.
Gardner displayed tremendous natural athletic ability by earning a fourth-place state finish in her first year wrestling. With an additional year to train and learn, all signs point to Gardner replicating last year's success and blossoming into the next Whatcom County standout girls' wrestler.
Molioo is the lone girls' Whatcom County wrestlers to compete in a state championship match last year. Bellingham coach Tom Hinz said she has work to do to get into peak wrestling shape, but Molioo has the physicality and strength to vie for a title again this season.
Out of the eight Mountaineers who qualified for last year's Mat Classic, Schwinden left the Tacoma with a team-best fourth-place finish. Another top placing or even perhaps a state title would be a fine way for Mount Baker's 190-pounder to finish her high school wrestling career.
Garcia is extremely valuable to Lions, as she's the only state returner on a large Lynden roster. She can help bring along younger wrestlers and is one coach Santos Gallegos can rely on every time he puts her in the 190-pound slot in dual meets and in tournaments.
Other notable wrestlers not on full girls' teams: Meridian's Savannah Grogg (145), Paula Whitney (140) and Blaine's Olivia Adams (118)
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