The Lynden girls' wrestling team beat Nooksack Valley 36-29 during a dual meet on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Nooksack Valley High School.
Lions Emily Gallegos, Maria Ortiz, Lindsey Cerny and Cara Bouwman each earned wins, but Bouwman's win in the 235-pound class sealed Lynden's victory.
"It was pretty close at the end," Lynden coach Santos Gallegos said in a phone interview. "If she would have lost, it would have put us a couple points down, but she went out there and had fun."
Nooksack Valley's Delaney Cop, Chloe Gardner and Kylee Dekoekkoek recorded wins, and Gallegos said Gardner's second-round pin against Lynden's Gabriela Herrera was the most exciting of the night, featuring two state-meet returners.
"The girls were in a really good mood and in high spirits today," Gallegos said. "They pretty much set the tone from the beginning."
LYNDEN 36, NOOKSACK 29
100: Maria Cazares (NV) forfeit. 106: double forfeit. 112: Emily Gallegos (Lyn) pin Paula Cazares (NV) 1:21. 118: Delaney Cop (NV) dec. Betty Lopez (Lyn) 15-6. 124: Maria Ortiz (Lyn) pin Alexandra Parson (NV) 1:06. 130: Corina Martinez (Lyn) forfeit. 137: Chloe Gardner (NV) def. Gabriela Herrera pin 3:21. 145: Lindsey Cerny (Lyn) pin Viridiana Melero (NV) 0:28. 155: Kylee Dekoekkoek (NV) pin Celeste Hernandez (Lyn) 0:34. 170: double forfeit.190: Thalia Veliz (Lyn) forfeit. 235: Cara Bouwman (Lyn) def. Melissa Moreno (NV 0:52.