Mata leads Baker girls' wrestling to second at invite

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 13, 2014 

Mount Baker's girls' wrestling team took second in a tight battle with Othello at the Kelso Ladies Invite on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Kelso. The Mountaineers finished just one point behind Othello with 100 points at the event. In total, 56 teams attended the invite.

"It was one of the toughest tournaments in the state so far," Mount Baker coach Clyde Blockley said in a phone interview. "It came down to Othello's match, they had to get a pin to win and they got it in the 145-pound division."

Jessica Mata led Mount Baker with a second-place finish in the 137-pound class. Blockley said Mata's only losses this year have come at the hands of former state champions and a top placer at state last year.

Akemi Schwinden took third (235), Natalie Smith (118) was fourth, and Nicole Boardman (124) and Heidi Chambers (130) were fifth in their respective divisions. Jordan Horseman also finished sixth in the 170-pound division.

Blockley was impressed with how Boardman and Chambers came back from first-round losses to finish in the top of their divisions.

Mount Baker's next match is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Lady Lions Tournament at Auburn Mountainview.

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