High School Sports

5 girls’ wrestlers to watch

EMILY GALLEGOS

Lynden

So., 100

Went 1-2 at Mat Classic XXVI in her freshman season but couldn’t advance to medal rounds. Won a tournament title at Regionals. Placed third at Sub-Regionals. Helped Lynden to a 52nd-place state finish with nine points. Showed promise and should develop into strong lightweight wrestler.

LACEY POSTLEWAIT

Mount Baker

Sr., 106

Wrestled at 106 most of the season, but competed at 100 during last season’s Mat Classic, where she went 1-2 and didn’t advance to the medal rounds. Finished 25-17 with 21 pins overall. Won a tournament title at Sub-Regionals. Placed second at Regionals. An experienced wrestler who should be strong enough to qualify for medal rounds.

KALEIOLANI JEFFERSON

Nooksack Valley

Sr., 190

One of four Nooksack wrestlers to qualify for the Mat Classic last year. Went 0-2 once she got there. Improved through the season and should be in line to medal next winter. Placed third at Sub-Regionals and fourth at Regionals. Helped Nooksack Valley place eighth at state with 55 points.

LISA HERNANDEZ

Sehome

Sr., 235

The Lynden transfer immediately made an impact for Mariners, finishing fourth at last year’s Mat Classic. Won a tournament title at Regionals. Placed second at Sub-Regionals. Helped Lynden to a 52nd-place state finish with nine points. Should be a favorite to contend for a state title as senior.

NATALIE SMITH

Mount Baker

So., 118

Finished 3-2 at Mat Classic XXVI to leave the Tacoma Dome with a seventh-place medal, improving over her eighth place finish in 2013. Finished 37-6 overall with 29 pins. Won five tournament titles. Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points. Served as arguably Baker’s most dominant wrestler.

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