Blaine’s Olivia Adams dominated the 140-pound weight class at the Burlington-Edison Women’s Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Burlington-Edison High School.
Adams pinned her way through the tournament after a first-round bye. Her pins were quick, too — 41, 43 and 50 seconds.
“She’s got a stock and store of moves,” Blaine coach Damon Higgins said in a phone interview. “She’s pretty dominant with head-arm and half nelsons. Today she needed to make sure she doesn’t get injured, and understand that these are athletes and the competition is there and not get too complacent moving forward toward regionals.”
Adams is the Borderites’ only girl wrestler, but her score was enough to push Blaine to 12th in the invitational with 28 points. Nooksack Valley, on the other hand, had nine medalists and took third with 141 points.
Maria Cazares (100 pounds) and Emma Bruntil (120) led the Pioneers with first-place finishes. Bruntil and 125-pound, third-place finisher Miana Rabang are in just their first year wrestling.
“Miana is beating girls who have been wrestling for a few years,” Nooksack Valley coach Michelle Dekoekkek said in a phone interview. “They (Rabang and Bruntil) both, in practice, learn the technique, retain it and use it. They’re both aggressive and strong, really strong. Miana beat Angelica Koenig from Concrete today, she placed third at regionals last year and was a state participant.”
Nooksack Valley got a second-place finish from Nicole Whittern (105 pounds), thrid-place finishes by Rabang and Fabiana Hernandez (135), fourth-place finishes by Lynette Samano (125) and Kaleiolani Jefferson (190), a fifth-place finish from Delaney Cop (130) and a sixth-place finish by Emily Parson (140).
Lynden took fifth with 87 points, led by a trio of third-place finishers. Kali Spadey (130 pounds), Senaida Veliz (145) and Thalia Veliz (170) each took a third place for the Lions.
“Kali Spadey has been sick for about two weeks...she was focused today,” Lynden coach Santos Gallegos said in a phone interview. “Her match she lost (in the semifinals) ws a good match for her. She dropped down a weight class, so she’s wrestling girls she hasn’t wrestled before, and this was a tough, equal match. I told her if she was 100 percent it would have gone the other way.”
Krystal Cruz (100) and Emily Gallegos (105) had fourth-place finishes for Lynden, and Karina Martinez (125) took sixth.
Yelm won the invitational with 211 points, followed by Federal way (153) and Nooksack Valley. Burlington-Edison (126) and Lynden (87) rounded out the top five. Meridian also participated, taking 19th with three points.