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All-Whatcom County: Girls’ wrestling capsules

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Natalie Smith

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 120

What she did: Finished the season 38-4. ... Won first three matches at Mat Classic XXVII by way of pin or injury default, leading her to the 120-pound championship match. ... Lost to now three-time state champion Puyallup’s Jordyn Bartelson by a score of 5-3. ... Won regional and sub-regional titles with pins over Nooksack Valley’s Emma Bruntil. ... Helped her team to a second-place team finish at state, just half a point shy of state champion Grandview.

First team selections

Olivia Adams

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Weight: 135

What she did: As Blaine’s only girls’ wrestler, went 2-3 to finish sixth in the 135-pound class at Mat Classic XXVII after a third-place medal in the 130-pound class 2014. ... Finished second at the regional tournament, falling 7-3 in the championship match, and third at sub-regionals.

Julie Aguilar De La Cruz

School: Meridian

Year: Freshman

Weight: 110

What she did: A relative unknown competing as the only Meridian girl, but finished third at the sub-regional before taking fourth at the regional to qualify for Mat Classic. ... Suffered two losses after a first-round pin at Mat Classic XXVII, falling just shy of a medal in her freshman season.

Emma Bruntil

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Freshman

Weight: 120

What she did: Shocked a lot of people with a strong run at Mat Classic XXVII. ... Finished sixth after going 2-0 the first day and finishing 2-3. ... Lost to Natalie Smith in the championship round of both the regional and sub-regional tournaments to place second in both tournaments.

Korbyn Cadle

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 115

What she did: Finished the year with a 32-9 record. ... Went 1-2, after a first-round pin of Yelm’s Sarah Kollar, in her first appearance at Mat Classic — she was an alternate in 2014. ... Won the regional tournament with three straight pins that came in the first two minutes. ... Won a sub-regional title.

Aneicea Camacho

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 155

What she did: Went 33-11. ... Finished with an eighth-place medal at Mat Classic XXVII after failing to medal in 2014. ... After first-round loss, rallied with two pins to secure a medal and a 2-3 record. ... Finished third at the regional tournament and second at the sub-regional.

Maria Cazares

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Weight: 100

What she did: Finished 1-2 at Mat Classic XXVII, just missing out on the second day after not qualifying for state in 2014. ... Won the regional tournament with a 16-1 victory over Lynden’s Krystal Cruz in the championship match. ... Finished second at the sub-regional.

Alexus Garcia

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Weight: 170

What she did: Capped off her Lynden career with a seventh-place finish at Mat Classic XXVII after not making the tournament last season. ... Lost in the first round but ended the tournament 3-2. ... Finished fourth at the regional and sub-regional tournaments to qualify for state.

Lisa Hernandez

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Weight: 235

What she did: Followed up last year’s fourth-place Mat Classic finish with a fifth-place medal this year. ... After an injury in the first round, went 4-1 to finish state with a 4-2 record. ... Lost to Mount Baker’s Akemi Schwinden in the championship match of the regional tournament after topping her in the sub-regional.

Kaleiolani Jefferson

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Weight: 190

What she did: Made it to the state tournament for the second straight year but went 0-2 on the first day of Mat Classic. ... Battled injuries but finished second at the regional and sub-regional tournaments, falling to La Conner’s Frances Zeimantz in both tournament championship matches.

Mika Markishtum

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Weight: 140

What she did: Went 1-2 at Mat Classic XXVII, just missing out on the second day. ... After missing last year’s state tournament, barely squeaked in this year after a 10-9 consolation semifinal win gave her a fourth-place finish at the regional tournament. ... Placed third at the sub-regional.

Jessica Mata

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Weight: 130

What she did: Finished the year with a 33-5 record. ... Dropped down in weight class after finishing seventh at Mat Classic at 137 pounds in 2014. ... Competed at 130 this season and finished third at Mat Classic XXVII, going 4-1 on the weekend. ... Won regional and sub-regional titles by way of pin.

Rachel Nichols

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 145

What she did: Finished the year 24-10. ... After failing to medal last season, finished sixth at Mat Classic XXVII. ... After two first-day wins, went 0-2 on the second day to fall out of contention for a championship. ... Won the regional and sub-regional tournament titles with dominating wins.

Akemi Schwinden

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 235

What she did: Finished the year 22-5. ... After suffering an injury last year, finished with a fourth-place medal at Mat Classic XXVII. ... Went 2-0 on the first day but finished 3-2 overall at state. ... Won the regional tournament over Sehome’s Lisa Hernandez after falling to her in the sub-regional.

Nicole Whittern

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Freshman

Weight: 105

What she did: One of Nooksack Valley’s promising young talents. ... Finished 1-2 at Mat Classic XXVII, failing to make the second day after being pinned in her third match by Evergreen’s Cecilia Vu. ... Finished fourth at the regional tournament and third at the sub-regional event.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Clyde Blockley

School: Mount Baker

What he did: Guided Mount Baker to a second-place team finish — half a point shy of first, at the state tournament. ... Helped Natalie Smith reach the state championship match at 120 pounds. ... Four Mountaineers’ wrestlers went to the semifinal round at Mat Classic XXVII. ... Won the regional, sub-regional and Northwest Conference tournaments. ... Mountaineers finished with a 4-2 dual meet record.

HONORABLE MENTION

•  Marissa Amarando   Mount Baker
•  Becca Averys   Nooksack Valley
•  Delaney Cop   Nooksack Valley
•  Krystal Cruz   Lynden
•  Teagan Manzo   Mount Baker
•  Karina Martinez   Lynden
•  Gabriella Mata   Mount Baker
•  Michella Mata   Mount Baker
•  Cindy Ortiz   Lynden
•  Emily Parson   Nooksack Valley
•  Miana Rabang   Nooksack Valley
•  Lynette Samano   Nooksack Valley
•  Yazmin Sanjuan   Nooksack Valley
•  Kali Spady   Lynden
•  Aryanna Tejedah   Bellingham
•  Taylor Van Brocklin   Mount Baker
•  Thalia Veliz   Lynden
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