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Mount Baker’s Smith highlights All-Whatcom County girls’ wrestling team

Mount Baker’s Natalie Smith hugs her coach Clyde Blockley after winning the girls’ 125-pound state championship at Mat Classic XXVIII at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash.
Mount Baker’s Natalie Smith hugs her coach Clyde Blockley after winning the girls’ 125-pound state championship at Mat Classic XXVIII at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. eabell@bhamherald.com

Mount Baker’s Natalie Smith has been selected the 2015-16 All-Whatcom County Girls’ Wrestler of the Year by The Bellingham Herald. Here is a look at the 2015-16 seasons turned in by Smith and the other first-team selections:

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR NATALIE SMITH

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Weight: 125

What she did: Capped senior season off with a dominating performance during Mat Classic XXVIII, winning a 125-pound state title while going 4-0. ... Finished with a 42-0 record and beat four-time state champion Jordyn Bartleson in a head-to-head match. ... A four-time state placer, taking home an eighth, a seventh and a third-place medal before winning title. ... Won a district title and helped Baker place second at state with 73 points.

FIRST TEAM

Player

School

Yr.

Wt.

Maria Torrero

Mount Baker

Fr.

100

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took fifth at the regional tournament. ... Did not wrestle at Mat Classic XXVIII state championships.

Gabrielle Mata

Mount Baker

So.

105

Placed third at the regional tournament. ... Went 0-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII. ... On Baker team that placed second at state with 73 points.

Alexcina Coleman

Nooksack Valley

Fr.

110

Won a title at the NWC Championships at 115 pounds and took fourth at the regional tournament. ... Went 1-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII, helping Nooksack Valley place sixth at state with 57 points.

Lynette Samano

Nooksack Valley

So.

115

Placed third during the District I Tournament. ... Went 1-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII. ... Helped Nooksack Valley place sixth at state with 57 points.

Korbyn Cadle

Mount Baker

Jr.

120

Won a title at the NWC Championships and took second at the regional tournament. ... Went 2-3 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning an eighth-place medal and helping Mount Baker place second.

Julie De La Cruz

Nooksack Valley

So.

125

Placed second during the NWC Championships and second at the regional tournament. ... Went 3-3 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning a sixth-place medal and helping Nooksack Valley place sixth.

Karina Martinez

Lynden

Jr.

125

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took third at the regional tournament. ... Went 2-3 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning an eighth-place medal while helping Lynden place 19th.

Emma Bruntil

Nooksack Valley

So.

130

Capped dominant season with a state championship. ... Won a regional title and a NWC Championships title. ... Beat four-time state champ Jordyn Bartleson at the Woolley Woman’s Tourney.

Miana Rabang

Nooksack Valley

Jr.

135

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took third at the regional tournament. ... Went 4-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning a fifth-place medal to help Nooksack Valley place sixth.

Kali Spady

Lynden

Jr.

140

Won a title at the NWC Championships and added a regional tournament title. ... Went 2-3 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning an eighth-place medal while helping Lynden place 19th at state.

Marissa Amarando

Mount Baker

Sr.

140

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took third at the regional tournament. ... Went 1-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII, helping Mount Baker place second at state with 73 points.

Rachel Nichols

Mount Baker

Sr.

145

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took third at the regional tournament. ... Went 3-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII, earning a fifth-place medal to help Mount Baker place second.

Aniecea Camacho

Mount Baker

Sr.

155

Placed second during the NWC Championships and took second at the regional tournament. ... Went 1-2 during Mat Classic XXVIII, helping Mount Baker place second at state with 73 points.

Shelby Sears

Mount Baker

Fr.

170

Came on toward the end of the season, placing second during the Sub-Regional Tournament. ... Placed fifth at the regional tournament. ... Did not compete at Mat Classic XXVIII.

Thalia Veliz

Lynden

Sr.

190

Won a title at the NWC Championships and added a regional tournamenttitle. ... Went 5-1 during Mat Classic XXVIII, winning five straight matches, earning a third-place finish.

Akeimi Schwinden

Mount Baker

Sr.

235

Won a title at the NWC Championships and added a regional tournamenttitle. ... Lost a heartbreaking overtime match 5-3 during Mat Classic XXVIII, settling for a second-place medal.

COACH OF THE YEAR CLYDE BLOCKLEY

Team: Mount Baker

What he did: Guided Mount Baker to a regional tournamenttitle and led the Mountaineers to a second-place state finish with 73 points. ... Coached two wrestlers who reach their respective state championship matches in Natalie Smith and Akemi Schwinden.

Honorable mention

Player

Team

Nicole Whittern

Nooksack Valley

Aryanna Tejada

Bellingham

Natalie Schweigert

Lynden

Kailey Gee

Lynden

Taylor Van Brocklin

Mount Baker

Stephanie Carrillo

Lynden

Michelle Mata

Mount Baker

Aaliyah Gallegos

Lynden

Emily Gallegos

Lynden

Emily Parson

Nooksack Valley

Senaida Veliz

Lynden

Becca Averys

Nooksack Valley

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