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Behind Bailey's title, EHS girls finish eighth

By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

More girls showed up then expected at the Rogers High holiday girls wrestling tournament Dec. 19, throwing a curve into the 16-person bracket and making for a long day.

But when the flurry of competition concluded Enumclaw finished eighth among the 23 teams and Chantelle Bailey was a champion again.

Yelm won, finishing nearly 10 points ahead of Kelso. Rogers was third and Hoquiam was fourth. Neighboring White River finished ninth.

"It was crazy," coach Jerry Scheidt said. "But the girls got to see a lot of competition."

Enumclaw's defending state champion Bailey kept her streak running as she won the 171-pound title with a 1-minute, 42-second pin over Morgan Michel in the final.

Bailey earned a first-round bye and then three-straight first-round pins for her title, including the one for the crown. She topped Sam Mitchell in 27 seconds and Mount Baker's Jessica Taranenko in 1:13.

At 103 pounds, after dropping her opening match, Maranda Long won two straight, 13-4 and 13-7, to finish third.

Rose Johnson also finished third. Johsnon earned a first-round bye and a 34-second pin before falling into the consolation bracket and settling for third. Fellow Hornet Jade Patterson won her opener in the same weight division with a 30-second pin before running into eventual runner-up Chloe Grafwallner of Mount Baker, who also was Johnson's downfall. Patterson rallied with two-straight first-round pins to finish fifth.

Kassandra Renfrow won two out of three to finish fifth at 145 pounds.

At 160, Logan Erskine earned a first-round bye and a second-round pin before finishing fifth.

In her first tournament in a year, 160-pound Carson Seitz, who sat out last season with a shoulder injury, won her opening match 3-2, before suffering a pin. She rallied with a pin of her own before exiting the tournament.

The Hornets were scheduled to participate in a tournament at Mount Rainier High Tuesday. Results of that tournament came too late to be published here.

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