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SLIDESHOW: EHS GIRLS STATE WRESTLING: Bailey sets bar as EHS two-time champion
Chantelle Bailey has set the bar high for Enumclaw High girls wrestling.
Saturday night, under the bright lights of the Tacoma Dome, she became the Lady Hornets’ first two-time state champion. Bailey, a senior, participated the past two years of the three-year-old program. She tallied a perfect 32-0 record this season and was 50-6 for her career.
Bailey would like nothing better than to set the pace for future Lady Hornets.
“I want girls to come out and challenge what I’ve done,” said the EHS Hall of Fame hopeful. “I know there are girls out there. I want them to challenge me.”
The two-time state champ left wrestlers in her wake Friday and Saturday. She started the tournament with back-to-back falls over Alex Prante of Montesano and Kamyriah Padgett of White River. She then won a 15-3 decision over Kylah Williams of Rogers-Puyallup before facing Fife’s Faith Wasmund for the third or fourth time this season.
But it was the first time she’d pinned the Trojan.
“It’s hard to pin her because of her sprawl,” said Bailey, who took Wasmund to the mat in 1 minute, 58 seconds. “I had to switch my technique to arm bars from cradles.”
She said she’s been working this season on strength, conditioning and technique. After winning the title last season, she set her goals high.
“I think I was more nervous than she was,” coach Jerry Scheidt said. “She had her goals. Her character and leadership for us is amazing.
“I’m proud of all the girls, to get here, and participate, shows a lot about their character.”
Bailey will graduate and plans to continue wrestling at Yakima Valley College, but it looks like freshman Jade Paterson could be filling her shoes.
Paterson, wrestling up a weight division, finished fourth at 285 pounds, and she did it the hard way, through the consolation bracket, wrestling girls nearly 50 pounds heavier.
The Hornets also took Logann Erskine and Rose Johnson to the state meet.
“Logann was a match away from a medal and Rose had a bout with the flu,” Scheidt said.
For the second-straight year, the Hornets finished in the Top 10. The Hornets were ninth with Sedro Woolley winning the tournament and Washougal placing second.
“Our goal this year is to try and grow the program and get more girls out,” Scheidt said.