Enumclaw High’s girls wrestling team finished 11th on the mat Saturday night at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament, but the Lady Hornets brought home top honors, winning the state academic team championship.
“The girls were really excited about that,” coach Jerry Scheidt said about his student-athletes’ success. “That was great. There’s great motivation to do it again next year.”
The 11 team members combined for a 3.378 grade-point average. Senior Kassandra Renfrow also earned an individual state academic title for her 3.73 gpa.
The Hornets were also successful on the mat. Their 11th-place finish followed tough competitors. Sedro Woolley won it with 83 points. Stanwood, 71.5, Fife, 70, and White River, 64, followed. EHS was maintaining a spot in the top 10 until the final bouts when they were bumped to finish with 44 points.
“The development of wrestling in the last three or four years for the girls has just grown,” Scheidt said. “It’s been fun to watch and see how competitive it has gotten.
“I’m proud of the girls. They all finished off the season with a win.”
Freshman KC Moulden earned the team’s top finish, taking third place at 265 pounds, besting Kimiko Misioka of Fife 4-3.
Junior Jade Paterson finished fifth, pinning Imani Hampton in 1 minute, 18 seconds for her 170-pound victory.
Despite a shoulder injury, sophomore Danielle Cormier, 145 pounds, earned a seventh-place finish with a 10-4 decision over Luaipou Lologo of Federal Way.
The Hornets also took senior Logann Erskine and junior Sam Lanting to the tournament.