Stroud moves up to top five wrestlers in the country

She was ranked in the top 10 back in February, but seems she won’t stop until she’s on top.

Stroud, shown here taking an early victory in the 2018 state wrestling championship, has moved up from being ranked in the top 10 in the nation for wrestlers in her weight class to in the top five. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Stroud, shown here taking an early victory in the 2018 state wrestling championship, has moved up from being ranked in the top 10 in the nation for wrestlers in her weight class to in the top five. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Payton Stroud, who will be a senior at White River High when school resumes in September, is the nation’s No. 5-ranked female wrestler in her weight class.

Stroud was listed July 3 when the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling announced their most-recent rankings. The three entities have partnered to create the national rankings and recognize the top high school girl wrestlers in the nation.

Rankings are published throughout the year and consider girls from all 50 states in grades nine through 12. The next list will be published following a national meet this month; it will be considered the preseason ranking for the 2018-19 school year and will not include girls who graduated in 2018.

Stroud is one of a dozen Washington girls cracking the national rankings, sitting fifth in the 122-pound division.

Listed below are other Washington girls ranked nationally. Their year in school indicates their anticipated class standing in the fall.

• Holly Beaudoin, North Kitsap High School, junior, No. 13 at 112 pounds;

• Phoenix Dubose, Yelm High School, senior, No. 9 at 117 pounds;

• Cameron Guerin, Davis High School (Yakima), No. 2 at 122 pounds

• Viktorya Torres, Granger High School, junior, No. 6 at 122 pounds;

• Kaylee Moore, Naches Valley High School, senior, No. 4 at 127 pounds;

• Joessie Gonzales, Snohomish High School, graduated, No. 9 at 127 pounds;

• Emma Bruntil, a resident of Everson who graduated from a school in Pennsylvania, No. 1 at 138 pounds;

• Nicole Clark, Sumner High School, graduated, No. 8 at 144 pounds;

• Kyley Hubby, Glacier Peak High School (Snohomish) junior, No. 8, 152 pounds;

• Lena Flanagan, Wilson High School (Tacoma), graduated, No. 10, 152 pounds;

• Mariah Stewart, Federal Way High School, graduated, No. 9, 225 pounds.

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