Payton Stroud, a junior at White River High School, remains ranked among the nation’s best female prep wrestlers.
She was listed in the national rankings released Feb. 21. The national list is a combined effort of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling, and will be updated again March 14, April 11, May 23 and July 11.
The ranking includes freshman through senior girls and include athletes from all 50 states.
Stroud was ranked No. 10 at 122 pounds in the most-recent list. The placing comes after her second-place showing at the state girls championship meet, staged Feb. 16-17 in the Tacoma Dome.
The state of Washington is well represented in the national rankings, with 10 other girls making the list.
They are headed by Cameron Guerin, a senior from Yakima’s Davis High School, who is ranked No. 2 at 122 pounds. Others include Joessie Gonzales, senior, Snohomish High, No. 4 at 127 pounds; Kaylee Moore, junior, Naches Valley High, No. 5 at 127; Lena Flanagan, senior, Wilson High, No. 6, 152; Mariah Stewart, senior, Federal Way High, 9 at 225; Viktorya Torres, sophomore, Granger High, No. 10 at 112; Lynette Samano, senior, Bellingham High School enters the rankings at No. 13 at 122; Alina Collins, senior, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), No. 14 at 106; Phoenix Dubose, junior, Yelm High School, enters at No. 15 at 117; and Allison Blaine, sophomore, Hudson’s Bay High School (Vancouver) enters at No. 15 at 132 pounds.
Those names are familiar to fans who followed the recent Washington state championships. Samano was state champ at 120, defeating Stroud in finals; Guerin was the champion at 125; Gonzales was tops at 130, defeating Moore; Flanagan took the title at 155, as did Stewart at 235, Dubose at 115, Blaine at 135 and Collins at 105. Torres wrestled for a championship at 115 pounds and placed second.