White River High’s girls wrestling team edged Federal Way by three points for the regional title Saturday at Emerald Ridge in Puyallup and it won’t get easier as seven Hornets head into the girls state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
“Samantha Mitchell pinned her opponent in the finals to put us over the edge, so you could say she won it for us, but I think all these girls would tell you they won it together as a team,” coach Rich Valdez said. “Every team point scored contributed to the win and they all know that.”
Mitchell pinned Jasmine Tuilaepa of Puyallup in 1 minute, 25 seconds for the 195-pound title, while teammate Mikaela Kilcup won the 170-pound crown, pinning Iman Hampton of Emerald Ridge in 3:18.
Kamy Padgett, 265, placed third to earn her way into state. Dylan Fagan, 155, placed fourth and Morgan Shirey, 106, was fifth. Kaitlyn Johnson, 100, and Kalynn Gulin, 112, will compete in an early-morning pigtail round at state.
The Hornets won the team title with 134 points. Federal Way trailed with 131 points and Enumclaw was third with 103.