The White River High girls hosted a night of wrestling Jan. 10, bringing together athletes from several schools while also highlighting a few youth wrestlers from the Buckley area. Pictured is Alex Hernandez. Photo by Kevin Hanson

The White River High girls hosted a night of wrestling Jan. 10, bringing together athletes from several schools while also highlighting a few youth wrestlers from the Buckley area. Pictured is Alex Hernandez. Photo by Kevin Hanson

White River girls climb to No. 1 in state wrestling poll

Individually, Payton Stroud and Claire DiCugno continue to make waves.

The girls from White River High are the No. 1 team in the state of Washington, according to the latest rankings.

On Jan. 13, washingtonwrestlingreport.com compiled its statewide poll, putting the Rivergirls at the head of the list. The squad moved up from No. 3 and sat just ahead of larger schools like Federal Way and Union, who tied for the second and third spots.

In girls wrestling, all schools are combined, regardless of size. White River is in Class 2A, while Federal Way and Union are in the largest, 4A classification.

Enumclaw is the only other local squad to be found in the rankings, landing at No. 13.

Aside from team rankings, washingtonwrestlingreport.com keeps tabs on girls in all 14 weight categories.

Leading the way among area schools are a talented trio who are ranked No. 1 in their weight classes. Heading the list are White River’s Payton Stroud, a senior wrestling at 120 pounds, and sophomore Claire DiCugno, 125; also at No. 1 is Enumclaw High junior Kenzie Cormier, who tops the list at 110 pounds.

Also making their way into the rankings were:

• White River: Jalia Williams, a freshman, No. 2 at 135; Rachel Poussier, No. 5 at 130; Maria Hawthorne, freshman, No. 12 at 140; and Alex Hernandez, sophomore, No. 12 at 145.

• Enumclaw: Natasha Puzon, No. 6 at 120 pounds.

Statewide rankings typically are released every two weeks.

ON THE BOYS SIDE

The latest ranking also indicates the strength of the White River boys’ program. The Hornets were placed at No. 3 in the Class 2A poll, trailing familiar foes Toppenish and Orting. Ranking for the state’s Class 4A male wrestlers were released last week and Sumner came in at No. 15. The 3A rankings were posted Jan. 8 and had Bonney Lake at No. 8.

Individually, here’s how washingtonwrestlingreport.com had area grapplers ranked:

White River: Four Hornets were ranked No. 1 in their weight class: Gabe Hawthorne, junior, 138 pounds; Weston Lyver, junior, 152; Nate Moore, senior, 160; and Max Wheeler, senior, 182. Also ranked were Jack Ervien, senior, No. 3 at 170; Nate Belcourt, junior, No. 4 at 113; Klein Carter, sophomore, No. 5 at 160; Johnny McBride, senior, No. 6 at 170; Eric Campbell, senior, No. 7 at 195; and Ben Milligan, sophomore, No. 10 at 106 pounds.

Bonney Lake: The Panthers had two top-ranked wrestlers, sophomore Yusief Lillie at 113 pounds, and senior Brenden Chaowanapibool at 120 pounds. Others making their way into the rankings were Cody Coffey, senior, No. 5 at 160; Orrin Brateng, senior, No. 6 at 285; and Kelly Hickson, junior, No. 12 at 170.

Sumner: Marcus Peterson, No. 3 at 145 pounds; CJ Richmond, No. 4 at 145 pounds; Austin Cleland, No. 7 at 138; Nate Carnicle, No. 7 at 170; Griffin Klockerman, No. 9 at 113; and Johnathon Williams, No. 10 at 132. All are seniors.

Enumclaw: Aidan Carroll, junior, No. 9 at 132 pounds.


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