Kamiak’s de la Cruz, Cantini win regional championships | Girls wrestling

Senior standout claims her fourth straight crown
By David Pan | Feb 14, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Diana Cantini and Ally de la Cruz both won their respective divisions at the regional tournament and are headed to the state meet.

Even when she’s not at her best, Kamiak’s Ally de la Cruz is tops in her weight class.

The 4A state defending champion recorded back-to-back pins and then scored an 8-1 decision over Lakewood’s Olivia Poulton to win the 140-pound division at the Region 1 girls wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sedro-Woolley High School.

The Kamiak senior pinned Poulton a week earlier at the district tournament.

“I think I was just more tired that day,” de la Cruz said of the regional tournament. “I didn’t wrestle very well in the second match either. I wrestled well enough to get the win, but I didn’t feel that I wrestled as smart as I have been.”

De la Cruz is excited for the opportunity to win a second straight title at the Mat Classic XXX Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s definitely not going to be easy,” de la Cruz said. “I feel like sometimes it’s harder to repeat than to get it in the first place.”

This year de la Cruz is dropping down to the 140 weight class after winning the state title at 155. She actually started the season at 170. During the course of the regular season, de la Cruz lost weight and a change to a more healthy diet (no more pizza) accentuated the weight loss.

“Every other year I’ve been within reach of the weight class below me,” de la Cruz said. “I know I wanted to go 140 or 145 for sure.”

She also felt she was becoming slow at the heavier weights.

Teammate Diana Cantini won a regional title in the 105 division. Cantini pinned Mount Vernon’s Kaylee Gaines in the finals after losing by fall to her in the district finals.

“I was more comfortable and I thought less while I was wrestling,” Cantini said. “I got myself ready by saying to myself that I know I can do it.”

At last year’s state meet, Cantini went 1-2 in the 100 division.

“I really want to make it to the second day and get on the podium,” Cantini said.

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