Mariner, Kamiak showcase girls wrestling teams

Both programs showing significant improvement since start of the season
By David Pan | Dec 26, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Rowan Fraser and Mariner’s Alondra Gonzalez (right) face off in a 145-pound match.

Mariner High School hosted its first-ever girls wrestling scramble and it was the perfect time for the Marauders and district rival Kamiak to showcase their up-and-coming programs.

For Mariner coach Zach Skurlock, the objective was simply to let people know that the school has a new girls wrestling program.

“My No. 1 goal is to just get it out there that there actually is a girls program,” he said. “I think a lot of people didn’t really know that there is a girls team. … Next year I want a full team. I want to coach more than five or six girls. I want a whole lineup.”

The Marauders currently have five girls out for the team with another getting her paperwork in order. All but one are either freshmen or sophomores and are new to the sport.

Not surprising Mariner didn’t register any victories in its first dual meet. But since then the Marauders have made significant progress.

“Every match we’re getting at least one win,” Skurlock said. “They’re consistently getting better. They’re having fun. … It’s very humbling to see a group of girls come up as a family, support themselves, support each other and do the right things on the mat and off the mat as well.”

Mariner’s Valencia Simbolon won two matches in the 135-pound B division and Brenda Martinez also wrestled well in the 155A division.

“I think overall as a team we’re getting better with our technique,” Skulock said. “The improvement from the beginning of the season until now is just outstanding.”

Kamiak’s Solana Ordonez (100) and Rowan Fraser (145) both went undefeated in their respective weight classes.

“Solana has been an early standout,” Knights coach John Baldwin said. “Rowan is starting to make a mark.”

Nine wrestlers are out for Kamiak, which also has had success at some recent tournaments.

Hee-Soo Suh advanced to the finals of the 130B division at the Lynden Pride of the Lady Lions tournament. She ended up placing second. Ordonez finished third at 100.

Junior Diana Cantini, a state placer at 100, finished second at 105 at the Yelm jump on in tournament. Cantini missed Wednesday’s scramble because she was on vacation with her family.

“Diana’s has been doing what we expected,” Baldwin said.

Both Kamiak and Mariner are scheduled to wrap up 2018 at the Woolley Women’s tournament at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at Sedro-Woolley High School.

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