Sophomore Cantini takes 2nd at Lady Knights Invitational | Wrestling

25 schools attend Kamiak’s first-ever girls tournanment
By David Pan | Jan 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Diana Cantini has the advantage on Mount Rainier’s Ashlee Moran during a 105-pound match at the Lady Knights Invitational.

Kamiak’s Diana Cantini took second place in the 105-pound division at the inaugural Lady Knights Invitational.

Cantini was pinned by Othello’s Emily Mendez at the 3-minute, 38-second mark in the finals Saturday, Jan. 27, at Kamiak High School.

Mendez finished sixth at last year’s state girls wrestling championships.

“I wish I could have done better,” said Cantini, who went 1-2 in the 100 division at last year’s state meet. “I didn’t finish my shots as well today.”

The Kamiak sophomore, who is 30-7 in varsity matches, defeated Mount Rainier’s Ashley Moran 18-2 in the quarterfinals and then won an 8-2 decision over Redmond’s Shannon Curran in the semifinals. Catini had a first round bye.

“She did well,” Kamiak coach Bryan Stelling said.

Up next for Cantini is the Sub Regional meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, at Bellingham High School.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Cantini said of the postseason. “I really want to place in state. That’s my goal.”

The key to her success, Cantini said, is to be confident and to keep up her mental state.

Kamiak’s Ally de la Cruz, the defending 155-pound state champion, missed Saturday’s tournament due to an injury suffered earlier in the week.

Among the top local finishers was Glacier Peak’s Kiley Hubby, who took first place in the 155 division. Hubby recorded her third pin of the tournament over Yelm’s Dasha Burnett in 1:19. She pinned each of her two other opponents in less than two minutes.

Also winning titles were Snohomish’s Joessie Gonzales at 130 and Everett’s Maggie Kermoade at 145.

Othello edged Yelm 157 to 155 to win the team championship. Federal Way finished a close third with 154 points and Everett was fourth with 100.

Twenty-five teams participated in the tournament and there would have been more except that seven squads cancelled at the last moment, Stelling said.

“It went really smooth,” the Kamiak coach said. “It was a good competition. I hope we can do it again next year.”


MARINER PLACES WELL AT KING OF HILLS: Mariner’s Levi Weaver took first place in the 182-pound division at the King of the Hills wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 20, at Tumwater High School. Five other Marauders also placed at the tournament – Joshua Giron (second at 160), Joseph Adee (third at 138), RJ Fry (third at 145), Jose Parra (fifth at 200) and Jody Notoa (fifth at 295).

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