The Liberty Bell girls’ wrestling team was lights-out — pun intended — Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Coyote Classic at Kittitas High School, although no final places were awarded at the tournament.
The event was cut short after a power outage that lasted more than two hours, according to boys’ wrestling coach Jonathan McMillan. The boys’ team participated at Kittitas too, with Cody White winning two and losing one match. Bodie Paul won one match.
Shelby White and Mariah Paz of the girls’ team made quick work of their opponents in Kittitas, coach Jason Newman reported.
“Mariah pinned both Brewster opponents in the first round, and Shelby got first-round pins against opponents from Cle Elum and Kittitas,” he said.
The girls also competed Thursday (Jan. 23) in Tonasket. Shelby White, at 130 pounds, won her two matches, both against Tonasket opponents. Paz lost both of her matches, against two Quincy wrestlers.
The boys’ team is scheduled to wrestle in the Omak Mixer on Wednesday (Jan. 29). The girls may participate as well, but coach Newman couldn’t confirm that as of Monday (Jan. 27). Both girls’ and boys’ teams will compete at the Okanogan Invite on Saturday (Feb. 1).
Barring any late additions to the schedule, the Okanogan tournament will conclude the regular season. The girls will compete in districts, Feb. 7-8 in Wenatchee. The boys have their league meet Feb. 8 in Tonasket.
In the postseason, Paz and Shelby White will compete for berths in the state tournament against girls from all classifications, including the biggest, 4A schools. The boys will match up against wrestlers from other B-level schools on their road to state.
The 32nd Mat Classic will be held Feb. 21-22 in the Tacoma Dome.