Blaine girls get confidence boost at Vegas wrestling tournament


Both Blaine wrestling teams traveled to the Las Vegas Invitational on December 21–22, but due to girls wrestling being more popular in Washington state than in the southwest, competition on the girls side of the arena wasn’t as tough as the boys side, coaches said.

Even so, 78 girls competed and Blaine wrestlers got a chance to hit the mat against wrestlers from all over the western U.S. Three of four Blaine wrestlers who made the trip placed in the top five. Josy Delgadillo took second place at 126 pounds, Kylaya Armstrong took third at 120 and Abigail Higgins placed fifth at 152 pounds.

“I think our ladies walked away feeling more confident about their wrestling skills and their team,” said head coach Damon Higgins. “Their growth is exponential. Their dedication in the wrestling room. They’re suffering right alongside the boys and working just as hard. They’re amazing.”

Woolley Woman’s Tournament

After Vegas, the girls competed at the Woolley Woman’s Tournament on December 29 at Sedro-Woolley High School. Delgadillo was once again Blaine’s top finisher at second place and Armstrong wrestled to fifth place.

The girls wrestle next at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Scramble at Marysville Pilchuck High School.


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