Sparkman wins Alabama, two states in Texas, Georgia and Utah, No. 8 Marina wins Ayala Invite (CA)

Katey Valdez (Colorado) is competing in Fargo in 2022.
Katey Valdez of Doherty High School (CO) is competing in Fargo in 2022. Valdez became the first two-time girls’ champion at the Colorado Springs Metro Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers are warriors.

Throughout the remainder of the school season, we’ll be reviewing some of the biggest events and activities of the high school girls’ wrestling season across the country. Hopefully, as more information is shared, we will help promote and grow girls’ high school wrestling.

Sparkman beats No. 20 Daphne to win Alabama States; Eight champions end the year undefeated

Sparkman scored 191 points and finished 11 points ahead of No. 20 Daphne to win the girls state championships in Alabama. Sparkman was led by champions Akerah Artis (145) and Reagan Grant (152) and third-place finisher Aliza Wix-Amaya (235). State champions for Daphne were Alanah Girard (100) and Kalyse Hill (132), as well as a second and two third place finishers. Sparkman showed more depth and scored more points from his teammates who didn’t place in the top four.

National No. 24 Enterprise’s Evelyn Holmes-Smith won the 120lb title and went undefeated. Eight of the singles champions were undefeated: Holmes-Smith, Hill, Artis plus Wetumpka’s Juliana Eldridge (107), Weaver’s Lena Johnson (138), Enterprise’s Mackenzie Schultz (165), Pinson Valley’s Aniyah Griffin (185) and Tamara Reed from Baldwin County (235).

The Texas THSWCA Duals shake the rankings with Dumas winning the 5A title and Euless Trinity claiming the 6A honors

Texas has great depth in its high school girls’ wrestling program, which was evident in the results of the THSWCA Girls Duals, held in North Richmond Hills. At the start of the event, there were two nationally ranked teams that were also ranked No. 1 in the state by Wrestling Texas in their division: National No. 4 Allen in 6A and National No. 16 Azle in 5A. Neither advanced to the state dual-meeting finals.

Dumas, who was No. 2 in the state 5A rankings, won the 5A doubles rankings and dominated Richmond Foster 54-14 in the championship doubles. Dumas won 10 fights against Richmond Foster, including eight by pin. En route to the final, Dumas beat Lubbock 54-14 and Azle 48-21.

Euless Trinity, No. 3 in the state 5A rankings, defeated Southlake Carroll 48-24 in the doubles final. Euless Trinity is led by national No. 19 Jatoia Coats, who scored four falls in the final against Southlake Carroll. Euless Trinity defeated Richardson 60-12, Allen 48-24 and Prosper Rock Hill 54-18 to advance to the finals.

Carolton won the first Georgia Girls State Duals with a finals win over Jordan

Georgia hosted its first official Girls State Duals at Buford High School this past weekend. In the championship doubles match, Carrollton defeated Jordan 48-36. Every match in the Finals dual meeting ended in a fall. Carrollton had eight falls while Jordan had five falls and a loss. Greenbrier finished third, defeating Chestatee 48-36. One of the closest duels came in the semifinals when Carrollton defeated Chestatee 41-40. Carrollton scored six falls and one technical fall, with the final fall of 155lb Amazing Ackey securing Carrollton the semifinals win. Eight teams made the “Elite Eight” for these state dual-meet championships through qualifying events the week before. Georgia also held its state duals for boys that same weekend.

No. 3 Westlake wins the Utah Girls State Duals, defeating Uintah in the finals 42-42 in a tiebreak

National No. 3 Westlake was pushed to the limit in the finals of the Utah Girls Dual State Championships, played on their home mats in Saratoga Springs. The last duel against Uintah ended in a 42:42 draw, which went to Westlake via a tiebreaker. Uintah won five of the first six matches in Finals duals, but Westlake hit back. Pins in the last two weight classes from O’dessa Laititi (190) and national No. 12 Keilikki Nau Rarick (235) ended the match. In that 12-team tournament, Juab placed third, defeating Northridge 48-35 in the final.

Marina #8 wins the Ayala Girls Invitational in California, SLAM Academy #5 takes second

A massive 80-team girls’ tournament, the Ayala Invitational in Chino Hills, California, featured many strong teams and individuals. National No. 8 Marina, the defending California state champion, won the tournament with 196 points, just three points ahead of SLAM Academy’s national No. 5. Third place went to San Dimas High School. Marina was led by national singles champions No. 7 Carissa Qureshi (126), No. 9 Saiheron Preciado-Meza (189) and Destiny Marquez (235). SLAM Academy winners were Noelani Lutz (106) and national No. 7 Emma Albanese (111). San Dimas champions were Juliana Marquez (160) and national No. 18 Kaley Rice (170).

At 111, No.7 Emma Albanese defeated No.19 BK Martinez of Ayala 4-0 at 111. Joining Albanese, Qureshi, Rice and Preciado-Meza was No.11 Alejandra Valdiviezo of Poway (121). Due to some circumstances, the tournament featured only gold medal championship games and no other medal games, resulting in two third-place finishes, two fifth-place finishes, and two seventh-place finishes.

#2 Toppenish wins Lady Huskie Invite (WA), 11 nationally ranked wrestlers win titles

National No. 2 Toppenish (WA) won the sturdy Lady Huskie Invitational in Othello, beating host Othello by an impressive 139.5 points. Three nationally ranked Toppenish stars became champions, No.9 Mia Zuniga (100), No.17 Sophia Torrez (105) and No.9 Ruby Rodriguez-Rios (155). An impressive 11 champions at Othello are nationally ranked including #23 Alexxus Ramos by Sunnyside (110), #10 Skyla Zimmerman by Moscow-ID (120), #20 Karianne Baldwin by Glacier Peak (125), #15 Alanna Haney of Chiawana (140), #14 Alondra Morales of Royal (145), #17 Emma Villa of Royal (155), #12 Isabella Phillips of Bellingham (190), and #26 Faith Tarrant of Prairie (235) . ). Two of the finals had both athletes with national rankings. Ramos defeated No. 26 Marjorie McDaniel of Orting by falling in 3:57. Phillips defeated No. 27 Makayla Torres of Toppenish by Fall in 5:44.

Discovery Canyon wins Colorado Springs Metro (CO) for first two repeat champions in event history

In 2001, as a service to the local wrestling community, the USA Wrestling national staff established the Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships, to which all high school boys teams from the city and the surrounding Pikes Peak area were invited. A girls’ division was added in 2022, won by host Doherty High School. This year, a bigger event saw the first pair of two-time COS Metro champions, Katey Valdez (100) and Naomi Kidd (125) from Doherty, ranked No. 8 nationally. Discovery Canyon won the teams title, led by National Champion #20 Victoria Guinard (155), plus Mia Thorne (110) and Adrianna Lopez (130). Runner-up Vista Ridge winners were Kaydence Bonewell (140) and Alison Evans (170).