Numbers up for Warrior girls | Wrestling

By David Pan | Dec 21, 2017

The Edmonds-Woodway girls wrestling team has more than doubled in numbers since its debut last year.

Coach Terry Ray attributes much of that growth to the enthusiasm of last year’s team members. The current roster includes 17 wrestlers with 10 of them first-year participants.

“I think the significant jump is due to the girls themselves,” said Ray, a longtime assistant with the boys program.

Just as significant as the overall numbers is that since the start of practices in mid-November, turnout has been steady.

“It’s been solid from the start,” Ray said.

The Warriors’ top returner is sophomore Vatoria Keyes, who advanced to the state tournament in the 235-pound division.

“She’s wrestled in middle school as an eighth grader,” Ray said. “She wrestled two matches at state.”

Keyes and two other Warriors had strong showings at the Pride of the Lady Lions tournament Saturday, Dec. 16, at Lynden High School.

Keyes finished third overall at 235. Emily Hood placed fifth at 100 and Isatou Jatta also took fifth at 170. The Warriors took 13 wrestlers to the tournament.

“All wrestled very well,” Ray said. “All of the girls won at least one match except for two.”

Thirty-three teams participated in the tournament.

Other standouts include junior Charlotte Torio, a 135-140-pounder, who has been wrestling since the seventh grade.

“She has got some real potential,” Ray said. “She’s put in a lot of work.”

Two others Ray said to watch out for are Sarah Hood, the older sister of Emily, who wrestles at 105, and sophomore Charlize Weiss, a 115-pounder.

“Everybody’s wrestling has really improved over the last two weeks,” Ray said. “Things are just starting to click. It’s an exciting year. It’s an exciting thing for the Wesco schools to actually be supporting girls wrestling.”

Edmonds-Woodway will face Everett in a dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Everett High School. The Seagulls have one of the largest teams in the area with 25 individuals.

“They have a lot more experience,” Ray said. “We still line up reasonably well.”

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