TACOMA – Arian Carpio can’t quit thinking about that defeat.
And she credits that fixation for her many victories — including the second consecutive championship she captured Saturday in the state girls wrestling tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Carpio, a Beamer High School junior, pinned her way to the 124-pound crown at Mat Classic XXVI. She won at 112 last year, but it was her defeat in the 106-pound final her freshman year that drives her.
“I think about that every single day that I’m on the mat,” she said. “It really motivates me. Anything can happen out there, and that makes me push even harder.”
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KC Moulden of Enumclaw also became a two-time champ Saturday, defending her title at 235 with a 54-second pin.
“I’m still No. 1 in the state,” the junior said with a smile, adding she hopes to add a third title next season.
Top-ranked Puyallup came up short in its bid to finish No. 1 as Warden was able to repeat with 104.5 points. The Vikings wound up second with 88 points, but got a second consecutive individual title from sophomore Jordyn Bartelson, who successfully defended her crown at 118.
Puyallup’s other two finalists, however, each came up one point short. Junior Haley Franich fell 5-4 to Marizza Birrueta of Grandview at 106, while freshman Brooklyn Bartelson, Jordyn’s sister, lost 2-1 to Jefferson’s Jasmine Pleasants at 112.
Pleasants, also a freshman, has been a terror since losing a tournament opener in Kelso early last month.
“It was an eye opener,” she said. “It made me determined to work harder.”
Pleasants began wrestling when she was 5 and later began going to the Tacoma Dome to watch the state championships.
“I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time,” she said.
• Junior Ryan Gibbons, a 190-pounder from Centralia, collected her third state title and has a chance to become only the second girl to win four. Sheridan McDonald of Kiona-Benton accomplished the feat from 2008-11.
• Danielle Cormier, an Enumclaw senior, reached the title bout at 145 and was in a tight match before getting caught and pinned in the final 35 seconds.
• Joanna Moreira from Liberty of Renton, a junior who won both of her Friday matches to advance to the semifinals at 137, had a tough finish. She was pinned in that semifinal match, then lost twice more (once in triple overtime) to finish fifth.
• It was a long road to podium for Oak Harbor sophomore Amber Cramsey-Behnke. She was pinned in her first match Friday at 235, then fought back with five consecutive victories to land in third place.
• Meadowdale freshman Dee Dee Free also took third at 190, and her route was only slightly shorter. She fell in the quarterfinals Friday and had to win four in a row.
• Lakes senior Kiaya Van Scoyoc had to settle for second place for the second consecutive year, this time at 170, after winning a title as a sophomore.
• Beamer’s Vanessa Dixon came into the season looking for her third state medal after placing second at 145 as a sophomore and third at 137 the year before. But she never made it to the tournament. Dixon, a junior, won the subregional title at 170, then elected not to wrestle at regionals because of a cold sore, according to her coaches.
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