106-pounder sets her sights on another shot at championship

TACOMA — Arian Carpio pictures herself as a state wrestling champion.

And any time she needs motivation, all she has to do is glance at the photo of Winlock’s Rachel Archer beating her in the 106-pound championship last year.

“I look at that picture of me losing every single day,” Carpio said.

And the Beamer sophomore hasn’t lost since. She won twice Friday at Mat Classic XXV to advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive year — although she clearly wasn’t happy with her 9-0 decision in the second round.

“My goal is to go all falls,” Carpio said.

She said she has worked a lot harder this year, blaming a lack of preparation for the 4-2 defeat in the title match last year.

“I did my best in that match, but I didn’t do my best in the practice room,” she said.

She’s been wrestling nonstop ever since and hopes the extra work pays off with a championship. Last season was doubly disappointing as older brother Ares, then a senior, placed a disappointing fourth after taking third the year before.

“We haven’t left the Dome happy in two years,” Carpio said.

Sophomore teammate Vanessa Dixon also remained unbeaten to advance to the semis at 145.

Notes

• Senior Cassidy Meyers of Kentwood, who won at 118 last season, lost 8-0 in the 124-pound quarterfinals to Grandview freshman Desiree Zavala. But she responded with a 27-second pin in the consolation round to assure herself of a medal and become the school’s first female four-time placer.

• Federal Way has a pair of semifinalists in seniors Bianca Arizpe (118) and Luaipou Lolog (155).

• Lakes junior Kiaya Van Scoyoc, the defending champion at 155, pinned both opponents.

Taylor Lee of Kentridge cracked the semis at 112 after placing third at regionals.

• Sedro-Woolley’s reign as team champion will end at four. The Cubs scored just nine points Friday. Warden leads with 62.5, followed by Mount Baker (54), Kelso (43.5) and Puyallup (30).