Lady Lions compete in Heart of Ohio wrestling tournament

MECHANICSBURG — The Washington Lady Lion wrestling team traveled to Mechanicsburg on Sunday, Jan. 15 to take part in the Heart of Ohio tournament.

At the high school level, Alicia Navarette went 4-1 and took third place. According to head coach Wes Gibbs, this is her first time placing in a tournament.

Mariah “Eden” Campbell went 3-2 and placed fourth in the tournament, defeating the No. 8 ranked wrestler at 146 pounds and the No. 18 ranked wrestler at 155 pounds by pin along the way.

Leah Marine went 3-2 and finished in third place. Gibbs expressed that Marine is wrestling very well at this point in the season.

Brooklyn Wade made her tournament debut on Sunday and went 3-3, finishing in seventh place. According to Gibbs, Wade was 30 or more pounds lighter than her competitor in most of her matches but still managed to have a great tournament.

Janessa Ayler finished 0-3 for the tournament, but according to Gibbs she is using her technique well and continuing to improve.

At the junior high level, Abigail Forsythe went 2-1 and finished in second place. Abigail Huff went 3-2 and finished in fifth place, avenging a loss to an opponent that previously defeated her earlier in the season.

Kendall Garrison went 0-2 but wrestled really well according to Gibbs.

Coach Gibbs spoke about the tournament and what lies ahead for the Lady Lions.

“Our girls wrestled really well (Sunday). We started to get the mean streak, utilized our technique and beat up the head a bunch. It’s been a crazy month full of competition against the best girls in the state. We might have a dual on Friday against Archbishop Carroll, depending on their schedule. If not, we have a break and will get some rest the next few weeks before we go hard in the second half of the season.”