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Wahluke’s Gonzalez heads to state tournament

Herald Sports Staff | February 15, 2024 1:00 AM

MATTAWA — Wahluke senior Mariangela Gonzalez is heading to the 2024 Mat Classic after placing third in the 145-pound class of Saturday’s 2A/1A/B Region 4 tournament in Quincy.

Gonzalez, who has amassed a 22-8 record this year according to TrackWrestling, opened the tournament with a second-round pin over Tonasket’s Milana Pilkinton before falling to Ephrata senior Kadie McMullen in the 145-pound semifinals. 

The senior then defeated Mansfield’s Lily Reed with a first-round pin, setting up a third/fourth-place match against Omak’s Leandra Agee with a chance to advance to the state tournament on the line; Gonzalez defeated Agee with a first-round pin to take third in the tournament.

Wahluke will send senior Angela Santiago as an alternate in the 2A/1A/B 140-pound class; Santiago took fourth in her bracket at Saturday’s regional in Quincy.