Blaine freshman Genesis Vazquez is headed to the Tacoma Dome for the girls wrestling State Championships after a big day at regionals on February 15 at Sedro-Woolley High School.
Vazquez, wrestling at 110 pounds, started regionals by beating the top seed from the southern sub-region – Mariana Zhong of Newport – by a 7–3 decision. She lost her second match by pin and won her third by pin.
In the third-place match, Vazquez wrestled Shanoah Shanes from Sedro-Woolley, who she also wrestled the week before at sub-regionals. Though she lost, Vazquez wrestled her better than the week before, said Blaine head coach Damon Higgins.
“I’m very impressed with Genesis and her work ethic and desire to win,” Higgins said in an email. “Coming off the mat after losing to Shanes she was frustrated with the loss. She felt, and I do too, she could have wrestled longer and possibly beat Shanes for third. I was very impressed with her analyzing the match right away instead of celebrating instantly the fact that she was going to state.”
Vazquez and the five Blaine boys wrestlers who qualified will wrestle on February 21 and 22 at the State Championships.