Benton City - Colville tribal member Alazaye Romero earned two first round pins at a mix-and-match wrestling meet at the Kiona-Benton High School Tuesday wrestling as a freshman in the packed 100-pound girls bracket that currently sees four state-medalists returning.
But despite the competition, Romero remains undaunted, stating her goal is to reach the top of the Tacoma Dome podium at Mat Classic XXX that will be held Feb. 15-16.
Coach Tony Nunez agrees, “I think she is doing amazing, as a freshman, with no seeding. The region she is in has the state champ, the runner-up and the third placer and [Romero and teammate Isabella Morales] are coming in and beating them. The only one they haven’t beat yet was the state champ. They’re doing amazing as freshman.”
Romero is currently ranked eighth by washingtonwrestlingreport.com, and Morales is ranked second.
In her first match this evening, Romero quickly took her opponent down with a low single. She turned that opponent with a butcher and received a quick first round pin.
In her second match this evening, Romero was caught in a scramble and found herself on her back. After giving up a takedown and three point near fall, Romero scored a reversal, then turned her opponent with a short cradle. She would pin her opponent in an arm bar in the first round.
Romero’s older brother, Kyler Romero, earned goal at Mat Classic XXIX in the 126-pound bracket, and will look to return to state this year in the 138-pound bracket.
As a team, Toppenish men placed third in 2018 after placing first in 2017 and 2016. In their first year, Toppenish women are currently ranked fifth.