Athletics: WPHS Girls Wrestling

In a series of recent competitions, the Woodland Park High School (WPHS) girls wrestling team, guided by Coach Dustin Rodriguez, has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the mat.

Their notable accomplishments this season include triumphing over Manitou Springs High School with a commanding score of 46-13, securing an 11th place out of 27 teams at the Pueblo Central Tournament, and emerging victorious in a head-to-head dual against James Irwin High School with a convincing score of 24-6. These achievements set the stage for their stellar performance during their dual against Mesa Ridge High School on December 12, where they defeated the 7th-ranked team in the state for 4A with a remarkable score of 36-30.

Here is a breakdown of the recent events highlighting the WPHS girls wrestling team’s achievements:

Grizzly Invitational at Mesa Ridge HS: The Woodland Park girls wrestling team emerged victorious, claiming 5th overall out of 18 participating teams. The outstanding individual performances were led by Haddy Waak, who secured the coveted 1st place. Additionally, Arial Johns and Cheyenne Becker both clinched 3rd place, while Lindsay Henggeler fought her way to an impressive 4th place finish.

Manitou vs. Woodland Park Dual: WPHS Panthers demonstrated their dominance by defeating Manitou Springs High School with a commanding score of 46-13.

Pueblo Central Tournament: Despite facing tough competition, the team managed to secure the 11th place out of 27 teams. Individual standouts included Lindsay Henggeler and Cheyenne Becker, both finishing 4th in their respective categories.

Woodland Park vs. James Irwin Charter High School: In a head-to-head dual against James Irwin High School, Woodland Park emerged victorious with an impressive score of 24-6.

Dual Against Mesa Ridge High School: Adding another remarkable achievement to their season, Woodland Park faced the #7 ranked girls team in the state, Mesa Ridge, in a dual on December 12. In an outstanding display of resilience and skill, Woodland Park secured a 36-30 victory, even with Mesa Ridge having more forfeits than they did. Coach Dustin Rodriguez expressed his pride in the team’s performance, stating, “Our girls went out and did super awesome against them. I’m very proud of them.”

Here are the individual results from the Mesa Ridge dual: ● Kaylee Bowers: Loss ● Arial Johns: Win/pin ● Vanessa Nguyen: Win/pin ● Kara Wiley: Win/pin ● Alyssa Smith: Loss ● Haddy Waak: Win/forfeit ● Lindsay Henggeler: Win/pin ● Kaelin Wilson: Loss ● Cheyenne Becker: Win/forfeit

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