The Stanwood girls wrestling team is making strides under first-year coach Todd Freeman.
“We have 10 girls on the team, which isn’t a bad number,” he said. “It’s a young team, with only one senior, but we’ve placed in the top four in every tournament so far, even though I can only fill about eight weight classes. I think if the girls wrestle to their potential, they’ll do a very good job at districts and regionals, and at state we could outscore a few teams that have beaten us because we’re more quality than quantity.”
Freeman said he believes four of his grapplers can qualify for Mat Classic — junior Chanel Siva (235 pounds), a transfer from Mount Vernon who qualified for the state meet last year; sophomore Alisha Van Scoy (130); junior Lindsey Crawford (145); and junior Hannah Pettersen (105).
“Chanel wrestled for Team Washington last summer. She’s a good thrower, and she’s got a low center of balance — it’s hard to move her,” Freeman said. “Alisha came here from South Dakota, where she had to wrestle against boys. She’s brought extra grit to our team. Lindsey has the skills, and she’s strong, but she’s battled a lack of confidence, and now that’s starting to come around. And Hannah is fabulous. She’s got a natural feel for balance, and is good at reversing people.”