Kamiakin Wrestling and Gymnastics Finish Strong at State

Grace Giger

Guillermo Ramirez stands on the podium for his second place finish in the state wrestling tournament

The Kamiakin boys and girls wrestling and girls gymnastics teams competed at state this past week, and both teams did very well. Wrestling competed February 22 and 23 at the Tacoma dome, and they had several athletes place at state. Gymnastics were in Bellevue for the state tournament, and they finished 3rd overall.

For wrestling, Kamiakin’s Guillermo Ramirez, a senior, finished 2nd at state, and came very close to finishing first. Juniors Gibby Marquez and Payton Smith also wrestled extremely well to represent Kamiakin. The girls wrestling also were very successful, with Senior Aliyah Draisey finishing 8th overall, making her the first Kamiakin girl wrestler to place at state. Senior Brenda Rios  wrestled great, and finished her high school career as a three time state participant.

The gymnastics team fought hard to place first in our conference, beating out Southridge, and then went on to get third at the state tournament. Senior Amaya Gales was phenomenal, finishing 2nd in the all around event, 4th in bars, 6th in the floor exercise, and 14th in beam. Junior Rachel Harper also did very well tying for 7th in vault, and Junior Sophia Collins finished 23rd on bars.

Overall, the wrestling and Gymnastics teams did great, and made Kamiakin proud at state. Both teams finished strong, and are ready to improve and compete again next year.