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Keyes makes history for Warriors | Girls wrestling


Last updated 2/21/2019 at Noon

Vatoria Keyes made history at Mat Classic XXXI.

Keyes became the first Edmonds-Woodway female wrestler to win a medal at the state tournament.

The junior took fourth place in the 235-pound division Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Tacoma Dome.

Keyes lost by fall to Toppenish senior Jaqueline Luna at the 4-minute, 38-second mark in the third/fourth place match.

“It feels amazing,” Keyes said of medaling. “I’m sad I lost the match, but I’m really happy I placed this year.”

Keyes went 1-2 at last year’s state meet and was 0-2 in her first appearance at state two years ago.

“I feel like this is definitely one of my better tournaments,” she said. “I felt a lot more confident. I didn’t place where I wanted to. … I feel like I have a better understanding of how other people in my weight class wrestle. A lot of these girls I wrestled I never wrestled before. I know what I want to do next season going into my senior year.”

Teammate Charlotte Mae Torio advanced to the 145 quarterfinals before losing by fall to Kentwood’s Alexandria Sanford. Torio opened with pins of Burlington-Edison’s Evi Ruyle and Union’s Envee Sakhoeun-Hem.

“She made it to the second day,” Keyes said. “She was super happy. I’m really proud of her. She wrestled amazingly.”

Keyes has plenty of motivation for her senior year.

“I have to work harder next season definitely,” she said. “I need to put a lot more work into my technique.”


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