Prep Wrestling: Pierson, Sayer win brackets at first tourney

Kiara Pierson didn’t miss a beat in her first tournament back in action last weekend.

The Sequim senior won the 140-pound bracket at Emerald Ridge High School’s girls kick-off tournament on Dec. 2 in Puyallup.

Pierson swept her weight class with pins in her first official action since placing third in 120 pounds at last year’s state MatClassic 2A tournament.

She opened her matches with a 1:40 pin over Selena Garza of Curtis followed by a 51-second pin over Clarisa Calderon of Sunnyside in 51 seconds. In the finals, she pinned Sophia Leer of Kent-Meridian in 3:20.

Pierson helped the Wolves place 22nd out of 30 teams with 35 points. Port Townsend finished 21st with 36 points and Olympic finished seventh with 55 points.

In the 125-pound B bracket, Wolves’ freshman Amara Sayer won bracket as well with all pins too.

She started with a pin over Brenda Albrran of Moses Lake in 1:01, followed with a 50-second pin of Haylee Bryson of Sedro Woolley. Sayer finished her third match against Kent-Meridian’s Aurora Valdez with a pin in 1:52, and won the finals against Iyazely Barraza of Othello with a pin in 4:34.

Fellow freshman Emily Dodson rebounded in the 125 B bracket to tie for fifth with two pins of her own. After an opening loss, Dodson pinned Ana Pena of Thomas Hefferson in 2:13 and Brenda Albrran of Moses Lake in 42 seconds in the consolation bracket.

Two more Wolves won matches on the day with Kaydence Hillard, 115 pounds, going 1-2 win a 14-10 win over Paolo Ramos of Grandview, and Megan Puksta, 125 pounds, pinning Katia Hernandez of Grandview in 40 seconds.

Other Sequim wrestlers at the tournament included Alexi Rampp-Taft, 125, Aleah Chen, 155, and Madison Uranga, 235.

Results for the boys’ tournament at the White River Classic were unavailable for press time.

This week, Sequim hosted Bremerton for its first dual meet on Tuesday, and the boys travel to Blaine’s Battle at the Border on Friday and Saturday, while the girls go to Fife’s Judy Emry Invite on Saturday.

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