Gig Harbor High School wrestler earns spot on national podium

May 14, 2014 

Gig Harbor High School sophomore Elizabeth Schwendeman recently placed sixth in a national folkstyle wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City. There were 19 participants from all over the country. Schwendeman got off to a hot start in the 115-pound division.

“I didn’t really have any easy matches,” Schwendeman said. “They were all tough girls; it was a battle from the beginning. I won my first three matches.”

Unfortunately, she lost her next two matches, including an injury default in her last match due to an elbow sprain. But with her 3-2 record, she earned a spot on the podium.

“Getting on that podium and seeing all the cameras looking at me, it was awesome,” Schwendeman said.

Schwendeman battled injuries last season that prevented her from placing in state for the Tides, but she’s already looking forward to her junior year with optimism and high goals.

“I didn’t place this year in state, but hopefully next year I’ll get in the top three, top four in state,” she said. “That’d be really cool. I got eighth my freshman year. It was a disappointment not being able to place, because I was injured. But it’s alright, next year, it’ll be fun.”

Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 Twitter: @gateway_jon

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