FARGO, N.D — Granger’s Mia Zuniga earned All-American honors to highlight a group of four Yakima Valley wrestlers at the 2022 US Marine Corps Junior Nationals.
Zuniga went 6-2 to finish fifth out of 53 competitors at 100 pounds, capped off by a pin of Avy Perez, who was No. 11 in the latest USA Wrestling high school rankings. That followed Zuniga’s wins over No. 7 Erin Hikiji and No. 20 Madison Avila, who had beaten Zuniga earlier this summer.
She took second at state as a junior in February and earned the No. 14 spot in the latest rankings. Zuniga’s only losses in North Dakota came in the quarterfinals against eventual champion and recent high school graduate, Sterling Dias, as well as to former national champion Rianne Murphy, who took fourth.
Ruby Rios, who will be a senior at Toppenish next season and is ranked No. 20 at 144 pounds, reached the quarterfinals in the 152-pound division. She finished 3-2.
Two more Wildcats, Ruby Clark and Maryann Reyes, competed at 138 pounds. Clark finished 3-2 and Reyes went 1-2.
Local results — 100: Mia Zuniga d. Lilly McCollum 10-0; Zuniga d. Madison Heinzer 8-4; Sterling Dias tf. Zuniga 10-0; Zuniga p. Madison Avila, 2:33; Zuniga tf. Erin Hikiji 14-2; Rianne Murphy tf. Zuniga 10-0; Zuniga p. Avy Perez, 0:25. 138: Ruby Clark p. Yanni Sanchez, 0:41; Keira Dafnis tf. Maryann Reyes 14-5; Amitria McNack p. Clark, 0:32; Reyes tf. Gabriella Schechtman 14-1; Clark p. Julie Sung, 1:59; Madison Byroads d. Reyes 6-5; Clark d. Abby Piper 5-3; Mia Collins tf. Clark, 10-0. 152: Ruby Rios p. Irakoze John, 0:20; Rios tf. Brynn Green 12-4; Rios p. Eduarda Rodrigues, 1:25; Aspen Barber d. Rios 10-7; Johanna Forman p. Rios, 1:27.