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Benavidez tops Spangle event

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Brittney Benavidez

Grangeville’s Brittney Benavidez went unbeaten at the first annual all-girls wrestling meet in Spangle, Wash., last weekend and she figures competing alongside the boys at GHS helped her get the advantage in that competition.

“Wrestling girls is a little easier than wrestling guys, considering I go in with a better mental state — I feel like I have an upper hand wrestling the Washington girls considering I work with a lot of good guys and one good girl here,” she said. “They don’t get what I get when I wrestle guys.”

She said it was a small tournament, but there were “a lot of girls there that know what they are doing.”

“But I was faster,” she said. “I had more speed and more knowledge. And I have more muscle than them.”

For training, the squad took a five-mile run last Monday night, Dec. 11, and “we work on basic moves to where it’s in your head what to do in the match.”

The other girl on the GHS squad is first-time wrestler Gianna Skovajsa.

“I think she has a good start and I think she’s going to go far,” Benavidez said. “Six of us went to Potlatch and three of us went to finals, so I think we’re pretty good for a small team.”

Benavidez will be competing against other girls again when the team returns to action Dec. 29 at Pomeroy. She competes in the 138 and 145 weight classes, and she said most of the top girl wrestlers aren’t in that range.

“They’re 132 or 170,” she said. “ I’m very confident. I was first there last year, and I’m going to train hard and have the better mental state.”

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