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Pottstown’s Figueroa medals at Pa. Girls Wrestling Championships

Pottstown sophomore Julianna Figueroa, center, poses with her state medal alongside, from left, assistant coach John Armato, her mother, JoAnna Figueroa, Pottstown head coach Nick Wade, and assistant Rod Massengill at the Pa. Girls Wrestling Championships Sunday in Gettysburg. (Pottstown athletics)

Sophomore Julianna Figueroa became Pottstown’s first medalist at the Pa. Girls Wrestling Championships Sunday in Gettysburg.

Figueroa made a run to the finals at 122 pounds but ran into five-time national champion Vayle Baker in the championship. Figueroa settled for silver, taking a pin in 3:52 from the highly-touted 18-year-old from Wyoming Seminary.

Figueroa, one of three Trojan competitors in the tournament, reached the final pairing with a 12-0 major decision of Hatboro-Horsham’s Alanna Barberio and 11-5 decision of South Side’s Jane Turek in semifinals.

“It was a great experience,” Figueroa said. “I was more confident because I know I have the background of wrestling a guy … everyone was with me, a little bit ahead of me, or a little bit behind me – we were all around the same (skill level) so it helped knowing we’re all going through the same stuff.”

Figueroa, who was 11-9 during the high school season, was making her first appearance at the Pa. girls championships, which is currently an independent tournament since girls wrestling in not currently a PIAA-sanctioned sport.

“I was excited because it was a spot where I could actually place, do good and show people what I can do,” Figueroa said. “I felt like I performed the best I have so far. A lot of my execution was much better.”

Boyertown’s Samantha Reitnour went 2-2 at 108 pounds. After an opening-round bye, the junior lost 2-1 to Fort LeBouef’s Andie Przybycien. She won a pair of consolation matches – 5-2 over Chambersburg’s April Rump and 3-1 sudden victory over North Allegheny’s Massima Curry – before another one-point loss ended her run, this time a 3-2 defeat to Grace Gundrum of Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club Team Athena.

Pottstown sophomore Zoe Earle went 1-2 at 108 pounds. She dropped her opening match, but pinned Valley’s Jeniah Allen in 3:57 in the opening round of consolations. Big Springs’ Abi Sweger ended Earle’s run via first-period fall in the next round.

Pottstown freshman Mia Bumbarger also competed in the tournament. She went 0-2 at 140 pounds.

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