LAKEWOOD – Clover Park High School (CPHS) senior Lourdes Faletagoai earned the 2016 girl’s wrestling state champion title in the 235 pound category after competing at the WIAA Winter State Championships at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 19-20. Lourdes is the first girl state champion in CPHS history and the first state wrestling champion at the school since 1987. She had a record of 26-0 this season.
“Lourdes has incredible drive and determination to be the best even though she’s only been wrestling for three years,” said CPHS head wrestling coach, Ira Jarmon. “She’s a total team player and very coachable. She knew that if she worked hard, she could be the state champion.”
Even though Lourdes placed third in state last year in the 190 pound category, she knew she could do more. Over the summer, she participated in Mixed Martial Arts, jiu-jitsu and boot camps to condition her body. She also prepared herself mentally to believe she could be a state champion.
“Where the mind goes, the body follows,” said Lourdes. “My coaches, family and friends always told me to do my best and never settle.”
Lourdes is part of a military family and considered joining the military after high school. However, she’s now been offered several scholarships to wrestle.
“This has really opened the door for opportunities for me. I’m even considering competing for a future Olympic Games. There are no limitations.”