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4.0 student at Jackson also a force on the wrestling mat

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Maggie Telford competed in the Mat Classic in Tacoma.

EVERETT — Maggie Telford, a sophomore at Jackson High School, made Timberwolf history earlier this month by becoming the school’s first female wrestler to compete in a state tournament
in nine years.
In only her first season of organized wrestling, Telford placed fourth at the WIAA Girls Regionals at Sedro-Woolley High School, which made her eligible for the Mat Classic State Championship on Feb. 16-17 at the Tacoma Dome.
While she did not advance past the first round of state competition, falling short in both of her matches, she came away proud of this season and motivated for next year.
With a full season under her belt and two years left of eligibility, there is plenty of room for her to grow.
“Maggie put her heart and soul into this season,” said Maggie’s mother Sarah Calvin. “We are extremely proud of how hard she has worked. While she did not get the result she was hoping for (at the Mat Classic) she can’t wait to get back out there and compete.”
While Telford has participated in sports before, this was her first year competing in wrestling. She says that a friend — who competed on the team in past years — convinced her to try out.
“I fell in love with wrestling right away,” said Telford. “My teammates and coaches are like a family to me and I know I couldn’t have done any of this without their help.”
Telford maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking junior-level honors English, AP physics, pre-calculus, second year Spanish and U.S. history, which is typically taken as a junior. She even plays
tuba in band, a testament to how hard she works.
“The only rule in our house is that you do your best,” said Calvin. “Maggie has always been that fearless young lady that jumps right into everything she puts her mind to. She has such relentless drive.”
Her coach, Matt McClinchy, who is in his first season as heach coach for Jackson High School wrestling,
|says he noticed Maggie’s athleticism the first time she came in for an open gym workout.
He realized her potential in the sport after her first match — a close win over an experienced wrestler in the 113 pound weight class (boys) —giving her team the victory over Stanwood High School. The match showed Telford’s tenacity as she spent
most of the match on her back fighting for positioning.
Telford went on to win six matches in a row before her first defeat.
“She’s got it all,” said McClinchy. “She is tough, athletic and has the heart of a lion. Some people have all the intangibles but aren’t comfortable in a fight. When the third round comes along and fatigue sets they are ready to pack it up and go home. Maggie doesn’t stop competing. She fights, fights, fights until the very end.”
McClinchy says that parents from other schools approached him throughout the season raving about Telford’s skill.
His response?
“It’s only her first season,” said McClinchy. “She is just getting started.”
Maggie competed this season on the JHS boys varsity team in the 106 pound weight class and also on a combined girls’ team with Cascade High School in the 100- and 105-pound weight classes. She was one of 16 girls in the 100-pound category to compete for the state title.
Next season she aims for another chance at a state title in her weight class. There are big goals for year two, although she might move up in weight after an offseason of building muscle.
“We have two years left, anything less than a state title is selling herself short,” said McClinchy. “Maggie put in a ton of work this year, it is no accident that she made it so far. She is poised to upset a lot of people.”


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