Prep Spotlight: Vasquez brings girls wrestling success to La Plata County

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Prep Spotlight: Vasquez brings girls wrestling success to La Plata County

Durango High junior eager to grow girls wrestling after her 2nd-place state finish
Durango High School wrestler Samantha Vasquez is fresh off a second-place finish at the girls state tournament. Next year, CHSAA will have a sanctioned girls state tournament at the Pepsi Center.
Durango High School’s Samantha Vasquez celebrates a win at the Colorado Girls High School Region 3 semifinal match at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.

Prep Spotlight: Vasquez brings girls wrestling success to La Plata County

Durango High School wrestler Samantha Vasquez is fresh off a second-place finish at the girls state tournament. Next year, CHSAA will have a sanctioned girls state tournament at the Pepsi Center.
Durango High School’s Samantha Vasquez celebrates a win at the Colorado Girls High School Region 3 semifinal match at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.
Behind the scenes

Do you have a nickname?: I go by Sammy.

What’s your favorite post-match meal?: I love chicken nuggets. I’d get barbeque or ranch dipping sauce.

What’s your favorite animal?: Dogs, for sure. I have had a lot and they’ve always been around us.

What’s your favorite wrestling memory?: Wrestling Princess Altisi of Aztec. We’ve had some good competition back and forth. She beat me the first time, but I beat her the second time. It was really good to wrestle someone who was that passionate and motivated.

What’s your dream car?: A 2500 Dodge Ram. The colors would be pink and black. That would look really cool.

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?: Either Hawaii, Yellowstone or Angel Falls.

What teacher has had the biggest impact on you?: Eric Jackson. He’s a science teacher I had for AVID, which preps you for college. He helped me prepare for high school.

What are your plans after graduating from high school?: I want to go into either auto or diesel mechanics. I’ve helped my dad with a couple things on our cars, and it’s been interesting to work on stuff like that. I’m a very hands-on person, and have loved seeing how they run. I’ve also helped a couple of my friends with stuff, too.

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