SPRINGFIELD — The Warrenton girls wrestling team took a trip to Springfield last Friday and Saturday, to compete in the Oregon Girls Wrestling State Championships at Thurston High School.
And out of the 91 teams with wrestlers competing, Warrenton tied Sweet Home for 10th in the team standings. Host Thurston won the team title, ahead of Century and Hood River Valley.
A total of 277 girls were registered, and due to large bracket sizes, the first day of competition went past 10 p.m.
Sophomore Jade Freniere became Warrenton’s first female placer at state, as she took fourth place in the 220-pound weight bracket. As a result, she qualified for a trip to Portland to compete at Memorial Coliseum in the upcoming OSAA state championships.
“We are so proud of Jade,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant. “She is really light for the weight class and had to wrestle back to earn true fourth. She is such a tough kid and has come a long way as a wrestler.”
The Warriors did not have any other placers, but used their depth to score points.
Warrenton junior Sahanna Rodriguez fought off a 7-0 deficit to win 11-10 in the final seconds of her consolation match at 100 pounds.
At 125, junior Anna Schenbeck bounced back from a loss with a pin in her consolation match.
Warrenton’s other wrestler at 125, senior Alma Bolanos, won two championship bracket matches before heart-breaking losses in the quarterfinals and the consolation round knocked her from the tournament.
Warrior sophomore Isabella Carr was 2-2 at 135, scoring two falls to help with team points.
At 160, Warrenton junior Noel O’Bryan suffered a first round loss, then bounced back with three straight falls. She was one round from placing before a tough loss in consolation Round 5.
Elsewhere, Dom Verley and Libby Rehnert both went 1-2, each contributing bonus fall points at 180.
“Getting knocked from the championship bracket meant a long trip through the consolation side, which is one of the toughest things to do in wrestling,” Conant said. “Our girls were true consolation warriors and scrapped for points wherever they could score them.”
There were nearly 45 wrestlers in each bracket at 125 and 135, “which is great for girls wrestling in Oregon, but makes for a tough-as-nails tournament,” he said.
“This year’s state team was the biggest Warrenton has ever had, and has set the bar for next year,” Conant said. “The girls should feel proud of themselves and their accomplishments.”