HOOD RIVER — The Warrenton girls wrestling team tuned up for this week’s state tournament by taking part Saturday at the Lady Elks Invitational in Hood River.
And the Warriors will have high hopes at state following another successful meet, as Warrenton placed sixth out of 26 teams.
Wrestling powerhouses Thurston (196 points) and Hood River Valley (155.5) finished first and second, respectively, followed by Century (115), Columbia White Salmon (110), Bend (87) and Warrenton (86).
“We gained valuable experience and stood toe to toe with some of the better wrestlers in the state,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant.
Highlights for the Lady Warriors included a third-place finish (out of 21 wrestlers) for Alma Bolanos in the 129-pound bracket.
Bolanos capped her day with a pin (2:39) over Century’s Nawal Maysi in the third-place match.
After a first-round bye, Bolanos scored falls over wrestlers from Century and Scappoose, before a loss to Hood River’s Lexie McCafferty.
“Alma never quits, she tires people out and frequently pins girls when she is behind in the match,” Conant said.
Teammate Anna Schenbeck placed eighth in the same bracket.
Warrenton junior Sahanna Rodriguez took fifth at 104. Sophomore Isabella Carr did not place at 139, but was leading the eventual champion (Hood River’s Elena Kroll) until the final seconds of the third round.
At 184, junior Libby Rehnert took third and sophomore Dom Verley finished fifth.
At 224, sophomore Jade Freniere finished third, pinning Aryah Nelson of Columbia White Salmon in 1:11 in the consolation final. Ruby Dyer was second out of two wrestlers at 285.
“We pinned a lot of wrestlers and finished one point out of the top five,” Conant said. “The schools that finished above us have four to five times as many students as we do, but the girls that we bring out have done a phenomenal job all season. It’s on to state next weekend and we look forward to seeing how high this team can finish.”
The state competition will take place at Thurston High School in Springfield.
Team scores (top 10): Thurston 196, Hood River 155.5, Century 115, Columbia White Salmon 110, Bend 87, Warrenton 86, Columbia Burbank 53, Liberty 47, Lincoln 37, Scappoose 30.