Canby wrestler places fifth at Girls North Regional
HILLSBORO— Havlyn Ehrich has already made a name for herself in powerlifting.
But Friday and Saturday at Century High School, Ehrich showed she is becoming a pretty good wrestler, too.
The Canby junior placed fifth in the 140-pound bracket at the OSAA Girls North Regional.
"It's definitely very different than the sport (powerlifting) I'm used to," said Ehrich, a first-year wrestler. "There's a lot of cardio involved in wrestling. It's hard because a lot of wrestling is technique, too. You get somebody in the right move and they're done no matter how strong they are."
But Ehrich's strength has definitely come in handy.
"I've accidentally choked a few girls out," Ehrich said. "I feel bad afterwards. I had to get the pin."
After winning her first match Friday by fall in 36 seconds, Ehrich was then pinned by McLoughlin's Alysia Quigg in the first period, sending the Canby wrestler to the consolation bracket.
Ehrich was able to pin her next opponent in 21 seconds and then win another match by fall in 2:22 to advance to the second day of the tournament.
Ehrich needed only 36 seconds to pin David Douglas' Eh Nay Paw and advance to the consolation semifinals.
"I have a signature cradle move," Ehrich said. "I do a lot of bench press, so it's easy for me to hold them in tight. It's a very good move."
Needing only more win to qualify for the state tournament, Ehrich was quickly pinned by Putnam's Cheyenne MacKenzie in the consolation semifinals.
"I couldn't go to state anyway, so I'd rather give it to someone who could," Ehrich said after the match. "It's the day before powerlifting state, and I knew how excited she was to have that chance to go."
In her final match, Ehrich avenged her earlier loss to Quigg, pinning the McLoughlin in 44 seconds to place fifth in her first trip the regional tournament.
Ehrich was not the only local wrestler on the verge of qualifying for state.
Canby sophomore Yared Calderon (190) and Molalla sophomore Haley Hewlett (125) both reached the consolation semifinals as well.
After earning a 37-second pin in her first match Saturday, Calderon quickly put Warrenton senior Jade Vollner on her back in the consolation semifinals, earning five points on a takedown and near fall.
However, Vollner regrouped to pin Calderdon early in the second period.
Hewlett needed even less time to reach the consolation semifinals, pinning Clatskanie's Joss Pember in 23 seconds.
But the Molalla sophomore then lost to Milwaukie's Jaden South 11-3 in the consolation semifinals.
Hewlett and Calderon both finished sixth in their respective weight classes.
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