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St. Helens wins the district meet, but Hilhi and Forest Grove were close behind.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Glencoe junior Yamilet Claudio Marquez  wrestles with Hillsboro sophomore Demaris Renderas Ruiz during the Liberty Invitational earlier this season. Claudio Marquez placed second in the 105-pound weight division at districts and qualified for the state meet Feb. 24.
For just the third time in OSAA history, a state girls wrestling championship will be held Feb. 24, at Culver High School.

Qualifying for the event was held at numerous locations throughout the state, but local area girls hit the mat at Century High School as part of the Special District 1 qualifier, with the top three placers in each weight division punching a ticket to state.

St. Helens won the event with 183 points, besting second-place Hillsboro (164.5) by 18.5 points and third-place Forest Grove (149) by 34. Century (132) and Scappoose (91) rounded out the top five, while Liberty (66) placed ninth, Glencoe (60.5) 11th, Banks (50) 12th, Mountainside (48) 13th, Westview (41) 14th, and Southridge (24) 19th, while Aloha (21) and Sunset (21) tied for 22nd as part of the Washington County group of finishers.

In all, 30 individual girls from the aforementioned schools qualified for the state championships later this month, with St. Helens leading the way with six qualifiers.

Hillsboro qualified five, including senior Ayana Medina, who will be chasing her third state title, while Forest Grove qualified four, including three district champions: Makaila Takahashi (135 pounds), Jasmine Hopkins (145) and Ella Taplin (190).

"I think overall, our girls performance was great," Hillsboro girls head wrestling coach Ralph Medina said. "They moved well, had great footwork, motion and were applying fundamentals which we had been working on in the room."

COURTESY PHOTO - The Forest Grove girls wrestling team poses for a photo following the district championships Saturday, Feb. 5, at Century High School. Left to right: Head coach Guy Takahashi, Ella Taplin, Kennedy Blanton, Jasmine Hopkins, Makaila Takahashi, Kailea Takahashi, Camilla Contreras Bran, Ava Henkemeyer, coach Tom Siciliano.The Spartans coach went on to speak to each of his wrestlers' exemplary performance, attitude and perseverance at the district event, and believes they're poised to make a mark at state thanks primarily to the work they have and continue to put in.

"I believe we have a good chance to place all girls at state," Medina said. "They are all focused and ready, and they are hungry for what they deserve and are putting in the work. I appreciate these girls' hard work ethic. We have small things to work on, but I believe each one of these girls will make an impact at the state tournament."

Hillsboro boys head coach Stephen Moreno echoed Medina's sentiments regarding the girls' effort on the mat, through what have been very tumultuous times.

"The resilience and steadfast work ethic our girls have demonstrated, despite the adversity wrestling has experienced throughout this pandemic, has made me really excited for the direction our girls program is headed," Moreno said.

Vikings head coach Guy Takahashi said that while things didn't go perfectly for his team, he was proud of his girls and excited about their potential headed to state.

"I'm very proud of our girls and how hard they wrestled," Takahashi said. "There were a couple of things that did not go our way, but we competed hard and made ourselves better. The girls that are going to state all should place, and three, if not all four, should be in the finals.

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of the Banks girls wrestling team pose for a photo following the district championships Saturday, Feb. 5, at Century High School. Left to right: Teagen Henderson, Madelyn Russell, Serinity Moody."The girls are excited and ready for this state tournament."

Additionally, Liberty qualified three for state, Glencoe, Century, Mountainside and Banks two each, and Southridge and Westview put one in the event.

An entire list of qualifiers from the event can be seen below:

100: Dezire Solis (McDaniel), Nina Deleon (Hillsboro), Grace Thoma (Warrenton)

105: Kate Leonard (St. Helens), Yamilet Claudio Marquez (Glencoe). Izselle Mercado (Glencoe)

110: Natalie De Leon (Hillsboro), Ashley Willis (St. Helens), Serinity Moody (Banks)

115: Courtney Hall (Scappoose), Samantha Shipley (Century), Layla Morris (Mountainside)

120: Haley Vann (Cleveland), Emilia Correa Artiaga (Century), Terese Korpela (St. Helens)

125: Ayana Medina (Hillsboro), Kallee Kester (St. Helens), Gracianna Strickland (Hillsboro)

130: Alice Rickett (Hillsboro), Kennedy Blanton (Forest Grove), Gracee Grenfell, Liberty

135: Makaila Takahashi (Forest Grove), Arawyn Francis (Mountainside), Jezerel Ortiz (St. Helens)

140: Madelyn Russell (Banks), Ellie Carrier (Westview), Calliope Callaway-Hoilma (Roosevelt)

PMG FILE PHOTO - St. Helens' Cambria Funk wrestles during an event earlier this season. Funk won the 170-pound weight division and along with Kate Leonard (105-pounds) was one of two Lions district champions and six state qualifiers.145: Jasmine Hopkins (Forest Grove), Emma Johnson (Centennial), Zainab Ibrahim (Reynolds)

155: Joanna Rollot (Southridge), Vida Boskovic (Roosevelt), Adalynn Williams (Dayton)

170: Cambria Funk (St. Helens), Onastacia Boling (Roosevelt), Lexli Zuriaga (Canby)

190: Ella Taplin (Forest Grove), Anna Rintoul (Scappoose), McKenzie Mills (David Douglas)

235: Faith Wooley (Liberty), Rose Williams (Centennial), Madison Gisebers (Liberty)

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