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Cantrell, a junior, battles to fourth place in the Girls North Regional tourney

COURTESY PHOTO - Lake Oswego's Katie Cantrell has her hand raised in victory after beating Scappoose's Gracie Guajardo in the consolation semifinals of the OSAA Girls North Regional tournament at Century High School Saturday, Feb. 8.Lake Oswego junior Katie Cantrell broke new ground last week.

Cantrell, wrestling in the OSAA Girls North Regional at Century High School on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, stepped up to finish fourth in the tournament and earn a berth at the coming state tournament.

Cantrell, competing in the tournament's 235-pound bracket, opened the event with a pair of byes, then came through with a pin of Hood River Valley's Esmeralda Nunez in the quarterfinals. In the process, Cantrell became the first Lake Oswego wrestler to earn a berth to the girls state tournament.

"It was tough but it was worth it," Cantrell wrote on Facebook.

The OSAA began hosting girls state wrestling tournaments in 2018 after first having girls compete in exhibition matches in 2017.

After her two byes, Cantrell pinned Nunez 59 seconds into the second round of their Friday quarterfinal.

Cantrell was pinned in the second round of her Saturday semifinal by Franklin's Dore Young, but she wasn't done yet. Cantrell came back to post a 2-1 decision over Scappoose's Gracie Guajardo in the consolation semifinals, then dropped a 4-2 decision to Aloha's Jennifer Cazares in the third-place match.

Next up, Cantrell will test herself against the state's best when she wrestles at the OSAA state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The first session runs from 4-10:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Session 2 begins with semifinals at 10 a.m. Feb. 29, the Parade of Champions follows at 6:30 p.m. and the finals from 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 29.


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