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The Lion freshman steps up to win her first Oregon state championship on Saturday

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn freshman Destiny Rodriguez smiles as her hand is raised in victory following her state championship at 145 pounds at the Oregon state tournamwent at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 29.Call it fate.

Call it fortune.

Call it chance.

Or even better, call it Destiny.

West Linn freshman Destiny Rodriguez had her sights set on winning an Oregon girls wrestling title since she entered West Linn High School this fall, and on Saturday, Feb. 29, she made that dream a reality.

Rodriguez — competing in the state tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29 — won three straight times to claim the Oregon championship at 145 pounds.

"It feels pretty good. I'm happy," she said. "I ended how I wanted to."

Rodriguez, who wrestled against both boys and girls during the 2019-20 season, was stellar at state, opening her tournament with a technical fall victory in Friday's quarterfinal, then adding a pair of pins in her semifinal and championship to place first.

First, the top-seeded Rodriguez powered past Thurston junior Sierra Jenkins 19-1 in her quarterfinal. Next, she had to get off her back against over Thurston freshman Gabi Gilbert to win by fall with 16 seconds left in the first round of her semifinal.

And in the championship against Bend junior Fatima Albarran (she upset second-seeded Summit senior Jasmine Pedersen in her semi), Rodriguez scored a takedown 10 seconds into the match, added a pair of three-point nearfalls in the next 1:09 and pinned Albarran seven seconds later.

"I just knew I should keep the pressure on the whole time, not stop and just keep going," Rodriguez said. "I was confident. I knew that I was able to do it and I just needed to get it over with."

Her efforts helped the Lions place 12th in the team standings with 23.5 points. Thurston finished first with 72 points, followed by Bend's 66 and Century's 49.5.

The complete team scoring included: 1. Thurston 72.0; 2. Bend 66.0; 3. Century 49.5; 4. Elmira 42.0; 5. Glencoe 38.0; 6. North Medford 33.0; 7. Grants Pass 28.0; 8. Milwaukie 27.0; 9. Cottage Grove 24.0; 9. McKay 24.0; 9. Vale 24.0; 12. West Linn 23.5; 13. Baker/Powder Valley 23.0; 14. Phoenix 22.0; 15. Eagle Point 21.0; 15. La Pine 21.0; 15. Madras 21.0; 15. North Salem 21.0; 15. Oregon City 21.0; 20. Mountain View 20.0; 20. Nyssa 20.0; 20. Scappoose 20.0; 23. North Douglas/Elkton 18.0; 23. Pleasant Hill 18.0; 23. West Albany 18.0; 26. Douglas 16.0; 26. Lincoln 16.0; 26. Ontario 16.0; 29. Dallas 15.0; 29. Forest Grove 15.0; 29. Sweet Home 15.0; 32. Hillsboro 14.0; 33. Cleveland 13.0; 34. Newport 12.0; 34. Summit 12.0; 36. Franklin 11.0; 37. Siuslaw 10.0; 38. Creswell 8.0; 38. North Eugene 8.0; 40. Hood River Valley 7.0; 40. La Grande 7.0; 40. Sandy 7.0; 43. Centennial 5.0; 44. Bonanza 4.0; 45. Aloha 3.5; 46. Banks 3.0; 46. Mazama 3.0; 46. North Lake 3.0; 46. Philomath 3.0; 46. Springfield 3.0; 46. Sunset 3.0; 52. Estacada 1.0.

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