HILLSBORO — Emilie Miller did not qualify for the state wrestling tournament.
But the Wilsonville freshman was able to keep everything in perspective after competing in the OSAA Girls North Regional Friday and Saturday at Century High School.
"It's my freshman year. I made it here. I made it to day two. That's something to be proud of, so I can walk away feeling good with the season," Miller said after losing to Ontario's Guadalup Diaz 3-0 Saturday in the 140-pound consolation bracket. "I had a couple of opportunities, but I didn't take my shot. It's a split second decision that if you miss it, it's gone. I can kind of walk away OK with it because I went six minutes with her. I did my best and that's all that matters."
Miller was the only Wilsonville wrestler to make it to the second day of the tournament.
After winning her first match in 31 seconds and her second in 1:55, Miller was pinned by Putnam senior Cheyenne MacKenzie in the third round, sending the Wilsonville wrestler to the consolation bracket.
"I made a mistake and that's what gave her the takedown in the first place," Miller said. "It was winnable. I just couldn't get there."
Miller won her first consolation match by pinning Centennial's Ayla Anderson in the first period, before running into Diaz.
Also competing for Wilsonville, sophomore Madison Lay went 2-2 in the 120-pound division, while freshmen Skylar Wellborn (100) and Keely Sanford (170) both finished 0-2 in their respective weight classes.
"I'm the only one of the four (Wilsonville) girls to make it through to Saturday," Miller said. "That's some pride for my team. Everybody is tougher than you think they're going to be. Districts is the real deal. Saturday is a big deal where all the tough wrestlers come out. You see the tough girls. You just have to roll with them."
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