HRV girls wrestling team ties for 12th at Kelso, Wash., tournament

ALEXIS MCCAFFERTY gets her opponent in a hold during a tournament in Kelso, Wash., last weekend. McCafferty had the best finish for HRV, placing second in the 110-pound bracket.

The HRV girls wrestling competed at a 32-person bracketed, 64-team tournament at Kelso High School in Washington last weekend. The Eagles one of two teams from Oregon, tied for 12th place after two days of wrestling.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Alexis McCafferty, who made the finals and placed second for HRV at 110 pounds. Payton Rigert also made the podium, earning a fourth-place finish at 155 pounds.

“Both athletes had great tournaments and proved they believe they deserve to be on the podium,” said Assistant HRV Coach Lynn Miller. “We’re proud of all the girls and the effort they had in competition this weekend.”

Eight more Eagles earned valuable experience on the mat as well. Samantha Morley ended the weekend with a 3-2 record. Also at 120 pounds was Beatriz Najera, who also earned a 3-2 record. At 125 pounds Joanna Endow was 4-2 and Monique Verduzco was 5-2. At 130 pounds, Grace Miller was 4-2 and at 135 pounds Elena Kroll was 2-2. Rounding out the roster for HRV in the 180-pound weight class were Christina Marquez and Katarina Vackova, who each earned 3-2 records.

“It was a great weekend for us. We are a new team and competing as a team is a lot of fun in wrestling. I can’t wait for us to be able to fill all the weight classes and compete for the team title. Every young lady should try wrestling. Our team is really working hard to reach their goals. They are trailblazing the path for women’s wrestling in Oregon. We’re proud of them,” said HRV Head Coach Trent Kroll.

The Eagles were scheduled to compete at the Battle of the Belles — an annual dual between HRV and Elmira — on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Oregon Classic at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds (results not available at press time) in Redmond, then compete at a tournament the next day.

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