Ten Washougal and two Camas high school wrestlers are destined for the Tacoma Dome Friday. Those still competing against the best in the state Saturday achieve medals.
After losing to Hoquiam’s Bree Hyder a few weeks ago, Washougal’s Yaneli Martinez patiently waited for a rematch. The Panther got her wish in the 100-pound regional championship match Saturday, at Kelso High School, and pinned Hyder in 5 minutes, 3 seconds.
“It’s all in the heart. If you believe in it, you got it,” Martinez said. “My mom watched me wrestle for the first time. I wanted her to see how important this is to me, and I wanted to make her proud.”
Abby Lees had a whole year to think about losing her first high school regional championship match. The Washougal sophomore finished on top of the 155-pound bracket Saturday. She pinned Centralia’s Charliann McCall in 1:14.
“I was so mad when I lost last year. I really wanted this win,” Lees said.