Culver — With all four of their wrestlers advancing to the state championship in their classes, the journey to a state title became a reality for the Forest Grove Vikings on Thursday, winning their first state title in school history and denying a three-peat for the Thurston Colts. For the Vikings, it is journey that was led by a blend of talent and experience across the board, culminating in a state champion in Ella Taplin, with the others finishing runner-up in their classes to give Forest Grove a grand total of 99 points to defeat Thurston’s 75 points. Hillsboro took third place with 69 points, and Tillamook rounded out the Top 4 with 65 points.
The three-peat attempt for Thurston was in trouble once only three of their four wrestlers made it to the Top 6 of their classes, with only two of those three participating in the championship matches. Averie Stockwell and Kaylee Annis finished with state titles for the Colts, while Kristal Zamora took third place in the 130 class with a win over fellow Redmond Freshman MacKenzie Shearon. With only Stockwell graduating, Thurston returns two state placers and has a healthy crop of talent coming up in the program.
In other notes, Chelo Garcia defeated Sarahi Chavez to win the 100 class, becoming the first individual title in Siletz Valley history for wrestling. Ariana Martinez, Paige Chafin, Haley Vann, Ayana Medina, Alice Rickett, Kira Kerr, Bella Amaro, Destiny Rodriguez, Jennifer Delatorre, and Mallory Lusco all won individual titles in Culver.
Tillamook surprised some with a 4th place finish at the state championships, as every girl they brought to Culver finished in the Top 6, culminated by Jennifer Delatorre’s state title in the 170 Class over Central Linn’s Anna McDougal. Faliscity Murphy Snider took third in the 135 class, Arianna Brown took fifth in the 130 class for the Cheeseheads.