Delia Gulzow became the first La Grande wrestler to qualify for the OSAA girls state wrestling tournament as she took second in her weight class at the North Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday in Hillsboro.
Gulzow was dominant on her way to the finals in the 100-pound bracket. She pinned her first four opponents — Southridge’s Zamira Cornejo, Adrian’s Virginia Tolman, Century’s Daniela Vasquez and Hood River Valley’s Gracie McCafferty — en route to the final. The run included a semifinal win over McCafferty that took just 80 seconds.
Gulzow’s bid for a regional title fell just short when she lost the final by fall to Oregon City’s Emma Baertlein.
Delia Gulzow’s sister, Bella Gulzow, went 3-2 at 110 for LHS. After an early loss, she won three matches in a row by fall over Yamhill-Carlton’s Elizabeth Hetzler, Century’s Hannah King and Woodburn’s Yajaira Reyes. Her regional run ended with a loss to Lincoln’s Hania Halverson in an ultimate tiebreaker.
Luca Willins (115) went 2-2 with wins over Astoria’s Raver Gasser and Parkrose’s Di Nguyen, both by fall.
Rylee Weimer (120) went 0-2.
The girls state tournament is Feb. 28-29 in Portland.
Elgin has two winners at Pine Eagle
The Elgin Huskies wrestling team picked up two victories on its way to a fifth-place finish at the Pine Eagle Invitational Saturday in Halfway.
Both Gabriel Hasbell (113 pounds) and Joe Lathrop (132) needed just two wins to earn the championship in their respective brackets. Hasbell won his final by a 10-4 decision over New Plymouth’s Mossy Waite, and Lathrop got by Cutter Huff of Pine Eagle by a 7-3 decision.
Clayton Hammond went 3-2 on the day to take fourth at 170 and won two matches by fall. Kenny Terry (126), Bruce Morehead (152) and Blake Jenkins (195) all took fifth. Terry finished 3-2 — with all his matches being decided by fall — while Morehead was 2-2 and Jenkins finished 1-2.
Union/Cove followed in sixth place and had three wrestlers take third in their weight classes. Jaxon Blackburn went 3-1 at 126, Levi Hammond was 5-1 at 152 — and won his final four matches — and Michael Day finished 2-1 at 220. Carter Blackburn took fourth at 145 with a mark of 2-2, and Damon Nipper also went 2-2 to take fourth at 195. Alleah Haydon finished sixth at 195.
Joseph/Wallowa placed seventh, and put two wrestlers in the finals. Jonah Staigle (220) won his bracket by pinning New Plymouth’s Caiden Cutburth in the final. Zeb Ramsden (145) went 2-1, dropping the final by fall to Joel Campbell of New Plymouth. Laramie Hess (182) placed fifth, and both Harley Miller (160) and Ronny Morello (170) took sixth.
Ninth-place Enterprise picked up a title from Trace Evans, who won both his matches at 138 by technical fall for the championship. In the final, he scored a 17-2 win over Crane’s Levi Roath. Cody Fent (132) finished with a record of 2-2 to come in fourth winning both his matches by fall, and Drew Widener (285) was fifth.
Imbler, which finished 11th, had both Garrett Burns (120) and MyKail Foster (152) place fourth. Foster earned a pair of wins by fall for his placing.
The teams return to action Friday and Saturday for the 2A/1A Special District 4 Tournament in Union.