Three Grizz girls place fifth in state wrestling qualifier

Ashland High's Aspyn Gottschalk, Joanne Lemley and Marina Tacconi each fell short of a state meet berth by placing fifth in their weight class at a girls wrestling state qualifying tournament Friday at Thurston High School in Eugene.

Gottschalk, wrestling at 140 pounds, pinned Warrenton's Isabella Carr in 23 seconds and Roosevelt's Marley Zook in 28 seconds to advance to the semifinals, where she was pinned by Grants Pass' Olivia DeMars in 2:48. Gottschalk was then pinned by Morgan Ellis of Pleasent Hill in the consolation semifinals before finishing strong by pinning Sydney Bright of La Pine in the fifth-place match.

At 147 pounds, Tacconi was pinned by Selah Drain of De La Salle in the opening round before stringing together three straight wins over Blessing Jamison (major decision), Destiny Ruppert (pin) and Miranda Palumbo (pin). In the consolation semifinals, Tacconi pulled out a 4-1 decision over McKayla Webb of Willamette, setting up a rematch against Drain for third place. Drain pinned Tacconi in 1:56.

At 172, Lemley dropped a 1-0 decision to Ridgeview's Bailey Dennis in the opening round but bounced back by pinning Erica Spriggs of Century and Loryn Edmunds of Oakridge. Kyla Keen of Sutherlin pinned Lemley in the consolation semis, and Lemley finished with a quick 16-second pin of Lilliann Restrepo of Century.

Also for the Grizzlies, 134-pounder Rosemary Weston went 2-2 at the tourney, pinning both Jessica Kalebaugh of South Umpqua and Rylee O'Brien of Rainier.

College Track & Field

Southern Oregon's Matt East and Jessa Perkinson were voted Cascade Conference indoor track athletes of the week Monday after both delivered a standout performance in Saturday's Jacksons/New Balance Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.

East, a redshirt-junior from Modesto, California, placed third in the 200 meters and third in the 60. His converted 200 time of 22.09 seconds ranks second in the NAIA and made him an automatic qualifier for the NAIA Indoor Championships. 

Perkinson, a junior from Roseburg who's already a five-time All-American, won the mile in an NAIA 'B' qualifying time of 5:11.86.

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