Billed as a showcase for girls wrestling on the Twin Harbors, Aberdeen and Hoquiam went out and put on a show Thursday night at Sam Benn Gym.
In the first-ever dual meet between these rival girls teams, the Bobcats and Grizzlies each won four matches, three by pin, and walked away with an entertaining 22-22 tie.
Both teams were unable to field a full lineup due to illness, injury and match counts, but worked to construct an eight-match meet that highlighted the strengths of the rivals. The wrestlers were paired as close as possible to their opponent’s weights and three HHS wrestlers fought twice to fill out the meet card.
“I think we performed very well and matched up very evenly,” AHS girls head coach Tamara Yakovich said. “Luckily, their girls were willing to wrestle twice, but the matchups were pretty equal. I’m very proud of all of them.”
“Our team was split in half — from 10 to 5 — tonight,” HHS girls head coach Alex White said. “I thought both teams were very equally matched and both teams have progressed quite a bit this season. We both have very young teams and to finish up equal (on the scoreboard), that’s pretty good. That was fair.”
Aberdeen’s Alex Wilson took on Hoquiam’s Ericka Dubore in the opening match of the meet in a lightweight contest.
Wilson held a slim 9-8 lead entering the third period after Debore was hit with two illegal hold penalties to end the second period. The Bobcat got a quick takedown and it triggered a long series of reversals, releases and takedowns to the finish.
Dubore got to within 14-12 with 59 seconds left with a takedown. She released Wilson to try and get another takedown to cup the deficit closer. However, Wilson used Dubore’s momentum against her for a takedown and the pin at 5:34.
Yakovich cited Wilson for her match, which was a rematch from the boys’ Aberdeen-Hoquiam dual meet that was won by Dubore in the final seconds.
Hoquiam won its first match when Jenna Doll quickly pinned Bianca Aguila in 44 seconds in their middleweight contest.
Elizabeth Gomez won the Bobcats’ second match when she turned a late takedown on the Grizzlies’ Ana Manjivar for the pin at 1:51 and a 12-6 team score.
The Grizzlies won the next two matches before intermission — allowing time for Dubore, Doll and Menjivar to rest before their second matches — to grab a 16-12 lead.
Bree Hyder trailed for the first half of her lightweight match with Payton Glanz, who parlayed two takedowns for a 4-2 lead with 1 minute left in the second period. Hyder escaped, then got her own takedown late in the period for a 5-4 lead after two.
With both wrestlers standing, Hyder managed a takedown and used the momentum of the move to put Glanz onto her back for the pin at 5:15. Hyder was cited by White for jumping up two weight classes — from 100 to 113 pounds — to take on Glanz.
Just before intermission, heavyweights Lisa Rounsivill and Karisa Selin took their match through the full six minutes in an entertaining contest. Selin got the lead by using Rounsivill’s takedown attempt into her own move and a 3-point near-fall. Rounsivill got a reversal of her own to trail, 5-2, midway through the first period.
Selin extended her lead through the second and third periods and held Rounsivill to just one escape point in a 17-3 majority decision victory.
After intermission, Aberdeen’s Ali Morris tied the team score at 16-16 when she turned a tight contest with Dubore after one period into a 15-5 majority decision win in a lightweight match.
Doll secured her second win of the meet when she won her middleweight match against Alexis Miranda in 53 seconds. Doll’s win gave Hoquiam a 22-16 team lead, forcing Aberdeen to get a pin for the tie.
In the final match of the night, Kaylee Nguyen grabbed that win by pin when she defeated Menjivar in 18 seconds.
Both teams met in the middle of the mat and both coaches noted a rematch next season would be in the plans.
“The rivalry is something we want to keep strong, so we’d love to have full teams out for a full lineup and make something of it,” White added.
“Our program has built up from four girls to 11 this year and Hoquiam has always had a strong girls program,” Yakovich said. “We are hoping to have this next year or have a “girls night out” meet with other schools here.”
On Saturday, Aberdeen will hit the road to Tacoma to compete in the Foss Invitational. Also on Saturday, Hoquiam will be at the Lakes Invitational.
Bobcats 22, Grizzlies 22
M1 — Alex Wilson (A) pinned Ericka Dubore, 5:34. M2 — Jenna Doll (H) pinned Bianca Aguila, :44. M3 — Elizabeth Gomez (A) pinned Ana Menjivar, 1:51. M4 — Bree Hyder (H) pinned Payton Glanz, 5:15. M5 — Karisa Selin (H) maj. dec. Lisa Rounsivill, 17-3. M6 — Ali Morris (A) maj. dec. Ericka Dubore, 15-5. M7 — Jenna Doll (H) pinned Alexis Miranda, :53. M8 — Kaylee Nguyen (A) pinned Ana Menjivar, :18.