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Posted on Jan 15, 2015

Rowell sixth at Kelso Invite

The Lady Jacks headed over the mountain to the Kelso Girls Invitational, which featured 56 teams, 420 wrestlers and 13 of the Top-20 teams from last season’s Mat Classic were on hand.
For Quincy, Kateri Rowell placed sixth out of 27 girls in the 110-pound weight bracket.  The junior opened with a pin over Alyssa Edson of  Warden and followed with an upset over second-seeded Tamika Pierce of Richland.  It took extra time, but Rowell beat her for the first time.
“I was wrestling pretty well,” she said.  “I beat a state placer from Richland.
“I had more confidence.”
The two went back and forth and Rowell held a 9-7 lead until she gave up a three-point nearfall to Pierce. She scored an escape to knot the score at 10-10.
In overtime, Rowell countered a throw attempt and scored the takedown for a 12-10 win.
“It was pretty much a pressure thing.  She tried a head and arm,” Rowell said.
Rowell lost in the quarterfinals to Yelm’s Grace Finley, but rebounded with a pin against Malia Adams of Franklin Pierce.  She followed that with 11-3 major decision over Alyssa Edson of Warden.  In the consolation semifinals she lost to Tristen Williams of Forks 2-1 and in her final match she hurt her collarbone and lost by injury default to Amanda Gilliam of North Central.
Others:
120-Elizabeth  Schwendeman (Gig Harbor) md. Zahlee Stephens, 13-3; Stephens d. Garza, Inj.; Stephens d. Robb (Wash), 2-1; Auna Carpio (Decatur) p. Stephens.  120-Alexis Tietz (Franklin Pierce) p. Dezarae Westra; Westra P. Serena Doyle (Todd Beamer); Westra d. Kalyn Alby (Tenino) 6-5; Bailee Wright (Washougal) p. Westra.  125-Gabby Flores tf. Eva Ortiz (Hoquiam), 15-0; Hailey Huerta (Centralia) p. Flores; Flores p. Lacy Dunlop (Camas); Erin Redford (White River) p. Flores.

-Kurtis J. Wood, sports@qvpr.com

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