The Eureka High girl’s wrestling team following its win at the Battle of the Border Tournament over the weekend, in Ashland, Or. (Contributed/Cecil Wilson)
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The Eureka girl’s wresting team won, by a large margin, its first meet of the season last weekend at the Battle of the Border Tournament in Ashland, Or. Four Loggers nabbed first-place medals in the tournament and in total 13 of Eureka’s wrestlers placed inside the top three in their respective weight classes. This Saturday, the Loggers will look to take home another box of medals when they travel to Springfield, Or., for their second meet of the season.

“To be honest, we were very strong and we dominated the tournament,” First-year Loggers head coach Cecil Wilson said. “We have a tough team this year, I think we’ll be pretty hard to stop.”

No Logger will be tougher to take off her game than Aracely Gomez-Rendon. The 5-foot-7 189-pound junior went 4-0 over the weekend as she claimed the 189-pound-and-up division — all the way up to 235-pounds — in dominate fashion. Gomez-Rendon looks to be the anchor for her Loggers that she was in her previous two seasons with the team.

Gomez-Rendon had her season cut short before the start of the postseason last year due to injury after compiling a 25-3 record as a sophomore. In her freshman season she won a North Coast Section title at 189-pounds.

“I fully expect (Gomez-Rendon) to repeat her freshman season and advance to the state championships, I don’t think anyone in our section will come close to her,” Wilson said. “She’s a quite leader on our team.”

Three other Loggers, Kelli Johnston, Alicia Gentlemen and Keara Ethridge, went 4-0 over the weekend and enjoyed first-place finishes as well.

Johnston, a sophomore wrestling at 137-pounds, won each of her four matches via pins and in the finals wrestled against her teammate Yareli Gomez-Rendon, who took second place. Alicia Gentelmen, a sophomore wrestling at 143-pounds, is a tall 5-foot-6 for her weight division and used her length to win four straight matches and a gold medal. Keara Ethridge, the lone senior on the Loggers’ 2018 roster, claimed the 150-pound gold over the weekend.

“Keara is a strong wrestler, and very experienced,” Wilson said. “Alicia is an extremely impressive wrestler for only having been doing it for two years and I’m looking forward to watching Kelli grow this season.”

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