CGHS’ Herzog wins title, Dunn second at state championships

With the same result as regionals, Raina Herzog (middle) defeated Elkton’s Tayla Swearingen (left) in the 235-pound state title match. PHOTO BY NICK SNYDER/CG SENTINEL

Between both boys and girls, the Cottage Grove High School (CGHS) wrestling team qualified seven wrestlers for last weekend’s OSAA State Championships. At the end of two days of competition, two Lions were still standing and took their place on the podium.

The tournament was held last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland and the Lions’ performance was highlighted by a second consecutive state title for junior Raina Herzog in the 235-pound division and a second place finish for senior Justin Dunn in the boys’ 152-pound class.

OSAA didn’t hold a girls’ state championship tournament until the 2018-19 season, but two years in and, at 235 pounds, Oregon has seen only one champion: Herzog.

Last year in a four-wrestler bracket, she only needed to win two matches on her way to the title, but evidencing the growth of the sport, Herzog needed three wins this year as the girls’ bracket for each weight class grew to eight.

The championship final was a rematch of the girls’ south regionals. Herzog defeated Tayla Swearingen of Elkton by fall in their first matchup earlier this month. The final round at state was a similar story as Herzog won by fall in 2:56.

Dunn, a senior at CGHS, followed up a third-place finish at 152 pounds in 2019 with a second place spot this year, losing by way of sudden victory to Cascade’s Noah Thompson, the number-one seed in his weight class.

Also qualifying for state for CGHS were sophomore Logan Lowrey and seniors Fernando Soto-Cruz, Drew Swenson, Cobie Simpson and Trace Nelson.

Soto-Cruz (138) and Swenson (170) each won their first-round matchups, but were ousted in the quarterfinals by Estacada’s Caleb McDonald and Madras’ Reece White, respectively.

Lowrey, Simpson and Nelson were all defeated in the first round of competition.

Other prep results

North Douglas 45, Triad 81: The Warriors boys’ basketball team had a tough draw in the state tournament last Wed., Feb. 26 with a first-round away matchup against the #2-ranked team in 1A, Triad (24-4, 18-0), and couldn’t pull off the upset. North Douglas finished the season 18-10 overall, 11-1 in league and a regular season Skyline League title.

Elkton 29, Mohawk 46: The Elkton girls’ basketball team’s season ended on Fri., Feb. 28 as they were taken down by eighth-ranked Mohawk (23-4, 14-0). The Elks (20-8, 9-2) finished the 2019-20 season ranked #13 and second in the Skyline regular season with their only league losses coming at the hands of rivals North Douglas.

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