For Tully, winning title is art form at Clark County

Camas junior said jujutsu helped her at wrestling

By Greg Jayne, Columbian opinion editor

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Updated: January 12, 2013, 11:26 PM

 
photoBattle Ground's Kassi Strano,left, takes control of Prairie's Quinn O'Bryant on her way to a win in the 106-pound title.

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For Erin Tully, the path to the Clark County Wrestling Championships began years ago is a completely different type of venue.

"I did martial arts for a long time," said the Camas High School junior, who took up wrestling as a freshman. "Jujutsu helped before this. Now I just work really hard."

Tully captured the girls 118-pound title Saturday at the Clark County Wrestling Championships at Skyview High School, pinning Baylee Wright of Ridgefield in 5:17.

"Once I had her down, I pretty much knew what to do," Tully said. "She was good. She didn't turn over easy."

Tully was one of 11 weight-class champions crowned as the girls meet was held in conjunction with the boys Clark County Championships. Washougal rolled to the team title behind the strength of three champions -- Jessica Eakins (100 pounds), Sara Sanchez (124), and Erin Locke (130).

The Panthers were certain to get off to a fast start in the finals as Eakins faced teammate Yaneli Martinez in the first match of the night. Eakins won by fall in 1:23.

"She's very physical," Eakins said. "She's stronger than me a little bit. I think I could have been better with my technique and my confidence."

Washougal finished with 107 points, while Battle Ground was second with 85.

The Tigers received championships from Kassi Strano (106 pounds), Victoria Carlson (155), and Mixtly Simon (235).

Also winning were Camas' Taryn Lommasson (112), Esther Locke of Heritage (137) and Mountain View's Sienna Sackett (145) and Kiersten Williams (190).