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All-Region girls wrestling: Allison Blaine, Hudson’s Bay

Senior becomes county’s fourth three-time state champion

By , Columbian sports reporter
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All-Region girls wrestler of the year, Hudson's Bay senior Allison Blaine is pictured in Vancouver on March 3, 2020.
All-Region girls wrestler of the year, Hudson's Bay senior Allison Blaine is pictured in Vancouver on March 3, 2020. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Allison Blaine seems like a natural as she poses for various photos in The Columbian studio.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” the Hudson’s Bay senior says during her photoshoot for The Columbian’s All-Region Girls Wrestler of the Year, the second time she’s won the award.

She suggests various poses, aware of where her hair falls and how to hide the two glue-on nails that have fallen off. She arrived and left in red heels, the latter an unusual sight when she exited the building in Eagles wrestling gear.

This is Blaine off the mats. She’s a cheerleader, loves to make friends and is always the first to suggest team-bonding activities.

When she puts on her headgear, though, she’s an unstoppable force, a three-time state champion with a 92-1 career record for Hudson’s Bay.

Her ability to merge her success on the mats with her personality off it is inspirational.

“I really hope it grows the sport,” Blaine said. “You can be a lot of different sides to yourself and still succeed.” While she’s always been a force on the mats, she craved a team environment. So she joined the cheerleading team her junior season and has learned as much on chilly fall nights as she has in sweaty gymnasiums.

“That’s always been a part of me; I’ve just never had a sport that I could let that into,” Blaine said. “It was cool to have an outlet for that.”

While Blaine, who became Clark County’s fourth three-time state wrestling champion, hopes to compete in college, she’s glad the high school journey is over. The pressure that came with being one of the state’s best girls grapplers was suffocating at times.

She has always dealt with anxiety leading up to matches.

After being named a Tacoma News-Tribune “Untouchable” before this year’s Mat Classic, that nervous energy reached fever pitch. She was vomiting before matches, unable to relax as her heart raced in anticipation.

“Honestly, I’m just really glad it’s over,” Blaine said. “This year, I was more filled with anxiety than I’ve ever been. It was honestly not that enjoyable.”

When she finally had her hand raised in victory after a dominating 15-4 decision over North Kitsap’s Elise Scrafford, she got to breathe freely again.

She says a picture The Columbian ran of her embracing a coach following the result, in which her hair is frazzled and eyes are bulging encapsulated how she felt perfectly.

“I look a little crazy,” Blaine said. “But that’s pretty much what I was thinking. The anxiety was done; I was finally free of that weight.”

Still, she is grateful for the four years of wrestling at Hudson’s Bay and is eager for what is to come. And perhaps, she can be an inspiration for the many girls who will try to follow her example.

“Wrestling has taught me a lot as person; it’s a big part of who I am,” Blaine said. “I hope it continues to grow.”

Rest of the All-Region girls wrestling team

Riley Aamold, Union

Junior finished as 125-pound state runner-up. Won regional, Clark County, Kelso Invite, Hammerhead titles.

Uruwa Abe, Ridgefield

Freshman burst onto the scene with a seventh-place state finish. Clark County, Hammerhead and regional champ.

Alejandra Ayers, Union

Junior finished in fifth place at 120 pounds at Mat Classic. Sub-regional, Clark County champ.

Nevaeh Cassidy, Union

Senior finished fourth at 155 pounds at Mat Classic. Clark County, Kelso Invite, Hammerhead champion.

Aleksi Donahue, Washougal

Senior finished fourth at 120 pounds at state. Won team and individual Clark County and regional titles.

Jaelyn Sayler, Skyview

Sophomore finished seventh at Mat Classic at 235 pounds. Regional and Clark County champion.

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