Oak Harbor High School’s Maria Dailey and Jamal Graham both finished second in their respective regional wrestling tournaments Saturday, Feb. 15, and qualified for the state meet.
Dailey took part in the girls Region 1 tournament, which included athletes from nearly 100 schools from all classifications, at Sedro-Woolley High School. Oak Harbor tallied 18 points and finished 23rd out of the 41 schools that scored points. Burlington-Edison took the title with 100.
Graham represented Oak Harbor in the boys 3A Region 1 tournament at Bonney Lake High School. The Wildcats placed 17h out of 17 schools with 16 points. Bethel finished first with 170.5.
Dailey entered as the fourth and bottom seed out of her sub-regional tournament and surprised the 155-pound regional field by taking second. She stunned Snohomish’s Alycia Pidgeon, a state veteran and the No. 1 seed from the opposing sub-regional, 7-6 in triple overtime in the opening round. PIdgeon finished fifth in last year’s state tournament and is ranked fourth in the state this season.
Dailey then pinned sub-regional runner-up Payton Elenbaas of Meridian at 3:15 in the semifinals.
She lost to sixth-ranked and 2019 state-qualifier Delany Cobbs of Burlington-Edison by a fall (1:50) in the championship bout.
Oak Harbor’s Aly Grose (170 pounds) also competed at regional and lost by a second-round fall and by injury default.
““We are beyond proud of our girls’ performance today,” Oak Harbor girls coach Brian Farmer said. “Maria’s first match was versus a very experienced state wrestler, and she won with an an explosive stand-up to escape in triple overtime, and we are so pleased to be going to the Tacoma Dome this week.”
Graham, who is ranked 20th at 132 pounds and placed third in the sub-regional meet, opened regional action by defeating 10th-ranked Savion Lee of Bethel 8-6. He then won by the same score over 11th-ranked and sub-regional champion Ethan Vanderheiden of Ferndale.
Third-ranked Payton Anderson of Stadium, who placed eighth a state last year, topped Graham 10-4 in the title match.
Oak Harbor’s Evan Beerbower (152) lost 8-5 and 9-4; and Ivan Snyder (285) lost twice by falls.a
Cole Valdez (120) and Timothy Powers (126) qualified for the regional meet but did not compete because of injuries.
The top four finishers at the regional tournaments qualified for state, which is Feb, 21 and 22 at the Tacoma Dome.