By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Brooke Burrows, a 106-pound McNary High School freshman, won the girls regional wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 6.
The win sets Burrows up to compete in the state tournament later this month.
For those given to thinking it must have been a shallow pool, nothing could be further from the truth.
“There were 17 girls in my bracket, it was so big they had to split it up,” Burrows said.
Burrows beat both the first and second seeds in her weight class to take the regional title. After getting a bye in the first round of the tournament, Burrows defeated Harley Miner of Grants Pass High School by pin in the second round. From there, she beat Zenaida Bresser of Henley High School in a 7-3 decision and Gracie Olson in a tight 2-1 decision in the championship match.
“I kept my mind in it, thought about what I’d been learning in practice and tried to wrestle my match,” Burrows said.
Since the beginning of the wrestling season, Burrows has been matching up with male wrestlers from other schools and in the practice room. She’s claimed her share of victories, and more than a few moral ones as she flummoxed opponents who were unable to keep her on the mat or in their grip.
“When I’m with the girls it’s different because I’m used to the guys being way stronger than I am. The girls seem like a better competition, but some of them are still pretty strong,” Burrows said.
She’s hoping to place at the state tournament, but is considering even bigger prizes.
“They have a girls national team and I’m thinking about joining them and wrestling in Fargo later this year,” she said.