By Jeremy McDonald
PORTLAND, Ore.–As Madison Shockley walked out to the mats for her 110-pound opening round match against North Medford’s Kyleigh Lopez, she came out calm and collected and even flashed a smile to the people in the stands above her before and after her match versus Lopez.
In her match against Lopez, the junior battled Lopez to a 6-0 decision that moved Shockley into the consolation bracket as she walked over to watch the conclusion of the Tess Barnett-Macie Stewart match, scouting for what is to come.
“Yeah I’ve been working on the nerves, it’s not that bad,” said Shockley on the nerves entering the match with Lopez. “Honestly I think I did great, that’s the State Champion right there.”
As Stewart squeaked by Barnett in a 4-3 decision setting up Shockley with Barnett for third-fourth place in the weight division.
“Get legs thrown in, I don’t know if either of these girls know how to throw legs, so I’m pretty good with that,” described Shockley on her approach for the match with Barnett. “Definitely drink some water, get energize and get back out there wth the same kind of energy as the first match.”
Shockley and Barnett has some history as Barnett defeated her in the Girls State Qualifer three weeks ago in Springfield and Shockley needed Barnett to win in order to have a chance to qualify for State due to rules in having two athletes wrestle each other again in the consolation bracket.
Barnett did just that and here we were as the two battled it out for third-and-fourth, Shockley bettered Barnett this time around but Barnett respect Shockley a lot as they go their seperate ways after the match.
“It’s cool because I guess we’re kind of friends now because I met her before at the beginning of the season and I seen her at Districts and now I see her again,” said Barnett of the correlation between her and Shockley.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald