By Jeremy McDonald
ALBANY, Ore.– Silverton’s Jasmine Myers decided to try something new for her final year in High School by going for wrestling. And boy imagine the results if the Foxes senior had come out for the sport sooner following the performance she had at the 6A/5A Special District 2 Meet at West Albany High School on Saturday. Finishing District Runner-Up at 155 pounds, falling to Destiny Rodriguez of West Linn a 1:22 into the Championship match, but still qualifying for the State Meet in three weeks at Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Portland on February 24.
“I wasn’t doing anything in the Winter and I got tired of working, so I’m like, ‘I’m going to try-out wrestling and see what I can do with that’. I’m honestly kind of shocked that I did it. It’s still settling in, but I’m really excited. I wasn’t expecting to make it to State, and now that I’m going to State, I’m going to see if I can train as hard as I can these next few weeks and see what I can do,” Myers said.
This season was proof for the rookie grappler that she can do anything that she sets her mind to. If she wants to do it, she’s capable of doing it and it has already gotten her to the biggest meet of them all to close out the season. She joins McKayla Bonham (125, third-place) and Lilly Kamstra (140, third-place) to qualify for the State Wrestling Meet with a few weeks to improve and get better for one last tournament.
“Definitely not get thrown in a head-and-arm is one of the things,” laughs Myers. “I just need to get into the feel a little more. It’s just starting to click with the feel of wrestling and how not to get thrown. So if I just settle into that feeling more and work on my shots, perfect everything I’ll see what I can do.”
Bella Moore (140, fourth) and Ella Lulich (190, sixth) placed at the meet this weekend at their respective weight classes.