Alex Contreras of the Bruins wrestling team made history over the weekend by becoming the first girl wrestler Brookings-Harbor High School’s history to earn a spot competing at the state level. Contreras is also the school’s first girl wrestler.
“Shes officially one of the top wrestlers in the state for her weight class,” said Bruins coach Alonzo Nalls. “They only qualify four girls, two from the north and two from the south.”
Contreras qualified for the semi-finals of the regional qualifiers last Friday and advanced to the finals round on Saturday. She faced off against the number one seed and ultimately took second place for the girls 140-pound weight class.
“I’m pretty stoked. Its a really good opportunity and I wouldn’t have had it without such a great set of coaches,” Contreras said. “They really pushed me to be the best that I could.”
Contreras went in 8-1 and was seeded three and wrestled the number two seed in the semifinals, winning with a pin to advance to the finals. Contreras went on to face the number one seed from Mountain View and was defeated, but at second place earned her spot at state.
“They’d met before at Grants Pass, where Alex (Contreras) got pinned, but this time she really held her own,” said Nalls.
Nalls said that for the girl’s division, the OSAA rankings were mixed, meaning that Contreras had to face off against competitors from larger schools, such as 4A and 5A.
“Girls wrestling is the fastest growing sport in and college these days,” Nalls said. “Plenty of high schools are giving it support and a lot of colleges are starting programs.”
Nalls says that Contreras has also attracted the interest of Southern Oregon University, known for being one of the biggest wrestling colleges in the state.
Contreras joined the team last year initially wanting to do stats for the team. With a little encouragement from the coaches, she ended up giving the sport a try. Her first year was rough according to her and Nalls, but this year she has proven to be one of the most competitive players in the state.