SH girls in state wrestling finals

Two Sweet Home girls, Mandy Binks and Laura Gourley, have qualified for the finals of the state high school wrestling girls invitational tournament, to be held Friday afternoon at the Portland Memorial Coliseum.

The girls finals, in eight weight divisions, will be held at 4 p.m., said organizer Bobo Umemoto.

Binks, a freshman in her first year of wrestling, qualified in the 119 pound division, where she will face Paige Matthews of Centennial.

Gourley, high school junior and a veteran of state and national girls wrestling, in which she is an 11-time All-American, qualified at 158 pounds. She will face Tamber DeHart of Cottage Grove.

The qualifying rounds of the tournament, the first-ever all-high school girls state tournament in Oregon, were held at Nelson’s Nautilus in Portland on Feb. 3.

Girls who are wrestling in the boys competition at state will be allowed to wrestle in both competitions this year and next, Umemoto said.

“After that, they will have to choose,” he said.