SHHS freshman wins national wrestling title

Sweet Home’s Laura Gourley won the FILA cadet national girls freestyle 70 kilogram (154.25 pounds) wrestling title in the Cadet division Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Gourley, 14, who wrestled as a freshman at Sweet Home High School this year, beat Jancey Hall of Kansas with a technical fall and pinned Katrina Wilborn of California en route to her second national FILA title.

She was the only girl from Oregon or Washington to take a first place in the junior or cadet categories. Amy Bloom of Lebanon placed second in the 43 kg. (94.75 pounds) cadet division, losing 2-0, 2-0 to C.C. Weber of Michigan.

Gourley’s father Jim Gourley said that the victory allows Laura fullaccess to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where the event was held.