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Bruins Wrestling

Three from CHS advance to 1A state qualifiers

Columbia High wrestlers Jenson Ladiges, Joshua Bell and Sarah Gibson will be in action this Saturday at regional state qualifiers in Montesano and Tumwater, respectively.

Ladiges, a senior, will wrestle at 171 pounds, and Bell, a junior, will compete in the 189-pound weight bracket at the boys regional tournament, which will start at 10 a.m. at Montesano High School.

All told, the top five in each of the 14 weight classes will advance to the 22nd annual WIAA Mat Classic, set for Feb. 19-20 in the Tacoma Dome.

Like Ladiges and Bell, Gibson, a sophomore, will be trying to qualify for her first state wrestling tournament. Qualifying for girls will be held at Black Hills High School, starting at 10 a.m.

Last Saturday, Columbia High had seven boys participate in the 2010 SWW 1A Trico Division championships (aka sub-regional meet) at La Center High School.

Ladiges and Bell led the way for CHS, winning their first individual Trico titles, while junior Gage Miller placed fifth at 152 and will be an alternate to the regional meet.

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