Regional champion

Cervantes wins region title in just 31 seconds


February 16, 2023

Justin Johnson

Shelton High School sophomore EliBeth Cervantes looks for an opening against Hoquiam's Meribel Mazariegoes during a 145-pound semifinal bout at the 1B/2B/1A/2A Region 2 girls wrestling tournament Saturday at the Mini-Dome in Shelton. Cervantes pinned Mazariegos in one minute, 56 seconds. Cervantes went on to pin Washoughal's Aliyha Vargas, top photo, in 31 seconds during the championship bout.

She held it in as long as she could.

In the seconds after EliBeth Cervantes became the first girls wrestler from Shelton High School to win a regional title in 14 years, she danced her way through congratulatory fist bumps and short hugs from her teammates and coaches until she reached her father, Henry.

As father and daughter embraced, the emotion flowed.

A dream realized, but a tale not quite finished.

"It feels great; Being able to feel like I've accomplished more and that I'm being a better wrestler," Cervantes said. "Going from barely qualifying (for state) to now being the number o...

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