Baker junior Sydney Keller becomes the Bulldogs' first girls state champion wrestler tonight by winning the 115-pound title match at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. Keller defeated West Albany's Emily Alvis, 14-2. This is the first year Baker has fielded a girls wrestling team.
Later in the evening Baker's Hon Rushton also won an individual title, pinning his longtime rival, Nathan Reed of La Grande, at 182 pounds. Rushton avenged a loss to Reed in the district championship match last weekend.
Keller won the state title despite not competing full-time. She is also a starting guard on Baker's 2nd-ranked basketball team, which will play host to a playoff game March 6. Keller finished the season with a 12-1 match record. Alvis, who finished second, had a 30-2 record entering the championship match.