FARGO, N.D. – Tilynne Vasquez did everything she could Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t quite enough to win her second prestigious wrestling tournament of the summer.
Vasquez, the Kalispell Flathead wrestler who finished sixth at the Class AA tournament in February, fell in the championship match of the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Women’s Nationals, falling to Idaho’s Brelane Huber on criteria. The final score of the match officially goes down as 7-7.
Vasquez took an early 2-0 lead after a first-period takedown, but Huber added two points of her own to tie the match entering the second period. After trailing 6-2, Vasquez added a reversal and then throw to eventually tie the match at 7-7, but Huber held the tiebreaker criteria and was crowned the 106-pound national champion.
Earlier this month, Vasquez, who will be a sophomore at Flathead this fall, captured gold in the 108-pound division of the Pan-American Games in Argentina. The No. 3 seed in the tournament, she defeated Canada’s Melissa Fryer 6-1 in the finals.
Vasquez’s pursuit of another gold continues at these U.S. Marine Corps Cadet/Junior National Championships when she enters the bracket for the Junior Women’s Nationals. That tournament is slated to begin on Wednesday.