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Wrestlers win big over Cottage Grove; girls qualify for state championships


February 7, 2017

FRESHMAN heavyweight David McMullen takes down Cottage Grove’s Nick Naro en route to a pin that iced the shutout fort the Huskies.

Sweet Home dominated a young Cottage Grove team in its final dual meet of the wrestling season Thursday, winning 82-0.

It was a historic day not only as the team bid good-bye to 11 seniors, most of whom wrestled Thursday and won, but as Gracie Olson scored a win against Cottage Grove’s Richelle Rolfe at 106 pounds – the first time a girl has wrestled for Sweet Home at home “under the lights” versus another girl.

“This shows the evolution of the sport,” Coach Steve Thorpe said of Olson, a senior, who started wrestling last year. He noted that Marissa Kurtz, a sophomore this year, has wrestled varsity for Sweet Home in the past.

Both of them qualified for the state women’s tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Wrestling Association’s women’s qualifying tournament at Thurston, which drew girls from 72 high schools.

“It’s blowing up,” Thorpe said of high school girls’ participation in the sport. Thurston has 22 girls wrestling.

Kurtz placed second at 106 pounds and Olson was third at that weight. Freshman Lexi Schilling was eighth and freshman Katen Edwards missed the podium at 126 pounds, but helped the Huskies to fifth place in the team standings, Thorpe said.

Against Cottage Grove on Thursday, Sweet Home looked clinical, dispatching all but one of the Lions – and the one exception, freshman Nich James, won the 170-pound bout with a major decision.

“We kind of got on a roll there,” Thorpe said. “We wrestled really well. We train to beat everybody we wrestle, or at least try to.”

He said he appreciated being able to host a team coached by Kyle Temple, who once wrestled for Thorpe and coached at Sweet Home as well.

“Coach Temple bumped a couple of JV guys into the varsity line-up so our kids could have matches. He understands the importance of Senior Night.”

Per tradition, the senior wrestlers left their shoes at the edge of the mat following their bouts and later addressed the team in a private meeting, telling what wrestling for Sweet Home meant to them.

Sweet Home’s boys will defend their regional title at the regional tournament, starting at noon Friday and Saturday at Philomath.

Sweet Home 82, Cottage Grove 0

BRYSON DENVER waits for the referee’s call as he pins Cottage Grove’s Trace Nelson.

106 – Gracie Olson (SH) pinned Richelle Rolfe (CG) 1:00; 113 – Robert Watkins (SH) pinned Chance Ralston (CG) 1:03; 120 – Robbie Yunke (SH) pinned Aaron Boitz (CG) 4:54); 126 – Travis Thorpe (SH) pinned Jacob Dunn (CG) 1:46; 132 – Kobe Olson (SH) pinned Levi Boitz (CG) 0:41; 138 – Ricky Yunke (SH) pinned Fernando Soto-Cruz (CG) 1:01; 145 – Boe Baxter (SH) pinned Drew Swenson (CG) 1:18; 152 – Jake Porter (SH) pinned Oden Armstrong (CG) 0:40; 160 – Nich James (SH) maj. dec. Nathan Farrell (CG) 10-1; 170 – Bryson Denver (SH) pinned Trace Nelson (CG) 2:30; 182 – Bryce Coulter (SH) pinned Kevin Dennis (CG) 1:24; 195 – Devin Stafford (SH) pinned Austin Dempsey (CG) 0:41; 220 – Josh Rice (SH) won by forfeit; 285 – David McMullen (SH) pinned Nicholas Naro (CG) 2:00.


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