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Edwards eighth at wrestling nationals

 

July 25, 2017



Sweet Home sophomore-to-be Katen Edwards finished eighth in freestyle at the U.S. Cadet Women’s national tournament last week in Fargo, N.D.

Edwards went 1-3, but finished with All-American status, which goes to the top eight finishers, Coach Steve Thorpe said.

Marissa Kurtz was one win away from the podium in both freestyle and Greco.

Oregon’s dual meet women’s team went 3-3.

On the boys side, Nich James and Travis Thorpe “competed hard,” Steve Thorpe said.

“Oregon entered 51 wrestlers in Cadets and ended up with three All-Americans in freestyle and three in Greco,” he said. “In Juniors we entered 41 and ended with four All-Americans in freestyle and three in Greco. In women’s we had five Cadet All-Americans and four in the Junior division.”

Forty-one states were represented with 4,000 wrestlers in the tournaments, he said.

“This is the kind of thing that puts a cap on our spring and summer wrestling. All this extra time is not just making them a better wrestler but a better athlete in other sports. Now they’re going to do football or cross-country or soccer or volleyball. Now it’s time to be a well-rounded athlete.

“I guarantee you not many people are doing the training they’ve been doing. I’m very proud but we’re all ready for a little down time.”

 
 

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