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Royer, Thorpe win repeat state wrestling championships as SH team just misses


March 4, 2020

Travis Thorpe rejoices after winning a second straight state wrestling championship Saturday night, Feb. 29, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Huskies just missed winning a team title as well. FOR ALL PHOTOS, SEE OUR PHOTO GALLERY:

By Scott Swanson

Of The New Era

It was oh-so-close, but Sweet Home's wrestlers fell just short of beating a stacked La Grande team in the state championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29.

But the Huskies came away with two state champions, Jackson Royer at 138 pounds and Travis Thorpe at 160 – both successfully defending titles they'd won last year – along with 11 other placewinners, including consolation champion Nich James at 182.

Sweet Home brought a record number of qualifiers to the tournament – 23. La Grande put seven wrestlers in the finals, including all five of the upper...

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