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Ground-breaking SH wrestling camp for girls looks to be tip of bigger wave


July 14, 2021

SWEET HOME alum Marissa Kurtz demonstrates a wrestling move on Southern Oregon University teammate Macie Stewart as campers watch in the Sweet Home gym last week.

Two dozen girls sat on the floor of Sweet Home High School's Main Gym Thursday, July 8, watching two college women wrestlers demonstrate how to turn an opponent to score points in a freestyle match.

They were part of the first-ever women's-only wrestling camp to be held in the state of Oregon that was open to all comers ranging from fifth grade through high school.

"There have been (boys') camps where women could attend and we have our women's national camp, but that is specifically for our national team. So to have one like this is a first," said Sweet Home Coach Steve Thorpe, who organiz...

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