After COVID shutdown, wrestlers flock to Santiam camp


July 21, 2021

STEVE THORPE, center right, and Ethan Spencer demonstrate a move last week to participants at the Santiam Wrestling Camp.

Dozens of wrestlers covered mats on the floor of the Sweet Home High School Sweet Home hosted its annual Santiam Wrestling Camp for boys July 10-13, after a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The camp attracted nearly 100 wrestlers from all over the state, which was less than it has had in the past, but was still affirming for Sweet Home Coach Steve Thorpe.

"I thought it was a very successful camp, especially since we haven't had one since 2019," he said. "This is one of the first coming off of COVID. I know people sure are grateful."

The camp included 35 of Oregon's nation...

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