Two state place-winners return to lead wrestling girls as team size mushrooms


December 1, 2021

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Sweet Home's girls wrestling squad includes, in front, from left, Cadence Makinson, Riley Watkins, Trinity Landtroop, Paige Chafin, Zoey Erivia, Akemi Jimenez and Kaylene Zajic. In the rear, from left, are Coach Gracie Stutzman, Miah Miller, Kelsie Rush, Natalie Templin, Alissa Petersen, Kami Hart, Kendra Jamison, Ivy Dewitte, McKinzi Neese and Coach Steve Thorpe.

One thing is certain, going into this year's wrestling season: Sweet Home's girls program is on a significant upward trajectory – size-wise, at the very least.

But if last year was any indication, the girls are following the footsteps of the boys in success on the mat as well.

Last year the Huskies, who numbered five wrestlers, finished second behind 5A-Division Thurston, which had 21 members.

All four of Sweet Home's girls who made the state tournament last spring placed: seniors Jessy Hart and Sicily Neuschwander finished second and juniors Paige Chafin and Kami Hart were third.


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