Freshman Chafin wins to lead girls to second place in state wrestling


March 1, 2023

Benny Westcott

No. 2 in state: Sweet Home's girls show off their second-place state trophy at the 4A/3A/2A/1A championships Friday, Feb. 25. From left are Lydia Wright, Mahlia Lane, Bailey Chafin, Kelsie Rush, Zoey Erevia, Kendra Jamison, Kaylene Zajic and Alyssa Peterson. To see more photos from of action at state, visit

On the strength of four place-winners, Sweet Home's girls finished just short of a team championship in the inaugural 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships Friday, Sept. 24, losing 77-71 to La Pine. Baker/Powder Valley was fourth with 66, followed by La Grande with 46 points.

"We took five girls there," Coach Steve Thorpe said. "Quite honestly, I didn't know exactly what to expect. This is the first time they've separated the divisions out like that."

His wrestlers, though, knew what they were there for, he said.

"Those girls absolutely showed up to get some work done."

Freshman Bailey Chafin, w...

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