Kelsie Rush commits to wrestle for Linfield University


May 24, 2023

Scott Swanson

Kelsie Rush signs a letter of intent to compete in wrestling for Linfield University during a ceremony at Sweet Home High School May 18. With her are her parents, Heather and Daniel Goodwin.

Kelsie Rush may not have been thinking long-term when she asked Coach Steve Thorpe in the summer of 2021 about the possibility of participating in the inaugural women's-only wrestling camp to be held in the state of Oregon, hosted by Sweet Home High School.

"Kelsie came to camp with Riley Watkins, neither of whom had ever wrestled," Thorpe recalled. "There were just a handful of girls there – 24. It was the first one."

But Thursday, May 18, it was clear that Rush has come a long way from that initial introduction to the sport, as she signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the newly es...

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