By Benny Westcott
The New Era 

Girls wrestling camp continues to grow


July 19, 2023

Benny Westcott

Sixth-grader Leila Newman from the Brookings Harbor School District does a cartwheel in warmups.

The Santiam Wrestling Camp has been a mainstay at Sweet Home High School for over two decades, attracting young athletes from across the state - on the boys side. But three years ago, longtime organizer and Sweet Home High School head coach Steve Thorpe decided to start a girls camp too, and it's been taking off.

That first year, in the summer of 2021, as the sport was still trying to shrug off the effects of the COVID pandemic, 24 girls came to the camp.

This year, for the camp that took place July 9-12, that number was up to 70. So it seems like the idea to start a girls camp was a pret...

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