Wilsonville wrestler drowns in Green Peter Lake

The body of a Wilsonville teenager was recovered by a Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday night at the Thistle Creek Boat Ramp at Green Peter Lake, Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

The victim, Colton Christopher Holly, 16, from Wilsonville, was a student at Wilsonville High School who had participated in the Santiam Wrestling Camp at Sweet Home High School, which ended Thursday morning.

He and about 20 other members of his wrestling team had been swimming and jumping off the boat dock. According to witnesses he was last seen about one to one and a half hours prior to a 9-1-1 call made at 10:38 p.m.

When it was discovered he was missing from the group, adult leaders and other team members searched the area for him, Mueller said.

Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded. They located the boy’s body at 11:54 p.m., in about 20 feet of water about 50 feet from the boat ramp. Medics attempted to resuscitate the victim but were unsuccessful, Mueller said.

There were no visible signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected. Holly’s body was taken to Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

The New Era will provide further details and photo coverage in the July 14 edition.