Wrestling history missing vital piece


After reading the three pages, on the Husky wrestlers putting Sweet Home on the map, in the Dec. 23 edition of The New Era, I was stunned, disappointed and disgusted with the writer who put the wrestling history together.

In 67 years Sweet Home had three three-time state champions, one of them being Marissa Kurtz, but you never mentioned her.

In addition to being a three-time state champion, she also won the Oregon triple crown champion, which no other Sweet Home wrestler has won.

She was awarded the Tyrone S. Wood Memorial trophy in Portland, for the most outstanding wrestler. This was the first time it had ever been awarded to a girl wrestler.

I believe she is still the only girl state champion from Sweet Home.

As well as Steve Thorpe coaching, several others helped her constantly. They were Steve Schilling, Fritz Yunke and Tomas Rosa.

In the last five years there have been many hard-working and dedicated girls that have months of evenings and weekends, practicing and participating in dozens of tournaments. Several of them have attained very successful results that were also a credit to Sweet Home wrestling history.

We feel it is wrong, for all the months and years several of these gals put in and went to state with no credit given.

Wes Marchbanks

Sweet Home