Tyler Richardson

Vale’s Tyler Richardson, right, finishes a single leg takedown on Hood River Valley’s Elena Kroll during their championship match on Saturday.

WILSONVILLE — The Oregon School Activities Association’s July Executive Board Meeting came with big news for girls wrestlers in the state of Oregon, as they have doubled the size of the state tournament for the upcoming school year.

Last year was the OSAA’s first year of having girls wrestling as an official varsity sport. At the Girls Wrestling State Tournament, each weight class had four wrestlers (the top two from the two divisions).

Malheur County was well represented at the state tournament last winter. Vale freshman Tyler Richardson was the county’s first girls wrestling state champion, winning at 145 pounds. Nyssa’s Noelle Acosta (155) and Ontario’s Abby Osei (235) both brought home third-place medals.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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