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Parkrose features two female wrestlers in its varsity lineup.


Thursday night’s wrestling meet between Sandy and Parkrose was more of a formality than anything else. The result, a 59-16 Sandy triumph, came as a shock to no one. The Pioneers were dominant, winning eight matches by fall.

“We did what we expected to do and performed really well,” 195-pound wrestler Logan McLain said. “We didn’t change the way we prepared, just because they weren’t the toughest team.”

Even though the overall outcome was lopsided, there were a few individual matches with plenty of intrigue. In the 113-pound match, Sandy’s Kyle Grahn went head-to-head with female wrestler Prescilla Tran.

“It’s a little different going against a girl,” Grahn said. “I tried not to think about it too much. Once the match started, I forgot about that whole thing and I was just going for the win.”

Grahn did win by fall with 21 seconds left in the second round, but he had to work for it. Tran was no pushover.

It isn’t unheard of for a wrestling team to have a female wrestler. To have two is a different story, as McLain learned first-hand. When his 195-pound match rolled around, he too had a female wrestler, Kyeanna Henry, staring him down from across the mat.

McLain earned the pin at the 1:36 mark, but Henry held her own.

“I had no idea girls wrestled this high,” McLain said. “I wrestled her once before and that was really weird. It’s awkward, but you just have to go out and wrestle like it’s any other match.”

Aside from Grahn and McLain, eight other Pioneers notched wins. In the 120-pound match, Dakota Peterson won by technical fall (20-3) and 170-pounder Devin White won by forfeit. Donavan Morrell (106), Jonathan Morrell (126), Brandon Mowery (138), Tyler White (152), C.J. McKinnis (160) and Kyle Bateman (182) all won by fall as Sandy coasted to victory.

Sandy improved to 3-0 in league duals, moving alone into first place after Wilsonville lost to Sherwood 45-27 last week. The Pioneers travel to Rex Putnam on Wednesday, Jan. 16 before competing at the Oregon Wrestling Classic tournament over the weekend.