Scappoose Women’s Wrestling Team Takes off with New OWA Women’s Division and School District Support.

With blood, sweet, tears, and black eyes it’s not a shocker that girls wrestling team worked hard to exceeded all expectations.

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Scappoose Women’s Wrestling Team Takes off with New OWA Women’s Division and School District Support.

Tosha Lopez

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Women Wrestlers have been on the scene for many years, the olympics have acknowledged womens wrestling as a mens and womens sport yet Oregon Wrestling Association, better known as OWA, just introduced a Women’s Only division this year making it an official womens sport statewide. Women Wrestlers have been a slow increase at SHS with Emma Jones, Taylor Johnston, and Karlie Ragan competing with the boys team in the 2017-2018 season. Now with the 2018-2019 season approaching the numbers of girls interested in women’s wrestling tripled with a women’s team in place for the coming season. 

Mr. Jones was hired as the head coach for the women’s team, as well as Robby Buxiton as the assistant coach. This season the women’s team grew to a total of 9 girls. With the Scappoose School district board approving school funding for womens wrestling. Outright the women’s team was able to purchase womens fitted singlets, new girls warm up sets and paid for all the entrance fees for all of the women only matches.

The women’s wrestling regionals bracket is set up where the top two from each weight class qualifies for state, unlike the boys regions that the top four qualify for state. Our Scappoose women’s team had 3 state qualifiers, Bella Amero, Emma Jones, and Belle Erhardt. Amero placed 3rd at state as a freshmen, and Jones placed 4th as a junior.

Amero has been wrestling for many years priors and shares her experience in her first high school wrestling season, “I think this year was different because it had a lot more support than it had before and people were a lot more excited for it and there was a stronger backbone I guess for it to be successful. I think the support and funding changed a lot because we got our own gear and  we were able to go to like girls only tournaments and stuff like that, And go other places on our own and stuff. And so it the support help us to be able to go other places and have more independence.” she said.

The outcome of this first season exceeded all expectations then what the school board, wrestlers, and coaches had thought. Plans for the season had been to learn the sport and have fun, but the group of girls took it to a whole new level. Head coach Jim Jones plans for next year, “recurite, recurite, recurite. We want to get a lot more people. It was a fantastic group I’ve coached for a long time now and it was definitely one of the most enjoyable group I’ve ever had. They just worked really hard together, very supportive of each other, competed really hard to the best of our abilities. I just want to continue that trend.”

Women’s Wrestling has taken off in the world with the Olympics to small towns like Scappoose adopting the sport for women here at our school. The community has be extremely supportive of the new women’s sport with supporting at the girls only home matches and more younger girls joining the Scappoose Wrestling youth team. Women’s Wrestling has been acknowledged by some, but there are still boundaries put up by other male wrestlers, parents, social norms, and the Oregon Wrestling Association itself.

“I think it’s really cool that girls had the opportunity  to go to state and wrestle there with the boys on the same day, hower I do think that it isn’t completely equal, with girls you had to place top two at regionals to go to state and we only have two regions so only two girls from each weight class got to go to state, I don’t feel like that equal with the boys. I think the boys have more opportunities but I know they are working on getting it changed. So I think as women’s wrestling  continues to grow that will have to grow to.” Jones said