KUHS Women Wrestlers
Written by KU Student Cooper Roberts and Mentor Susan Kramer
Klamath Union High School’s wrestling program has welcomed women on the team in recent years and, by the end of the 2017-18 season, the number female wrestlers almost equaled that of mail team members.
Hailey Anderson, a junior at Klamath Union, in her first year on the team, placed third at two tournaments. “I felt like my hard work in practice had finally paid off.” Anderson remarked “I’m glad I had such good practice partners to push me to new levels.” Anderson placed third at both the Ashland all girls tournament and the Modoc tournament in Alturas, California.
Esmeralda Tarula, a sophomore, won a match at the Regional tournament in Murphy, Oregon at Hidden Valley High School. “I didn’t think I would be able to win a match this year with so many talented wrestlers in the state.” Tarula stated “When regionals came around and I beat a boy, I was super excited. It was the best feeling in the world.”
Jayd Martin, a sophomore has been wrestling for two seasons. She had another fun year on the team. Martin has been working extremely hard over the past two years to be the best wrestler she can be “It may be hard, but once you get through the pain, you can do anything.” Martin stated.
All of the girls are coached by Dave Coker. Coker has been the Klamath Union wrestling coach for many seasons. Coker is very excited about the growth of a female wrestling program.
The girls on the team hope for a more significant growth of female wrestlers at KU. In coming seasons, the goal is to have an independent girls wrestling team.