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Vale female wrestler is making waves in prep girls wrestling

Taylor Richardson, a Vale High School freshman, talks about her prep wrestling career on the mat at the high school Monday. Richardson is preparing to compete at the state tournament in Portland. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

 VALE – Tyler Richardson is a pioneer. 

The 15-year-old is a trailblazer in high school wrestling who reached the top spot at the state level, when that achievement wasn’t expected to happen at all. 

The Vale High School freshman is the Vikings’ first and only female wrestler to qualify for the inaugural Oregon School Activities Association girls wrestling state championship, set to be held next Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. 

Richardson, who started wrestling three years ago as a seventh-grader at Vale Middle School, landed a spot to compete in the 140 . . .