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Vale’s Tyler Richardson claims second wrestling title

Vale’s Tyler Richardson defeated Elbereth Ragsdale of Glencoe High School to win the championship at 140 pounds at the Class 3A state wrestling championships in Portland Saturday. (For the Enterprise/Ronald Bond, La Grande Observer)

PORTLAND – Tyler Richardson wasn’t expecting to be down five points within 30 seconds of her championship wrestling match Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

But her opponent, Elbereth Ragsdale of Glencoe High School, surprised Richardson.

“She came right off the whistle and I was starting slow like I usually do. I got rolled and she got her take down and near-fall points,” said Richardson.

Richardson said she was in danger of being pinned.

“Right off it was 5-0 and I was like this can’t be happening,” said Richardson.

Richardson quickly recovered and moments . . .