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The Hillsboro wrestler will be a part of the Salem school's inaugural women's program this fall.

COURTESY PHOTO - Juliana Raabe signs her letter of intent to wrestle for Corban University outside the gymnasium at Hillsboro High School. Front row left to right: Kimberly Raabe, Juliana Raabe, Joseph Raabe. Second row: Coaches Ralph Medina, Josh Schertenleib. Back row: Sara Harsin, Ron Staub, Stephen Moreno, Corban head coach Stryder Davis, and Hilhi athletic director Steve Drake.Whoever said wrestling isn't for girls?

Over the last 30 years, girls high school wrestling has grown every year, last year increasing by a whopping 27.5%. Beginning in 1990 with just more than 100 participants, last year the sport saw 21,124 girls go out for wrestling and 2,890 schools offer the sport, an increase of 22.9%. One of those girls is Hillsboro High School's Juliana Raabe, who fulfilled a dream of competing collegiately when she signed her letter of intent to attend and wrestle for Corban University in Salem this coming fall.

"When I began wrestling freshman year it was a small group of four girls beginning our female program, and I am proud to say it has grown to over 20 girls this year," Raabe said. "I have always wanted to pursue athletics in college and I am thankful I have been given the opportunity to continue my wrestling career on Corban's first women's wrestling team."

Raabe, who finished sixth in the highly competitive 120-pound weight division at the OSAA Girls North Regional tournament, Feb. 7-8, chose the private school in Salem based on a few different reasons.

"I chose Corban University because I felt like it would be a good fit for me academically, and I love the beautiful campus," she said.

The senior grappler is currently undecided as to what she plans to study in college, but also said she's interested in Corban's forensic psychology program.

She thanked her parents, Kim and Mckenzie Raabe, for always supporting her, along with coaches Josh Schertenleib and Ralph Medina for "pushing me to get better every day."

And what will she remember most about her time at Hilhi? Not just her work in the classroom, or simply her time on the mat, but the mindset created by a school full of people that consistently pushed her to be her best: "The thing I will remember most about Hilhi is how hard I have been pushed to be the best version of myself both on and off the mat."

The 2020-21 wrestling season will be the first for Corban University after becoming the fourth full-time member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference to add the sport for women.


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