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Brother and sister united for Union wrestling at county tourney

Brosius siblings and Titans win big at Clark County; plus photos of all matches

Union’ sophomore wrestler Kyle Brosius could not sit still. He had too much nervous energy.

He was, after all, just moments away from competing for a championship at the Clark County Wrestling Tournament.

Only, it was not his match that was the fuel for his restlessness. Before he could wrestle Saturday night, he watched his younger sister in a championship match.

Kyle Brosius is boys 160 winner and Kayla Brosius is the girls 115 winner.
Kyle Brosius and Kayla Brosius. Photo by Mike Schultz

“It was more nerve-racking to watch her,” Kyle said of Kayla Brosius. “When I’m watching her, I get so amped up because I want her to win so bad.”

Kayla Brosius did her part, claiming the 115-pound title of the girls competition with a win over Kelso’s Trinity Lien.

A few minutes later, it was Kyle’s opportunity in the boys tournament. Kyle Brosius topped Logan Knudson of Columbia River in the 160-pound final.

“It was pretty cool to get a little bit of recognition, if you want to call it that,” Kyle said. “To be called the best in Clark County, the place I live, it’s amazing. It’s awesome.”

“It just felt really good,” said Kayla, a freshman. “It felt really good not only to do it for myself, but for my team.”

Oh yes, the Brosius victories were Union victories, too. The Titans won the team titles for both the boys and girls tournaments.

Kayla Brosius was “right on the side of the mat” when her brother won his match Saturday night.

“During his matches, I don’t say I get stressed out, but I do get really nervous,” Kayla said.

Then, when the family watches video of each other’s matches, it is Kayla’s voice that is the loudest when Kyle is competing.

Kyle said he had extra motivation to win his championship.

“As soon as she won, uh oh, I have to amp it up. I have to do my job now,” he said. “I couldn’t let her have that edge on me at all.”

That is about it for sibling rivalry, though. In fact, these two say they rarely argue.

“Best friends,” Kayla said.

“We’ve been best friends since day one, basically” Kyle added.

Kayla added that it was Kyle who got her into wrestling, making Saturday next even more special for the family.

Boys Wrestling

The Union boys won five individual titles on the way to the team title: Brandon Esperto (113), Noah Talavera (138), Danny Snedicker (152), Brosius (160), and Josh Barber (285).

Snedicker and Skyview’s Jackson McKinney (195) repeated as Clark County champions. McKinney defeated another defending champion, Michael Garrison of King’s Way Christian, in the finals.

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Girls Wrestling

The Union girls won five individual titles, leading to a team title. It is the first time a team other than Washougal won the girls team event. Union’s winners were: Brosius (115), Izzy Morales (125), Riley Aamold (130), Krista Warren (145), and Annabelle Helm (155).

Hikare Abe of Skyview (105) Eliana Duff of Fort Vancouver (110), Helm, Allison Blaine of Hudson’s Bay (140), and Cece Sayler of Skyview (170) all won this year after winning last year as well.

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About The Author

Paul Valencia joins after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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