Vale’s Williams To Wrestle For Riverhawks

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VALE – Recent Vale graduate (as of Sunday, May 19) Jessica Williams will continue her time on the mat as the Viking will become a Riverhawk and wrestle collegiately for Umpqua Community College. Williams will also be a dual sport college athlete and take on catching duties for the Riverhawks softball team.

Williams joined with family and teammates on Thursday, May 16 to make her college career official.

“Umpqua was my first choice to wrestle for and I am so happy that is where I am going,” said Williams.

While not on the mat or on the field, Williams will be pursuing a degree in elementary education.

“I just love the littler kids, like grade kindergarten through third grade,” she explained.

The new Riverhawk has many memories of her time on the Vale team and just one regret.

“I really wish I would have started wrestling earlier in life,” Williams said. “I started because Tyler Richardson told me I was mean enough to wrestle and it just took off from there.”

Take off it did as the former Viking finished fourth at the prestigious Rallie Lane tournament her senior year.

“I will always remember running up to the ‘V’ on the hill and then jumping in the river on the way back,” Williams recalled.

With the number of Vale female wrestlers continuing to increase along with the numbers moving on to the collegiate ranks growing, Williams has advice to younger, future Vikings.

“Never be afraid to try something new,” she said. “I did and now it has turned into a college career in Roseburg.”

Williams will join a diverse team including teammates from New Jersey, Idaho, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Canada.

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