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Women’s Wrestling News (2021) – # 10 {High School}


TDR Editor’s Notes ;
These articles are from many different states with news of girls’ wrestling on the high school level. Some are still wrestling on the boys teams but a growing number of states have started their competition for girls wrestling teams. These teams have met in innaugural state championship tournaments. Over half of the states now have sanctioned high school wrestling as a separate sports. Keep on growing the opportunities for wrestling!
E-mail us at the Editor’s office at martinkfleming@gmail.com
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1 } – {oklahoma} Broken Arrow leads the way at girls wrestling East Regional
BROKEN ARROW — It was a historic day for high school wrestling in Oklahoma on Monday. For the first time, girls from across the state competed in a west regional in Edmond and an east regional in Broken Arrow to determine who will compete at the first officially sanctioned OSSAA state girls meet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 25. Broken Arrow dominated the regional, winning four weight classes to top the team standings, amassing 163 points. Jay was second with 121.

Broken Arrow coach Cassidy Jasperson was happy with how the Tigers performed. “This is opportunity for the girls,” Jasperson said. “They work hard every day, and getting to showcase that for people is something they deserve. It has been a long time coming, and I am so proud to be a part of it. I know each and every girl in the state is glad to be a part of it.” … rest of story at https://tulsaworld.com/ba-leads-the-way-at-girls-wrestling-east-regional/article_fd6e8364-6a77-11eb-9624-ef21414e39dc.html?mc_cid=82bfd879a8&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

2 } – {Ohio} Miami East High School student becomes first girl to place at boys state wrestling tournament
MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami East High School senior became the first girl to place at a boys state wrestling tournament. Miami Valley Today reported that Olivia Shore made history at the boys state wrestling tournament with her second win of the tournament Saturday. Shore finished in the top six and will begin her college career at Tiffin University next year. … rest of story at https://www.wdtn.com/news/local-news/miami-east-high-school-student-becomes-first-girl-to-place-at-boys-state-wrestling-tournament/?mc_cid=1e4a49e3cd&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

3 } – {tennessee} Tindall is Carter’s first state wrestling champion!
Jailynn Tindall’s move from Georgia to Strawberry Plains last summer has proved to be just peachy for Carter High School. Tindall, a junior, notched a TSSAA state wrestling championship in the girls’ 140-pound weight class Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention Center. “As far as I know, she is Carter’s first state champion in wrestling,” said Coach Tim Free. According to TSSAA’s state championship history, Carter has had 21 appearances in state wrestling events, but never a champion … until now!

Tindall pinned Cane Ridge junior Bryce White in 2 minutes and 56 seconds for the title. “When she came off the mat, she said she couldn’t believe it,” recalled Coach Free. “She was very, very happy. She was in tears and I was too.” Jailynn then gave her coach a big hug. “I think she did a great job,” said Free. “She listened very well and executed. “She did great. I’m very, very proud of her.” … rest of story at https://knoxfocus.com/archives/this-weeks-focus/tindall-is-carters-first-state-wrestling-champion/?mc_cid=d34d798fb2&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

4 } – {oklahoma} Wagoner wrestling pioneer Alexis Miller focusing on first girls OSSAA state tournament
Wagoner senior Alexis Miller said she isn’t always as mad as she seems before an important wrestling match. “People tell me they didn’t even think I could smile because I’m always ‘mean-muggin’,” she said. “But honestly, I’m almost always happy.” Rated the nation’s No. 9 high school female in her weight by USA Wrestling, Miller simply wants to focus on the business at hand. “I can laugh and smile afterwards,” she said.

She was grinning from ear to ear in Broken Arrow last week after winning the first girls-only wrestling regional sanctioned by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Miller pinned all four tourney foes, including Vian’s Avery Richey in the championship match at 107 pounds. She’s now headed back to Oklahoma City on Feb. 25 to compete in the first OSSAA-sanctioned state tournament.

“It’s something I’ve worked at for a long time,” she said. “I’ve tried to promote women’s wrestling any way possible, and to have an official state tournament means a lot. I didn’t know it was going to happen before I got out of school, and I’m just grateful to get to wrestle in one.” … rest of story at https://tulsaworld.com/community/wagoner/wagoner-wrestling-pioneer-alexis-miller-focusing-on-first-girls-ossaa-state-tournament/article_6c661808-6e4d-11eb-88e1-53736622ee3b.html?mc_cid=83f6447486&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And Schedule And Brackets For The First Ever Girls OSSAA State Championship
On Thursday the first ever OSSAA sanctioned girls wrestling state championships will take place. The schedule of events and brackets are listed below.
The State Wrestling Tournaments will be held in Oklahoma City at the State Fairgrounds Arena.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS … rest of story at https://owrestle.com/schedule-and-brackets-for-the-first-ever-girls-ossaa-state-championship/

5 } – {montana} Great Falls High’s Kaylin Taylor chasing girls wrestling history
CASCADE — According to Montana High School Association figures released earlier this month, there are 169 girls competing in the first year that girls wrestling was sanctioned as an official high school sport. But in Great Falls, there is only one. That would be Great Falls High freshman Kaylin Taylor.

The first thing you’ll notice about Taylor is her signature sense of style, exemplified by the bright, colorful and loud socks she wears every time she steps on the mat. “I’ve been wearing rainbow socks at a lot of my tournaments since at least seventh grade,” she said. “But I have a lot of other crazy socks that I like to wear.”

She’s not kidding. In middle school tournaments, Taylor would frequently rock dyed pink hair and a Wonder Woman singlet. To this day, she continues to draw compliments from opponents and fans alike. “Just a little bit ago in my last match, she was telling me how she liked my socks,” Taylor said. … rest of story at https://www.montanasports.com/high-school-sports/wrestling/great-falls-highs-kaylin-taylor-chasing-girls-wrestling-history?mc_cid=5e3b2f2de3&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And Prep Notebook: The ultimate dream for girls’ wrestling comes true Friday in Billings
When Kaylin Taylor takes center stage this Friday, it will mark her beginning. When Rebecca Stroh toes the line, she’ll will be nearing the end. And when Lily Grismer steps into the circle, she’ll be somewhere in the middle. This is the story of three girls from three different schools and in three different stages of high school who will be part of history Friday morning when the very first All-Class Girls’ State Wrestling Tournament gets underway at the Lockwood High School gymnasium. The 103-pound Taylor is a freshman at Great Falls High. … rest of story at https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/sports/2021/02/18/prep-notebook-montana-girls-wrestling-kaylin-taylor-rebecca-stroh-lily-grismer/4496598001/?mc_cid=279b9a2f50&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

6 } – {colorado} McKenna Reynolds a product of Vista Ridge girls wrestling’s pack mentality culture
Culture is often pointed out as a crucial factor in the success of athletic programs. A culture provides a roadmap for how a program runs and what it takes to sustain success both in competition and in life outside the sport. Like every girls wrestling team in the state, Vista Ridge is competing in its first season as a CHSAA sanctioned sport. But the Wolves have spent the better part of five years building a culture that will promote success for this year and for years down the road.

McKenna Reynolds is a product of that. She’s off to a dominant 10-0 start to the season and has been relishing the chance for her, and all girls wrestlers across the state, to showcase the skills needed to be successful. “I wanted people to understand that just because you’re a female, you can’t do really cool stuff,” she said. “That was a problem for a while. I just wanted to make sure people knew you could still do cool stuff.”

In each match, Reynolds has had her hand raised after pinning her opponents. It’s a reward for the way that the Wolves force themselves to work and get better. Rather than designating team captains, the team operates on a pack leadership mentality and it’s something that has been noticed by USA Wrestling. … rest of story at https://chsaanow.com/2021-02-12/mckenna-reynolds-a-product-of-vista-ridge-girls-wrestlings-pack-mentality-culture/?mc_cid=a6cfb4b322&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And Boundary to Boundary Colorado HS Girls – Legacy Head Coach Jeremy Cortez
Episode #82 of Boundary to Boundary – Colorado HS with Jeremy Cortez Legacy HS Girls head coach. This 4X state qualifier is taking on the duties of head coach of the district girls team with Legacy as the host school. The five school – Thornton, Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range and Northglenn all are sending wrestlers to Legacy to combine as one unified team. … rest of story and video link at http://insidecoloradowrestling.com/index.php/11-uncategorized/1877-boundary-to-boundary-colorado-hs-girls-legacy-head-coach-jeremy-cortez?mc_cid=76aa098ad3&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

7 } – {utah} For first time in UHSAA history, girls wrestling will be a championship sport this week
SARATOGA SPRINGS — American Leadership Academy sophomore Olivia Carrillo has wrestled boys. She has wrestled girls. She’s not afraid to measure herself against any gender of competition. But the 158-pound grappler with a 21-2 record and 18 pins admits there are plenty of advantages to separating a sport that has long been coed into their respective gender classifications. With girls wrestling being in its first year as a sanctioned sport by the Utah High School Activities Association, the comparisons between boys and girls wrestlers won’t stop. But for the first time in Carrillo’s life, the playing field is a little more level.

“You feel like you have to measure up to the boys, kind of, with girls wrestling being so new,” said Carrillo, who was one of 119 all-state wrestlers honored in 2021. “We all have to prove ourselves out there, which is kind of nerve-wracking.” While wrestlers will go for the gold in the state’s top classifications this week at Corner Canyon and Wasatch high schools, for the first time in state history, the girls won’t join them. … rest of story at https://www.ksl.com/article/50107599/for-first-time-in-uhsaa-history-girls-wrestling-will-be-a-championship-sport-this-week?mc_cid=9e45a80a12&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

8 } – {colorado} Wrestling for her dad: Piper Jo Jones competes for first time in Soroco
OAK CREEK — Chad Jones never wanted his daughter to wrestle guys. “He didn’t want me to wrestle boys because as a coach he couldn’t handle watching me get beat. He as a dad couldn’t handle watching me get hurt,” said Hayden junior Piper Jo Jones. “So he never let me wrestle against boys, but I kind of found a loophole in wrestling against girls.”

Chad Jones was a wrestling coach in Hayden for years and is part of the reason the wrestling program there is so successful. In September 2018, he died unexpectedly. Piper Jo has stayed connected to the sport and her father by managing the high school wrestling team. With a growing girls wrestling program in Oak Creek, she decided this was the year to put on a singlet.

“I’m just excited because she’s excited,” said Hayden head coach Matt Linsacum. “I think she’s wanted to do this and she uses her dad as a motivational factor. It’s fun to see her be excited about something her family has been so passionate about. It was pretty fun to watch her.” .. rest of story at https://www.steamboatpilot.com/sports/wrestling-for-her-dad-piper-jo-jones-competes-for-first-time-in-soroco/?mc_cid=a32eea18bb&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

9} – {pennsylvania} WYOMING SEMINARY GIRLS BEAT PENNSYLVANIA USA WRESTLING IN ALL-STAR FREESTYLE DUAL MEET
Carpenter Athletic Center on the snowy campus of Wyoming Seminary played host to Freestyle for Females: Wyoming Seminary vs. Team Pennsylvania today. The young Wyoming Seminary girls wresting team was led by freshmen Faith Bartoszek, Carina Giangeruso, Rianne Murphy, Tai Mallqui, Tiffany Stoshak, and Cloe Charlesworth, all who won their matches to lead the Blue Knights to a 62-43 win. Murphy and Charlesworth both picked up falls in their bouts.

Cadet World team member Lilly Freitas picked up two technical falls. Other SEM wrestlers also won via technical fall, including Virginia Foard, Abby Duke, Piper Staniford, and Kendall Bostelman. Team Pa started out with back-to-back wins from Juliette Trout and Julia Horger in the youth matches. Also earning victories on the day were Pennsylvania were Joelle Scott, Sierra Chiesa, Jael Mille, Alexa Ortiz, Jordyn Fouse, and Haylie Jaffe. … rest of story at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2021/February/21/SEM-vs-PA-girls-all-star-dual-meet?mc_cid=4fc5b594c8&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4bhttps://www.steamboatpilot.com/sports/girls-outnumber-guys-on-soroco-wrestling-team/?mc_cid=83f6447486&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

10 } – {Colorado) Inaugural CHSAA girls wrestling season brings more than 400 athletes across Colorado to mat: “Watching them grow from not knowing anything to getting their first pin, it’s amazing”
LITTLETON — Journey Ruiz began competitive wrestling when she was 9 years old after watching her brother’s team and volunteering to help during practice. The sport got her hooked. Today, as a sophomore wrestler at Chatfield High School, a self-confidence that wrestling inspired has provided Ruiz with a newfound mentality toward the pursuit of success, on and off the mat.

“For my first-ever time wrestling, my first pin and everything, I just felt so awesome,” Ruiz said. “I didn’t really grow up to be winning things. It was just awkward at first. But it felt so nice to win something, and be proud of it, too.” On Thursday afternoon, beneath a low-hanging spotlight in Chatfield’s home gym, Ruiz displayed just how much she’s learned as one of the top 111-pound wrestlers in the state, pinning her Pomona opponent in 28 seconds as a sparse crowd of masked parents witnessed Colorado high school sports history in the making.

CHSAA’s inaugural season of girls wrestling, after a two-year pilot program, is well underway with at least 425 girls registered to wrestle among 54 schools across the state, according to CHSAA assistant commissioner Adam Bright. Chatfield entered its last home dual as the undefeated top-ranked team in Colorado, per cowrestling.com, and is the two-time defending pilot-program state champion. … rest of story at https://www.denverpost.com/2021/02/19/inaugural-chsaa-girls-wrestling-season/

11 } – {New Jersey} Sunday’s Chick Wrestler Classic invitational for high school-age girls full of highlights
There were surprises, dominating performances and marquee matchups, including two rematches of state finals from last season. Sunday’s Chick Wrestler Classic invitational tournament featured some of New Jersey’s best wrestlers on display about a week before the start of high school practice. Of the 11 weight classes, nine were decided by either a pin or technical fall at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with several state champions and placewinners involved.

Since the tournament was not sanctioned by the NJSIAA, high school coaches were prohibited from being in the corners of their respective wrestlers and the athletes couldn’t wear their school-issued uniforms. Sunday’s event was sure to fire up the fans and competitors for the shortened NJSIAA high school season. Practices start March 1 with the dual meet season beginning March 16. It’s uncertain how many opportunities girls will have to compete and if there will be a postseason individual tournament.

Sunday’s tournament showcased nearly 90 high school-age girls from across New Jersey with several memorable performances. … rest of story at https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/sports/high-school/wrestling/2021/02/21/sundays-chick-wrestler-classic-high-school-age-girls-full-highlights/4505156001/?mc_cid=4fc5b594c8&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

12 } – {North Dakota} Mandan Girl wins first in statewide wrestling tournament after breaking leg
Some local athletes have taken the saying, “break a leg,” to a whole new level. A Mandan wrestler kept going after unknowingly breaking her leg. Summer Fike, part of the unsanctioned girls wrestling team, ended up having to sit on the sidelines after fracturing her leg during practice. “I was like wow because it didn’t even seem like broken because I could walk on it. I look at it as more of an achievement to push myself. Trying something new. I’m actually not afraid of getting hurt too much,” said Fike.

“All of a sudden one day she came with some x-rays and a knee brace and some crutches and said her leg was broken. I said that’s pretty dang tough if you made it through a few weeks of practice,” said Tyler Steinwand, Head Wrestling Coach, Mandan. After waiting weeks to get back in the game, Fike was able to join her team and didn’t miss a beat.
Her teammates tell us her perseverance is inspiring.

“I was feeling really bad for her because I know how much she loves the sport, and I wanted her to keep wrestling. When I saw her come back from her injury and not have any practice, I was really shocked,” said fellow wrestler, Diane Aranda. … rest of story at https://www.kxnet.com/news/mandan-girl-wins-first-in-statewide-wrestling-tournament-after-breaking-leg/?mc_cid=bd28fec561&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And North Dakota Girls’ State Showcased in the FargoDome
Girl wrestlers in North Dakota showcased their talents at the Girls Wrestling High School State Championships over the weekend. While North Dakota’s efforts to officially sanction high school girls’ wrestling are ongoing, the fifth unofficial state championships were extra special this season. Wrestling was held in the FargoDome—a venue that’s no stranger to young wrestlers with big dreams. This is a feat that had been sought after for years. At the conclusion of the Boys’ State Duals Tournament, the girls were given the opportunity to showcase their talents.

Fifty-one North Dakota girls between seventh and twelfth grade were able to display their hard work in pursuit of a state title. The girls were divided into eleven weight-based brackets and wrestled in a round-robin format. Regardless of numbers, each athlete was able to come away with a handful of matches. Hands were raised, tears were shed, but most importantly, experience and exposure had been gained. The eleven individual champions hailed from eight different programs including … rest of story at https://www.transitionwrestling.com/north-dakota-girls-state-showcased-in-the-fargodome/?mc_cid=329018bca1&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 29, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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