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High School Girls Wrestling 01/27/2023
A pair of Denison-Schleswig girls punched tickets to Iowa's first sanctioned girls wrestling state tournament ever.
Comments from the Monarch coaching staff:
It was a great day in Sioux City as two girls, Freshman Angie Rivera (2nd at 135) and Senior Claire
Miller (4th at 155), qualified for the first sanctioned Girls State Wrestling Championships in
Coralville next week. We went into the day expecting these two to compete for qualification,
and they followed through. They both wrestled smart and tough throughout the day.
Angie is in her third year of wrestling after competing in middle school, and is as tough as nails
at 135. She doesn't back down from anyone and is a hammer from the top position. She knows
what she's looking for and she gets there. We're proud of how she's improved this year and
wrangled in her aggressiveness at times to stay in better position and extend matches where
she can use her improving gas tank to wear girls down.
Claire is in her first year of wrestling and just an overall good athlete. She's been to state in other
sports in years past and leaned on that experience today. She was focused and stuck to the
game plan when she needed to. We're proud of how she competed today, especially how she
bounced back after a semifinals loss to win a close consolation semifinal and nearly upset the
top seed in the 3rd place match. She excels on her feet and has learned to use her physicality
and athleticism to control the pace of the match and get to the shots she wants and finish
Claire and Angie were the highlights for qualifying, but I don't want to discount the effort and
competitiveness of the other girls. Alejandra Carrizales is a senior we'll be losing next year and
she won two matches today at 130. Every girl recorded a win on the day and this will be valuable
experience for us to build on next year. We're hoping to bring the remainder of the girls back
along with adding some newcomer high schoolers next year and current 8th grade wrestlers.
Proud is the best word I can come up with at the moment to describe how we feel. Nothing the
girls that stuck it out this year did was easy. It's a risk to try out a new sport. It's a risk to walk out
on the mat with nobody to blame but yourself. It's a risk to put it on the line when you compete.
And we feel like we got to a point this season where our girls took pride in competing and
East Sac County will send a pair of Raiders with Olivya Mack earned first place in the 100 class and Olivia Villegas placed 4th at 130 to punch their tickets. Nancy Bowman of Logan-Magnolia will represent the Panthers. TrackWrestling has more results as well.
The state tournament begins on Thursday, February 2nd at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.