photo courtesy of Katie Klann; The Gazette
With the calendar turning to February, it means one thing at the high school level..state tournament time! Ok, some of them don’t happen until March, but most take place this month. Each week we’ll go through some of the notable happenings at the state tournaments.
We’ll start with the Colorado girls state tournament. Last year marked the first official girl’s state tournament in Colorado, ran by the CHSAA. It was to be held in 2018-19 and 2019-20 under a pilot program before girls wrestling becomes an officially sanctioned sport by the CHSAA in 2020-21. Labels and technicalities out of the way, there was plenty of excellent action on the mat. Colorado is a state that saw the launch of its women’s collegiate program in 2018-19 (Colorado Mesa) and development at the high school level has grown, as well. In each of the last two summers, the state has produced 10 All-Americans (both age groups combined) in Fargo, while only having seven in 2017 and six in 2016. After the sport has been sanctioned for high school girls, expect that number to rise.
Here are some of the important notes and observations from the tournament.
100: Morgan Johnson (Loveland)
105: Kiona Conner (Denver East)
111: Israel Resendez (Denver East)
118: Nicole Koch (Delta)
127: Cayden Condit (Jefferson)
136: Alina Antillon (Mullen)
147: Hailey Ahsmuhs (Sierra)
161: Tristan Kelly (Douglas County)
185: Sarah Sams (Douglas County)
215: Zasha Norris (Thomas Jefferson)
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