Katie Biscoglia of Raccoon River/Northwest and Waverly-Shell Rock made history at the inaugural IGHSAU state wrestling tournament.
Biscoglia, a freshman, became the tournament’s first individual champion when she beat Gable Hemann of Osage 5-2 at 100 pounds and Waverly-Shell Rock captured the first team title as the two-day tournament closed Friday night at the Xtream Arena in Coraville.
Waverly-Shell Rock got an individual championship from Kiara Djoumessi at 140 pounds, one of three Go-Hawk wrestlers in the finals, and finished with 123 points. East Buchanan took second with 113 and was followed by Decorah with 108 and Lewis Central with 102.
Djoumessi topped off a dominating junior season by pinning Lewis Central’s Mahri Manz at 140 pounds. She had four pins in her five matches at state and finished 48-0.
Waverly-Shell Rock brought nine wrestlers to state and five earned medals, including second-place finishes from Haidyn Snyder (145) and Madison Hinrichs (235).
East Buchanan earned its runner-up spot without the benefit of a finalist. The Buccaneers were strong in the wrestlebacks through the tournament, getting a third-place finish from Keely Kehrli (155), fifth-place medals from Andelyn Cabalka (140) and Brooklyn Graham (170) and sixth-place finishes from Destiny Krum (130) and Alyson Krum (190).
Decorah’s Naomi Simon won the state title at 170 with a first-period pin, while Manz was the top-finisher for Lewis Central with her runner-up spot at 140.
Three of the state champions pinned their way through the brackets – Emma Peach of Iowa Valley at 145, freshman Skylar Slade of Southeast Polk at 155 and Spencer’s Olivia Huckfelt at 235. All three accomplished four of their five pins in the first period.
Sophomore Jillian Worthen of Union also was impressive, pinning her first four opponents and winning the title at 105 with a major decision. Pleasant Valley freshman Abigail Meyrer, the champion at 120, also had four pins among her five victories.
Also winning championships were Jasmine Luedtke of Ottumwa at 110, Molly Allen of Riverside at 115, Mackenzie Childers of Cedar Rapids Prairie at 125, Lilly Luft of Charles City at 130, Maeley Elsbury of South Tama at 135 and Mackenzie Arends of Nevada at 190.