Vivian Strahm qualifies for State wrestling

Three Sabetha Bluejay girl wrestlers competed in the very first regional wrestling tournament held for girls in the state of Kansas, on Feb. 14 and 15 in Paola.

The 2019-20 wrestling season has been the first official girls’ wrestling season sanctioned by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. With this new official sport for girls in the state, the wrestlers had the opportunity to compete against their own gender during the year culminated by two regional tournaments held on Feb. 14 and 15.

There are 145 schools in the state of Kansas with at least one female wrestler on their squad, and there were a total of 972 wrestlers across the state. There were two regional tournaments held on Feb. 14 and 15. The east regional was held in Paola, and the west regional was held in McPherson. The regional action featured wrestlers from all the classifications of schools — 1A through 6A.

“This has been such an incredible year for the sport of wrestling,” said Assistant Head Coach Cole Geisen. “These girls have come out here and worked so hard to get where they are at today. You cannot believe the amount of work they have put in, and it has really showed up here at the tournament. The progress that we have seen from these four girls is unbelievable, and it has really shown up this weekend. We have one girl headed to state and the other two that wrestled came within one and two matches of qualifying.”

Junior 136-pound Irish Rokey entered the tournament with a 14-4 record. Rokey went 3-2 on the weekend and came up two matches shy of qualifying for the state tournament.

Junior 191-pound Kylie Meredith entered the tournament with a 12-4 record. Meredith went 2-2 on the weekend and came within one match of heading to the state tournament.

Senior 170-pound Vivian Strahm came into the tournament with a 14-2 record. Strahm went 3-2 on the weekend and finished in fifth place, which qualified her for the state tournament in Salina on Feb. 27. Strahm won her first two matches by pins with the second win over Kyndal Hughes of Olathe West guaranteeing her a top six finish and a trip to state. Strahm has become the first girl in the history of Sabetha wrestling to qualify for state competition.

“It has been an amazing year for these girls,” said Head Coach Ricky Creek. “They have been such a joy to be around and to coach. They listen and respond to coaching and they really pour their hearts into what they are doing.”

“This was a really tough tournament, because it combined all of the classes of schools,” Creek said. “The majority of these girls here are from 5A and 6A schools, so for these girls to come out here and compete at the level at which they did is a testament to how hard they worked.”

Strahm will compete at the girls’ state tournament on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Salina.

2.21.2019 Regionals

Girls

Weight Class

Name

Opponent

Team

Win/Lose

Score

136

Rokey

Meraz

SUM

W

Fall

Brown

FS

L

18-10

Bryson

CH

W

Fall

Davis

GAR

W

Fall

Page

PV

L

5-2

170

Strahm

Forbes

ATC

W

Fall

Hughes

OW

W

Fall

Lisk

OSA

L

18-2

Skinner

OS

L

15-0

Wilson

BAS

W

Default

191

Meredith

Friend

OSA

W

Fall

Martin

ON

L

Fall

Morales

HAR

W

Fall

Colbert

TON

L

Fall

Tim Kellenberger93 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

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