Simley’s Charli Raymond gets it started, becoming the first girls’ state champion

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There was never a question about whether Charli Raymond was going to be a wrestler. It was more about how soon she could start.

The Simley seventh-grader became Minnesota’s first state champion in girls’ wrestling when she beat Lauren Elsmore of Pine Island 10-0 in the 100-pound finals Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

This is the first season the Minnesota State High School League has sanctioned a girls’ wrestling state tournament.

“This means a lot,” Raymond said, her comment fitting for both her individual victory and the bigger picture. “I’ve been wrestling ever since I could walk. I think I was 2.” Continue reading at →