CEC girls are pioneers on the mat

Merely a week before the start of the wrestling season, an unexpected announcement over the PA system at Cloquet High School caught the attention of sophomores Kloey Jensen and Morgan Browne.

In light of the Minnesota State High School League’s approval of all-girls postseason wrestling tournaments for the first time this season, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton team was seeking female participants to sign up for the growing sport.

With little hesitation, Browne and Jensen jumped at the unique opportunity.

“I thought it was cool because a lot of times girls aren’t accepted into the other sports, like football and all,” Browne said. “When I saw that, I thought it was cool. That’s mostly why I joined.” Continue reading at duluthnewstribune.com →

The Main Event – Bemidji and Mora Make History

By Brian Jerzak

As far as we can figure out, on December 2nd, Minnesota high school wrestling history was made at Bemidji High School. The Lumberjacks’ wrestling team hosted a triangular with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks’ grapplers rolled to two comfortable victories – winning by over forty points in both duals. However, that was far from the main event.

“There was a lot of excitement in the gym,” Bemidji head wrestling coach Rance Bahr said. “During our dual with DGF – one of my wrestlers – Seth Newby (ranked 5th at 170 pounds in AAA by The Guillotine), leaned over and said, ‘Coach, we are the JV dual tonight.'”

Newby felt like the 7th ranked team in AAA was on the undercard for a good reason. Bemidji’s newest high school team was making its debut.

“Everyone’s eyes were on the girls’ match,” Bahr said about the Bemidji versus Mora girls’ dual meet. “That side of the gym was packed. Everyone was screaming. We were even looking over there to see what was happening.”

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National Girls High School Rankings

Northfield’s Ella Pagel enters pound-for-pound rankings

USA Wrestling, FloWrestling, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum have published the November 2021 rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2021-22 season. This national ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

It has been a busy preseason of action including major events including Who’s No. 1, Super 32, the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals, the Ultimate Club Duals, FreakShow, and many other preseason events in both folkstyle and freestyle.

New No. 1 ranked wrestlers since September Preseason Rankings include Brianna Gonzalez of California (100), Jaclyn Dehney of New Hampshire (117), Janida Garcia of California (132), and Destiny Rodriguez of Oregon (144).

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Preseason National Girls High School Rankings

Pound-For-Pound and Top 25 Rankings

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling, and FloWrestling has published the Preseason Rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2021-22 season. This national ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

Last year’s high school graduates have been removed, and many new athletes have joined the rankings for the first time, including eligibility for incoming eighth-graders.

The event which clearly had the most impact on the rankings was the record-setting USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, July 16-23, which set entry records in both age divisions and featured spectacular competition in all weight divisions.

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