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Lions heading to Ohio’s first girls state wrestling

From Staff and Wire Reports

HILLIARD — Dozens of girls from across Ohio, including 10 from Minerva High School, will compete in the first girls wrestling state tournament this weekend.

The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association is sponsoring the tournament that will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hilliard Davidson High School near Columbus.

There will be state champions in each of the 14 weight classes and a team state champion. Tournament organizers are expecting about 260 girls from nearly 100 schools to compete.

Minerva freshman Alaina Jackson enters the tournament as the top seed in the 235-pound weight class. Also seeded for the Lions are junior Michaela Jackson (third at 121), sophomore Kya McClish (fifth at 150) and freshman Jada Shafer (ninth at 116),

Other Minerva wrestlers entered in the tournament are sophomore Paige Lucas (106), senior Kenzie Fountain (126), freshman Sophia Russo (126), junior Kayla Phillips (131), senior Katie Day (160) and Emma Hilliard (189).

The state meet is not an Ohio High School Athletic Association event, but all of the girls who are taking part must be members of their OHSAA school’s team. At least one coach per participating school must be a current member of the OHSWCA for their athlete to compete.

Entry fee is $30 per wrestler. Spectator admission is $10 per day.

Wrestling will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

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