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Lady Cadet wrestlers win Nebraska's first ever all-girls dual

February 26, 2019

 

By: Abby Kaup

                On Tuesday, the West Point girls’ wrestling team made history; they competed in the first ever Nebraska all-girls wrestling dual against Platteview. Not only did they compete, they won 42-21.

Maxwell said “I thought Platteview made a great environment to compete in. There was a good crowd and great excitement, and I was proud of how we went out as a team and competed well. It was awesome to be part of a first event in history.”

                The Cadets took 10 high school girls to wrestle. They also took one junior high girl, Ziomara Ruiz who wrestled in an exhibition match.

At the high school level, Shelbie Woermann wrestled 106. Brisa Figueroa wrestled 106 and 113. Diana Cervantes wrestled 113, and Katy Figueroa and Kailey Pena wrestled at 120. At 126, Jaylyn Nemec and Cassandra Brown wrestled for the Cadets. Marisol Villa and Nancy Lemus wrestled at 132, and Naydeli Medina represented the Cadets at 152.

In 11 matches, 7 Cadets won: Lemus, D. Cervantes, B. Figueroa, Pena, Villa, Nemec, and K. Figueroa.

According to Cadet girls’ head wrestling coach Ray Maxwell, Platteview made a traveling trophy which will be given to the team that wins the dual each year. The Cadets earned the trophy the first year of the dual.

Prior to this dual, the Lady Cadets wrestled at the all-female Winnebago tournament and competed against other girls at boys’ events.

                Brithany Cervantes, a member of the wrestling team said, “Although girls’ wrestling still has a long way to go to be equal to boys’ wrestling, this dual was a big step in the right direction.”

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