McPHERSON — Two area wrestlers finished one win away from a state berth after the completion of the first KSHSAA West Regional Girls’ Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the McPherson Roundhouse.

Newton’s MayLee Edwards and Hesston’s Juliene Wald each fell in the consolation quarterfinals, just missing the top-six finish required to advance to state.

This was the first year the KSHSAA sponsored girls’ wrestling as a championship sport.

The tournament drew wrestlers from 68 schools. Great Bend edged Western Athletic Conference rival 123-122 for the meet title. Host McPherson edged Emporia 100-99 for third place. Wichita North was fifth at 79.

Newton took 44th with 12 points. Hesston, with one entry, was tied for 47th with 10 points. Remington failed to score.

Edwards, wrestling at 143 pounds, opened Saturday’s competition with an 8-1 decision over Cacaia Sandman of Larned. In the consolation quarterfinals, Edwards was pinned my Marissa Hanrahan of Great Bend in 19 seconds.

Edwards ends the season 18-11.

Elia Bergquist of Newton at 101 pounds fell in the third consolation round to Esabel Talavera of Wichita Heights in 2:48. Bergquist ends the season 8-15.

At 136 pounds, Alexis Ellis fell in the third consolation round to Dakota Ely of Canton-Galva 11-8. She ends the season 10-16.

Newton’s Emily Torres finished 0-2 at 109 pounds and ends the season 9-14. Jaye Skinner finished 0-2 at 116 pounds and ends the season 2-17. Jaymie Murray was 0—2 at 155 pounds and ends the season 3-14.

At 109 pounds, Hesston’s Juliene Wald opened Saturday’s action in the third consolation round, pinning Anahi Cervantes of Garden City in 1:27. In the consolation quarterfinals, Wald dropped a 12-1 major decision to Amilia Martinez of Holcomb.

Wald ends the season 17-9.

"We are extremely proud of Juliene, plus she is the answer to a Hesston High trivia question: Who is the first Hesston competitor to win and earn team points for Hesston at the first KSHSAA sanctioned girls’ regional tournament?," Hesston coach Doug Broadfoot said. "She and about 500 other girls across Kansas made history competing at two super-regionals with participants from all classifications. The top six girls qualified for the state tournament in Salina this Thursday. Next year, KSHAA will need to make changes in order to accommodate the large number of participants.

"Juliene competed in an extremely tough and large 23-wrestler bracket with multiple top-6-ranked wrestlers competing in her weight class. She pinned three competitors with a deep half nelson pinning combination that she is really persistent with. As a freshman, she has lots to improve on, but she’s a competitor with a great attitude and determination enough to get better. Hopefully, we will have more girls out to join Juliene."

For Remington at 191 pounds, Samantha Evans lost in the first round and drew a bye in the first consolation round. Evans will continue Saturday in the second consolation round, needing two wins to clinch a state berth.

Cora Thiel finished 0-2 at 109 pounds. Madelyn Ball finished 0-2 at 130 pounds. Willow Blackfox finished 0-2 at 170 pounds. Samanthan Emmons finished 0-2 at 191 pounds.

Girls West Regional

Friday and Saturday


Team scores — Great Bend 123, Garden City 122, McPherson 100, Emporia 99, Wichita North 79, Pratt 62, Valley Center 61, Nickerson 60.5, Wichita South 53, Salina Central 50, Wellington 50, Andover Central 48, Mulvane 48, Lakin 47, Campus 44, Hutchinson 43, Dodge City 42, Abilene 41, Wichita Southeast 41, Council Grove 39, Hoisington 39, Wichita Heights 39, Liberal 37.5, Trego Community 37, Douglass 36, Junction City 32, Onaga 32, Maryville 31, Concordia 28, Hoxie 28, Rose Hill 28, Winfield 27, Holcomb 26, Oakley 26, Hays 25, Goddard 24, Larned 22, Wichita West 19, Manhattan 17, Eureka 15, Chapman 14, Smoky Valley 13, Wichita East 13, Newton 12, Chaparral 11, Rock Creek 11, Chase County 10, Derby 10, Hesston 10, Philipsburg 10, Greeley County 9, Goddard Eisenhower 8, Wakefield 7, Goodland 6, Plainville 6, Canto-Galva 5, Augusta 4, Ell-Saline 4, Norton 4, Circle 4, Wichita Northwest 4, Riley County 3, Northern Heights 0, Central of Burden-Central 0, Ellis 0, Hugoton 0, Fairfield 0, Remington 0.

Area wrestlers


109 — Juliene Wald (2-1): 1. W Caitlin White, Great Bend :53; 2. L Jadyn Thompson, Pratt 16-3 maj. dec.; C2. W Emily Torres, Newton 4:13. C3. W Anahi Cervantes, Garden City 1:27, CQF. L Amilia Martinez, Holcomb 12-1 maj. dec.


101 — Elia Bergquist (1-2): 1. L Jasmin Beltran, Dodge City 1:14; C1. bye; C2. W Daiy Rayburn, Fairfield 4-3. C3. L Esabel Talavera, Wichita Heights 2:48.

109 — Emily Torres (0-2): 1. L Sarah Zimmerman, Hays :51; C1. bye; C2. L Juliene Wald, Hesston 4:13.

116 — Jaye Skinner (0-2): 1. L Mikyah Cain, Oakley 1:12; C1. bye; C2. L Sujelly Duran, Emporia 2:10.

136 — Alexis Ellis (2-2): 1. L Kennedy Mead, Eureka 1:14; C1. W Jasmin Bohn, Derby 2:17; C2. W Lily Tressel, Wichita Northwest 2:01. C3. L Dakota Ely, Canton-Galva 11-8.

143 — MayLee Edwards (2-2): 1. bye; 2. L Payton Walk, Greeley County 5:38; C2. W Marisol Flores, Council Grove :28. C3. W Cacia Sandman, Larned 8-1; CQF. L Marissa Hanrahan, Great Bend :19.

155 — Jaymie Murry (0-2): 1. L Hayley Olson, Goddard 3:55; C1. bye; C2. L Lauren Kinsey, Nickerson :54.


109 — Cora Thiel (0-2): 1. L Hayvin Thornhill, Council Grove 3:05; C1. bye; C2. L Anahi Cervantes, Garden City 1:51.

130 — Madelyn Ball (0-2): 1. L Maddle Griffin, Emporia 2:28; C1. L Chiara Molinari, Douglass 2:40.

170 — Willow Blackfox (0-2): 1. bye; 2. L Abigail McLeod, Wichita Southeast :49; C2. L Brittani Burgess, McPherson 1:07.

191 — Samantha Emmons (0-2): 1. L Madison Skyette, McPherson :23; C1. bye. C2. L Leilani Torres, Liberal 1:58.