The Ames High girls wrestling program is led by Matt Steffen, after serving several years on the boys/combined staff. A year ago, the Little Cyclones finished 10th out of 157 participating schools at the 2023 state tournament in the inaugural IGHSAU championship event in the sport. Alexis Winkey led the way with a fourth-place finish at 125.
The latest wrestling squad features a young lineup of athletes but perhaps most notable, a large and still growing contingent of girls wrestlers. Just two years prior, Ames had one girl wrestler. A year later, that number grew to seven. This year 27 different girls wrestlers have practiced in the wrestling room.
2022-2023 Season Recap
Seventeen Girls completed the season and 14 of them will return next season. Seniors Leah Stagg, Cynthia Ellis and Savannah Williams helped leave this program in a better place than they found it. Season accomplishments include a 4-0 dual meet record, first place finishes at the West Des Moines Valley and Jack Mendenhall Wrestling tournaments, and second place finishes at the Racoon River Invitational and Super Regional Wrestling tournaments.
2023 State Tournament
Ames had five state wrestlers compete at Xtream Arena: Greta Goodman (100), Lexa Rozevink (120), Lexi Winkey (125), Leah Stagg (145) and Allison Metschke (170). Goodman went 4-3 at the state tournament and placed 6th, Rozevink went 6-2 at the state tournament and finished 5th at 120 pounds, Stagg went 2-2 at the state tournament, and Metschke went 1-2 at state.