Girls wrestling qualifies five spots at first-ever IGHSAU ChampionshipsPosted January 31, 2023
Over the weekend, the Ames girls wrestling program qualified five wrestlers to the inaugural IGHSAU State Wrestling Championships, February 2-3 in Coralville, IA. The IGHSAU announced in February 2022 that it would sanction the sport of girls wrestling starting with the 2022-23 school year, providing the chance for girls to win an IGHSAU state title.
The Little Cyclones have built a solid interest in girls wrestling over the past few years – ranking among the top in the state in overall participation numbers. In 2022, Ames entered 17 wrestlers into the state IWCOA Tournament which was the fourth-highest across the state.
Ames was assigned to a regional site in Des Moines – one of eight taking place – where a top-four finish in each weight class qualified the wrestler to the state tournament.
Alexis Winkey led the way with a regional crown at 125. Seeded first in the region, Winkey recorded three first-minute pins en route to first-place finish and a spot in Coralville.
The four other Ames wrestlers had to secure their way on the back-side. Greta Goodman (100), Lexa Rozevink (120), Leah Stagg (145), and Allison Metschke (170) all finished third in their respective weight classes, securing a spot at the IGHSAU State Championships with Winkey.
Rozevink carries the best overall record into the state tournament among the five Little Cyclone wrestlers, tallying at 29-3 record over the course of the season. Winkey (25-5) is the only currently ranked wrestler of the group, coming in at No. 9 in the most recent IAwrestle rankings on January 18th. The junior is also looking to secure career victory No. 50 this week. Teammates Stagg (24-5) and Metschke (21-6) all broke the 20-win mark this year, while Greta Goodman is just a win away from doing so with a current 19-2 mark.
The IGHSAU State Wrestling Championships take place February 2-3 at Xtream Arena in Coralville, IA. Tickets can be purchased online at the Xtream Arena ticket website linked below.