First Female Wrestlers to Compete at Iowa State Tournament
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Megan Black had a dream to make history by becoming the first-ever female competitor to qualify for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Meet.
After one long day that ended with one long match, Black made her dream a reality. The Ottumwa sophomore will be one of two of the first females to qualify for the state meet on Saturday, winning the 112-pound wrestleback final 12-9 over Fort Madison sophomore Christian Dunn at Mount Pleasant High School.
?It feels great,? Black said. ?This is what I?ve been working for since the day I started to wrestling. It?s great that it has finally come true.?
Black is joined by fellow 112-pound female state qualifier Cassy Herkelman. The Cedar Falls freshman qualified just 15 minutes before Black at the 3A district meet in Waverly-Shell Rock.
With both Black and Herkelman in the same weight class, the first two girls to ever wrestle at the state tournament could make more history this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. A potential match-up between the two would be the first ever all-female match in state wrestling history.
Right now, Black is just happy to be making the trip.
?It?s always been my goal to make it to state. For it to finally come true is great,? Black said. ?It feels awesome.?
?It was a pretty memorable moment,? Ottumwa head wrestling coach Kevin Cochran added. ?For Megan, knowing how much she?s done and how hard she always works, I can?t think of anyone that deserves this more.?
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