Garden City High School’s Anjelina Serrano went into Saturday’s girls state wrestling championships with the goal of winning a title.
But an early loss to the nationally ranked Mya Kretzer early in the unsanctioned tournament in McPherson relegated Serrano to only be able to finish as high as fourth. She did so in dominant fashion, going 4-0 with three pins and one tech fall.
“I had several coaches come up to me and tell me she was really impressive,” GCHS head coach Carlos Prieto said of the sophomore. “I’m really, really happy for her.”
Prieto was surprised Serrano was placed into the same pool as Kretzer, as the duo had been separated in an earlier bracket. But with Kretzer, wrestling at home, Prieto knew it was going to be a tough road for Serrano.
Yet, Serrano was the only wrestler to take Kretzer the distance, as the senior Bullpup went 5-0 to win the 126-pound title.
Serrano first downed Stafford’s Makaila Enfield in just 35 seconds in the first round of her pool, and pinned Burlingame’s Jadan Shaffer in just 44 seconds in the other pool match. After the loss to Kretzer, Serrano was matched up with Maddie Griffin of Emporia in the consolation semifinal, and Serrana cruised to the technical fall win, 15-0. In the fourth-place match, Serrano pinned Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Madelyn Kitson just 1:22.
Serrano finishes the season with a 12-4 record.
KSHSAA to vote on girls wrestling
The Hutchinson News reported Saturday that the KSHSAA Board of Directors will hold a vote in April on whether to sanction girls wrestling or not.
Prieto said it’s widely expected the board will sanction the sport.
If it is sanctioned, the KSHSAA will add the sports for the 2019-2020 season, and a sponsored postseason will be held, Hutch News reported, citing an email from KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Lentz.
There were 210 wrestlers in Saturday’s unsanctioned tournament in McPherson, nearly double last year’s 120 wrestlers.