Saturday was filled with sectional competition for Class 1A and 2A wrestlers throughout the state. The top 2 place winners in each weight class from each of the 16 sectionals qualified for districts next weekend. The top 2 in each weight class from the 8 districts will move on to the individual state championships in Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 18-20. In addition, the top 2 team finishers in each sectional, qualified for the regional dual team competition taking place Tuesday night, February 9. The dual team champion from each region will move on to the state dual team championships in Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday, February 17.

Class 3A is structured differently, with no sectional competition. Class 3A will wrestle their district competition Saturday, February 13 with the top 2 in each weight class from each of the 8 districts moving on to the state championships. In dual team competition, Class 3A is based on the top 24 teams ranked by the IWCOA (Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association). Competition will take place Wednesday, February 10th with the champion from each of the 8 regions moving on to the state dual team championships.

 Iowa High School Girls Wrestling History

Our biggest news of the week is Rachel Watters’ 145 pound Sectional 11 championship. Watters, a senior from Ballard, went 2-0 for the day. She started the competition with a bye followed by a 6-4 win over Ethan Cozad, a senior from CMB. Watters then moved to the finals to face Caleb Button, a sophomore from ADM. Watters had lost to Button in overtime the previous weekend, but was able to control the match and pick up a 4-1 decision. With that victory, Watters became the second female in Iowa history to win a sectional championship and the first to do so in Class 2A. Megan Black of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was the first to win a sectional in 2012. Black went on to make it to state as one of only two females in Iowa wrestling history to do so. Cassy Herkelman also made it to state but wrestled for Cedar Falls, a Class 3A school who does not have sectional competition.

Rachel Watters

Rachel Watters of Ballard, Class 2A sectional champion (145 pounds) with Head Coach Steve Mickelson



There were 10 wrestlers who competed at the varsity level in the class 1A & 2A sectionals:

106 Pounds:

Emily Reis, a senior from Regina went 0-2 for the day.

Kylie Siebrecht, a sophomore from Alta-Aurelia went 0-1 for the day.

Felicity Taylor, a sophomore from South Winneshiek went 0-2 for the day.

113 Pounds:

Shelby Blake, a freshman from Osage went 0-2 for the day.

120 Pounds:

Cheyenne Sedlacek, a senior from WACO went 0-1 for the day.

126 Pounds:

Keagan King, a freshman from South Central Calhoun went 0-2 for the day.

132 Pounds:

McKinna Faulkenberry, a sophomore from OA-BCIG went 0-2 for the day.

Brittney Shumate, a sophomore from Woodbine went 0-1 for the day.

145 Pounds:

Rachel Watters, a senior from Ballard went 2-0 for the day winning the sectional championship and will be competing in Knoxville on Saturday, February 13 in the District 6 competition.

Larissa Moore, a junior from North Cedar went 0-1 for the day.



Based on past competition, the following female athletes may be competing Saturday, February 13 in 3A districts:

126 Pounds:

Kaia Graham, a freshman from Oskaloosa.

138 Pounds:

Alisha Smith, a sophomore from Pleasant Valley.


The following female athletes may be competing in regional dual team competition:

Class 1A and Class 2A-Tuesday, February 9:

Emily Reis, 106 pounds of Regina-Class 1A at Alburnett

Shelby Blake, 113 pounds of Osage-Class 2A at New Hampton

McKinna Faulkenberry, 132 pounds of OA-BCIG-Class 1A at Westwood

Rachel Watters, 145 pounds of Ballard-Class 2A at Albia

Class 3A-Wednesday, February 10:

Based on the teams represented in dual team regions, it appears that there will be no female wrestlers competing at the Class 3A level.

Here are the complete high school results since our last update:


Wt First Last Gr School Class Weekly Varsity Record Weekly JV Record Weekly Results Overall Varsity Record Overall JV Record
106 Myla Mayo So Sioux City East 3A 0-2 2-2 3-9
106 Chloe Krebsbach Fr Osage 2A 6-10 1-12
106 Maiah Williams Fr Glenwood 2A 0-3 1-0 1-10
106 Mykenzi Brinkman Jr Westwood 1A 11-0
106 Emily Reis Sr Regina 1A 0-2 6-20 1-5
106 Kylie Siebrecht So Alta-Aurelia 1A 0-1 0-1
106 Felicity Taylor So South Winneshiek 1A 0-2 27-19 1-1
106 Corby Webb So Hudson 1A 3-3
106 Rylee Zobac Fr Starmont 1A 6-5 0-3
113 Britany Flockhart Fr Keokuk 3A 2-0 4-7
113 Morgan Lawson So Ottumwa 3A 0-10
113 Courtney Six Fr Fort Madison 3A 6-4
113 Shelby Blake Fr Osage 2A 0-2 9-31
113 Emma Cornelison Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 4-5 0-2
113 Kendra Felder So Panorama 1A 3-10 0-3
113 Makayla Patterson Jr South Central Calhoun 1A 3-1
120 Grace Massier So Des Moines Roosevelt 3A 1-10 1-7
120 Alanah Vetterick So Norwalk 3A 5-2 4-3
120 Aubrey McIntryre Fr Glenwood 2A 0-3 0-1 0-13
120 Athena Moad Jr West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 2A 7-20 1-2
120 Dakota Selby Fr Albia 2A 1-10
120 Cheyenne Sedlacek Sr WACO 1A 0-1 0-12
126 Kaia Graham Fr Oskaloosa 3A 6-9 1-6
126 Anne Gadient So Cascade 2A 1-4 0-1
126 Soledad Castaneda Jr Riverside 1A 0-2 3-9 0-7
126 Keagan King Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 0-2 18-26 1-2
126 Kaitlynn Thoreson Fr Woodbine 1A 3-12
132 Jolynn Harris So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 0-1 0-6 2-9
132 Karleigh Shuff Sr Indianola 3A 0-5
132 Samantha Back Fr Lisbon 1A 0-2 0-12
132 McKinna Faulkenberry So OA-BCIG 1A 0-2 10-17
132 Brittany Shumate So Woodbine 1A 0-1 6-20 0-3
138 Laura Arroyo-Ganona Fr Muscatine 3A 2-7
138 Alisha Smith So Pleasant Valley 3A 2-17 2-7
138 Dominique Mosier Fr Clear Creek-Amana 2A 1-3 1-6
138 Brooke Silence Sr Shenandoah 2A 0-4
138 Tammy Vaughn Sr Columbus Community 2A 1-5 0-1
138 Nicole Watters So Ballard 2A 0-3 6-13
145 Jesse Lorano So Denison-Schleswig 3A 0-5
145 Kyla Devilbliss Jr Perry 2A 0-3
145 Ariel Hellman Jr Sheldon/South O’Brien 2A 2-1 JV wins by 4-2 and Inj Forfeit 1-0 4-10
145 Ciana Sonberg So Charles City 2A 1-8 12-6
145 Rachel Watters Sr Ballard 2A 2-0 V wins by 6-4 and 4-1 19-16
145 Julia Eshelman Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-0
145 Alley Gray Fr Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1A 0-4 0-12
145 Larissa Moore Jr North Cedar 1A 0-1 1-19
152 Gabriela Castillo Jr Perry 2A 0-4
152 Tate Hughes Fr Clarinda 2A 1-8
182 Haley Snyder So Northeast Community 2A 0-6
182 Melinda Collins Jr Tipton 1A 0-2 3-0 1-20
182 Erica Halferty Jr Wayne 1A 0-2
220 Sadie Durnan Fr Oelwein 2A 0-3
220 Kali Zufall Jr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 0-1 0-19


College Women:

Don’t forget, the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) College Nationals will be held in Oklahoma City, February 12-13 and will determine the women’s collegiate National Champions and All-Americans. The top 3 finishers in each weight class will also qualify for the Olympic Team Trials to be held April 8-10 in Iowa City. Iowan’s Megan Black (McKendree University), Jasmine Bailey (McKendree University), Cassy Herkelman (McKendree University), Anna Poyner (Missouri Valley College), and Justice Losee (Waldorf College) will be competing.


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