2020 IWCOA Girls State – Dozen Fun Facts

Laken Leinhard - Crestwood, Cresco

  1. Dubuque Wahlert did not have any girls out for wrestling during the 2018-19 season. This year they jumped all the way up to 22 girl wrestlers on the roster. They even outnumber the boys in their wrestling room 22-17!
  2. In addition to being ranked 2nd in the state at 145 pounds in wrestling Laken Lienhard of Crestwood, Cresco is quite the accomplished athlete off the mat. She is also currently the starting point guard for the 2nd ranked Cadet basketball team and was part of there 2018 state championship team. She was also an all-conference in Volleyball and 1st team all-state in Softball!
  3. Ali Gerbracht of AGWSR not only became the 1st ever Iowa Girls High School State Champion last year but also won the Dan Gable Ms. Wrestler of the Year award. This year she added to her career achievements by becoming on the second girl in Iowa history (following Felicity Taylor of South Winneshiek) to surpass the 100 win mark for her high school career and is now an all-time wins leader in Iowa Girls history.
  4. Misheelt Tumurbaatar of North Tama is a foreign exchange student from Mongolia who will make her debut at the state tournament. She also knows the Mongolian wrestling coaches who took off their clothes in protest during the 2016 Olympics.
  5. Annemarie Eriksen of West Liberty is a foreign exchange student from Hamar, Norway. Before coming to Iowa, she had never seen or even heard of the sport of wrestling. She comes into the state tournament with a 10-3 record.
  6. Karlie Webles of Dubuque Wahlert is a very accomplished swimmer and will even be swimming at the Division 1 level for the UNI Panthers after high school.
  7. Millie Peach of Iowa Valley is currently the top-ranked girl at 195 pounds and is the oldest of 7 kids! Her father was an accomplished wrestler and was a state runner-up his senior season.
  8. Freshman Layla Walker of Independence is the daughter of Amber Hunt who was the 1st girl wrestler at East Buchanan back in 1987.
  9. Tateum Park of Davenport North will graduate with her Associates’s Degree from Scott Community College a week before she graduates from high school.
  10. Sydney Park of Davenport Central plays the Violin, Saxophone, and Oboe. She performs in the Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.
  11. Ali Andersen at 126 is not only the first girl to wrestle in Cedar Rapids Kennedy history but she also has a yellow belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She also comes in at only 4′ 9″ tall as she has Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome which has caused her not to grow from age 1-3.
  12. Ella Schmit of Bettendorf was the first girl from Iowa to win the prestigious USA Wrestling Triple Crown. She started wrestling at a very young age after watching her brother participate in practice and asking if she could participate too. She grew up wrestling some of the state’s best boys including state champion Eli Loyd, #2 ranked Keaton Ziemet, #2 Derrick Bass and #4 Dustin Borhen.
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