History continues to be made by the Switzerland County girls varsity wrestling team.
After qualifying four wrestlers for last week’s semistate, two Lady Pacer grapplers — Avy Burkholder and Klaire Redwine — earned the right to advance to tomorrow’s (Friday’s) Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals being held in Kokomo, Indiana.
Burkholder earned her ticket to the State Finals by winning the Semistate at 110-pounds. She is currently ranked #6 in the state in her weight class.
In winning, Burkholder defeated Ann Marie Shuler of Seymour. Shuler had been ranked #6 in Indiana in the weight class, and had defeated Burkholder in the Regional final. At the Semistate, Burkholder won by decision on an 8-6 score.
In the Semistate semifinal, Burkholder defeated Khloe Nedelsky of Mooresville, who at the time was ranked #10 in the state.
At the State Finals tomorrow (Friday), Burkholder will wrestle Mersaydes Carter of LaPorte —who finished fourth in her semistate — in the opening round.
Switzerland County coach David Wolf said that the top four individuals from each of the four Semistates advance to the State Finals, with each weight class having four brackets of four. The four advancers from a particular Semistate are then separated into one of those four brackets — meaning the second, third, and fourth place finishers from the Mooresville Semistate that Switzerland County participated in are in different divisions, so each wrestler will be competing against new competition until, in theory, they would reach the semifinals.
Klaire Redwine will be Switzerland County’s second entry into the State Finals. Redwine earned her place in Kokomo with a second place finish at the Semistate, losing to senior Sian Rogers of Jeffersonville, who is ranked #5 in the state.
At the State Finals, Redwine will open her competition in the 135-pound weight class with a match against Lina Lingo of Jay County High School, who finished third in her semistate. Her performance at the Semistate earned Redwine the #9 ranking in Indiana in her weight class.
“I am very proud of them,” Coach Wolf said. “They’ve all worked very hard.”
Switzerland County also had two other wrestlers advance to the semistate. Lady Pacers Serenity Simms and Maleah Wolf both lost in the first round and did not advance.