NE Kansas athletes claim first-ever high school girls wrestling titles
Washburn Rural's Dajia Anderson knew history was on the line when she took the mat Thursday in Salina, and she was determined to seize the moment.
"Just to be like, the first person in Kansas history to make it to state in 235 weight class, first person from my school - it's a lot to take in," the junior said.
She had a lot more to take in before the day was out - raising her hand in victory as the first-ever Kansas girls state high school champion in the 235 lb. class.
Her win helped Washburn Rural to the team title, edging Great Bend by four points.
Anderson wasn't the only northeast Kansas student athlete to pin their spot in history.
Junction City's Elisa Robinson capped an undefeated season, taking the title at 191 lbs.
"I like to see all the opportunities that these females are having, and seeing them all compete and achieving their goals," she said.
Other local champions included Morgan Mayginnes of Onaga, 155 lbs.; and Jolie Ziegler of Council Grove, 170 lbs.
Several other area athletes made the finals. Brianna Randles of Topeka West took second at 130 lbs., Kassidy Leisler of Concordia fell in the 101 lb. final, while Elise Rose of Marysville suffered her first loss of the season to finish runner-up at 123 lbs.