By: Karyssa McCubbin
Students came from as far as Florida to attend the annual Wonder Woman Wrestling Tournament in Columbia, Missouri.
The states in attendance this year were: Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Wonder Woman Wrestling Tournament is a wrestling meet in which only high school females can compete. The purpose of this tournament is to empower female wrestlers.
Lasting only two days, December 29 and 30, Centralia High School (CHS) took seven girls to compete in this double elimination tournament. This year CHS had one winner in their weight class. Freshman Jayci Shelton wrestled four matches before competing in the championship. Shelton won the championship match against another nationally ranked wrestler. “I feel like I wrestled pretty well, and I was proud of myself,” said Shelton.
“I thought the ladies did a great job of competing against the tough competition. Multiple undefeated wrestlers lost early in the tournament and I think that speaks volumes about the quality of competition that was there,” said Tyler Forsee, CHS wrestling coach.
The girls from CHS that competed in the tournament are: Senior, Ally Baer, Juniors Lyla Mattison, Madison Shelton and Jaylyn Woods, Sophomore, Haleigh Long and Freshmen Jamila Juma and Jayci Shelton. The CHS girls faced tough competition with 88 teams and 600 girls participating.
“This tournament is a very competitive tournament where our best wrestlers get some very tough matches. Our newer wrestlers also get to see some of the high-end talent that they can hopefully work to see where they need to be,“ said Forsee.