Oconomowoc, Wis. — The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation’s (WWF) Womens High School Folkstyle State Championships went off without a hitch last weekend. The brackets were dotted with nationally ranked wrestlers, returning champions and a number of new faces that emerged on the podium.
Rose Ann Marshall, a senior at Stoughton High School, went 4-0 and claimed the 113-pound title. Marshall is ranked No. 14 in the nation at 117 pounds and defeated Caitlyn Kelly (No. 18) in the semifinals, 4-1. She collected her third state title with a fall over Northern Ozaukee’s freshman Mya Delleree in finals. Marshall will continue her academic and wrestling career at first-year program Friends University in the fall.
Maybe the most tightly contested finals match was at 126 pounds between Mount Horeb’s Hannah Errthum and Mineral Point’s Kylie Rule. Locked up at 6-6 in the third period, Errthum secured a final takedown and kept Rule down to finish the match with a win by decision, 8-6. Both wrestlers are part of Team Wisconsin and train together at Combat Wrestling Club in Blue River. Errthum hits the top-15 list of USA Wrestling’s National High School Rankings at No. 12 (132 pounds).
Brookfield junior Marisa Roth—the 138-pound champion—said she did some of her best wrestling this weekend. “I really wanted to go into this and wrestle how I do in practice and have fun with it, and I think I was able to do that in all my matches.” This was Marisa’s second state title.
Sophomore Brooke Schueneman went 4-0 on the day claiming the 120-pound title. She said this is only the third all-girls tournament she’s wrestled in for high school, and that having a women’s specific championship allows her to wrestle against opponents that are like her: “. . . it’s a totally different wrestling style and it’s awesome to have it.”
Sophia Brynman-Metcalf, nationally ranked No. 7 at 127, became a two-time state-champion after claiming the 132-pound title. Brookfield East senior Brooke Crawley—4th at 120 pounds—is headed to North Central College in the fall.
At just under 100 registrants this season the WWF recorded the highest number of wrestlers to participate in the unofficial state championship. While the WWF has been providing this necessary championship void for girls in Wisconsin, it could have potentially been the last if everything goes as planned in the state. The WIAA voted last summer to support a state championship for the 2021-22 season for girls. The girls will wrestle alongside and with boys’ teams during the season, and then compete in a girls-only championship in the post season. The WIAA considers this a first step toward officially sanctioning the sport at the high school level.
There are four college programs with women’s wrestling in Wisconsin: Lakeland was the first, followed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Carthage College and Concordia University-Wisconsin. A number of Wisconsin natives compete collegiately in the NAIA and NCAA, and there are senior level wrestlers training at Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls, and at the Wisconsin RTC in Madison.
2021 WWF Womens High School Folkstyle State Champions
96 lbs: Karina Torres (Kenosha Wrestling Academy)
106 lbs: Bopasoreya Quintana (WWF)
113 lbs: Rose Ann Marshall (Stoughton) – (USAW ranked, No. 14 at 117)
120 lbs: Brooke Schuenemann (Plymouth)
126 lbs: Hanna Errthum (Mount Horeb) – (USAW ranked, No. 12 at 127)
132 lbs: Sofia Brynman-Metcalf (Oconomowoc) – (USAW ranked, No. 7 at 127)
138 lbs: Marisa Roth (Ringers Wrestling)
145 lbs: Z. Asymina Zwart (Ringers Wrestling)
152 lbs: Alexandra Hofricher (Antigo)
160 lbs: Rachel Schauer (Fennimore) – (USAW ranked, No. 18 at 164)
170 lbs: Cyriana Reinwald (Horicon Marsh)
182 lbs: Kaylie Upson (Phillips) – (USAW ranked, No. 21 at 144)
195 lbs: Abigale Swanson (Rhinelander)
220 lbs: Leah Mindiola (Oconomowoc) – (USAW ranked No. 9 at 200)
This article was originally published online at Transition Wrestling, an independent source of journalism in the women's wrestling community.