Tuesday, March 21

    Girls State Wrestling Tournament pairings

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    The stage is set for the 2022 Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls State Championships.

    Brackets for the tournament have been released and first-round matchups for the nine area girls who will compete are shown below.


    Harvey’s Melany Herrera, a returning state qualifier, is ranked 13th in the state at 100 pounds. She’ll wrestle top-ranked Makennah Craft of Jackson High School in the first round. Herrera went 1-2 at the state tournament last winter.


    Brooklyn’s Sofia Collins will wrestle fifth-ranked Lexi Simmons of Olentangy Orange. Simmons is a returning state qualifier. She was 1-2 at the tournament last season.


    Mentor’s Ava Nelson enters the tournament ranked 10th. She’ll wrestled returning state qualifier Jacee Altaffer of Montepelier in the first round. Altaffer was 0-2 at state last season.


    Lutheran West’s Catie Kerr is ranked 10th at 120 pounds. She’ll wrestle Columbus South’s Katina Ayala-Olguin in the first round. Kerr is making her third state appearance. She was 1-1 last season. Ayala-Olguin is making her first appearance at the state tournament.


    Brush’s Joshika Sherpa will make her first trip to the state tournament, where she’ll wrestle third-ranked Rachel Nusky of Hamilton Badin in the first round. Nusky was the state runner-up at 121 pounds last winter.


    Lutheran West’s Nat Rodriguez earned her first state berth. She’ll wrestle 15th ranked Sophia Rohrs of Lebanon in the first round.


    Lutheran West’s Jaeyla Reyes will wrestle 13th-ranked Lexi Fornshell of Lebanon in her first state tournament bout.

    Mentor’s Erika Novak enters her second straight state tournament ranked 15th in the state. She was 1-2 at 150 pounds last year. She’ll wrestle 9th-ranked Jesse Foebar of Clermont Northeastern in the first round. Foebar defeated Novak in the consolation bracket at last year’s state tournament, 7-2, on her way to a fifth-place finish.


    Lutheran West’s Paris Willis enters her first state tournament ranked 13th in the state. She’ll wrestle 9th-ranked Olivia Perry of Port Clinton in the first round. Perry is making her first trip to state as well.


    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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