Girls Preview: Contenders Compete for 1st MHSAA Finals Titles

By Geoff Kimmerly senior editor

March 3, 2022

The first MHSAA champions in any sport are always recalled with special recognition. This weekend, the first champions of the Individual Wrestling Finals girls division will become part of that history.

This season’s event at Ford Field will be following up state tournaments conducted by the Michigan Wrestling Association the last three years, and those championship meets are referenced frequently below as we preview some of the first MHSAA Finals’ title contenders.

The Grand March on Friday begins at 10 a.m., with wrestling through semifinals that evening. Wrestling begins again at 9 a.m. Saturday with championship matches at 3:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Ford Field. All matches will be broadcast live on, and we’ll talk to all 14 champions in each division for our Second Half coverage published later that evening and overnight. See the MHSAA Wrestling Finals page for more information and to follow results this weekend.

100 Emme Hicks, Saline junior (24-10) – She’s become one of the early stars in this division entering this weekend after winning MWA championships at 97 pounds both of her first two high school seasons.

120 Angelina Pena, Milan sophomore (10-2) – She won the MWA title at 122 pounds in 2021 and claimed this season’s Regional with two pins and two major decisions.

125 Ryen Allen, Goodrich sophomore (3-0) – She was the 132-pound MWA champ in 2021 and won by pin all three of her Regional matches two weekends ago.

155 Amarisa Manuel, Romeo sophomore (6-0) – Last year’s 145-pound MWA champion also won all three of her Regional matches by pin this season.

170 Khloe Williams, Clio junior (5-1) – She has plenty of high school championship match experience after winning the MWA title at 168 as a freshman and finishing runner-up last season.

170 Sabrina Nauss, Brighton sophomore (14-5) – She claimed last year’s MWA title at 168 and advanced to this weekend with two pins at Regionals.

170 Bo Geibe, Constantine senior (22-3) – She was Regional runner-up to Williams and has championship match experience as well with an MWA title at 189 as a freshman and runner-up finish at 168 as a sophomore.

190 Kailyn Garrett, South Lyon senior (12-17) – She won the 184-pound MWA title as a sophomore and was the 189 runner-up as a freshman. She also won her Regional two weekends ago with a pair of falls.

190 Gabriella Allen, Marcellus sophomore (20-12) – The MWA runner-up at 184 as a freshman, she won her Regional this season with three pins in a combined 4:28.

255 Eliana Bommarito, Hartland senior (17-6) – She’s aiming for her fourth high school championship after winning MWA titles at 235 as a freshman and 270 the last two seasons.

Other Regional champions: 100 Tricia Pyrzewski, Gladwin sophomore (31-12); 105 Sky Langewicz, Algonac freshman (29-3); 105 Sunni LaFond, Gaylord freshman (29-8); 110 Savannah Winkleblack, Montague sophomore (20-14); 110 Elena Gassner, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley junior (20-14); 115 Margaret Buurma, Fowlerville freshman (28-15); 115 Faith Burgess, Grand Blanc freshman (22-6); 120 Arden Eschtruth, Midland junior (19-4); 125 Kennedy Tiitola, Saginaw Swan Valley sophomore (21-4); 130 Tyler Swanigan, South Lyon East sophomore (24-17); 130 Faith Blackburn, Clinton sophomore (20-1); 135 Morgan Bailey, Gladwin senior (20-18); 135 Kennedy Edson, Lawrence junior (13-4); 140 Erin McArdle, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker senior (3-0); 140 Emma Pendell, Montague sophomore (18-8); 145 Libia Hernandez, Wyoming Lee senior (15-9); 145 Mishell Rebisch, Romeo sophomore (7-0); 155 Lydia Krauss, Boyne City senior (36-8); 255 Madasyn Frisbee, Belding freshman (14-9).

PHOTO Gaylord’s Sunni LaFond wrestles during Friday’s Division 2 Team Quarterfinals at Wings Event Center. (Click to see more from

Performance of the Week: Iron Mountain's Shayna Hruska

January 27, 2023

Shayna HruskaShayna Hruska ♦ Iron Mountain
Junior ♦ Wrestling

With an 8-2 decision win in the 106-pound final Saturday, Hruska became the first female champion at the annual Upper Peninsula Championships, and she then was selected the event’s “Outstanding Wrestler” for going 3-0 also with pins in her first two matches of the tournament. Those victories improved her record to 18-6 this season.

Hruska began wrestling in third grade and finished fourth at 97 pounds as a freshman at the 2021 Michigan Wrestling Association Girls Championships. She then finished second at her District to reach Regionals competing in the bracket with the boys last season. She entered last week’s U.P. Championships title coming off a runner-up finish at the Escanaba Elks Invitational on Jan. 7 and the championship at 106 at Kingsford’s Ray Mariucci Wrestling Invitational on Jan. 14.

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2022-23 Honorees

Jan. 19: Kayla Tafanelli, Warren Woods-Tower bowling - Report
Dec. 20:
Brenden Paden, Riverview Gabriel Richard hockey - Report
Dec. 16:
Tuff Scott, Holton bowling - Report
Dec. 9:
Macey Fegan, Standish-Sterling basketball - Report
Dec. 2:
Treyton Siegert, Gladwin football - Report
Nov. 24:
Lily Witte, Dexter diving - Report
Nov. 17:
Navea Gauthier, Shelby volleyball - Report
Nov. 10:
Derek Huisman, Holland Christian soccer - Report
Nov. 3:
Thomas Westphal, New Baltimore Anchor Bay cross country - Report
Oct. 27:
Justin Wickey, Colon football - Report
Oct. 20:
Owen DeMuth, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood tennis - Report
Oct. 13:
Mia Melendez, Ann Arbor Greenhills golf - Report
Oct. 6:
Shawn Foster, Grand Ledge football - Report
Sept. 30:
Hannah Smith, Temperance Bedford swimming - Report
Sept. 22:
Helen Sachs, Holland West Ottawa cross country - Report
Sept. 15:
Nina Horning, Lake Orion volleyball - Report
Sept 8:
Arturo Romero, Muskegon Oakridge soccer - Report
Sept. 1:
Austin King, Midland Dow tennis - Report
Aug. 25:
Olivia Hemmila, Troy Athens golf - Report

(Photos courtesy of the Iron Mountain High School athletic department.)