Girls wrestling looks to continue dominance in the upcoming season

Now-senior Sarah Schenck and the rest of the Forest Hills Central lady wrestlers were able to break boundaries last year at the first-ever Michigan Girls Wrestling State Championship. 

At states, the ladies finished their first season successfully. Four of the ladies competed and medaled, including senior Megan Stockenauer, junior Sarah Schenck, junior Shay Keaton, and sophomore Rachel Schenck. 

Throughout the season, the girls put in countless hours in the wrestling room and were able to see results when competing against other girls throughout the state.  

“They practiced hard, they fought hard, they were dedicated, and they were hungry for competition,” head coach Brad Anderson said.

Every girl on the team last season was a first-year wrestler, which made their journey to the state tournament all that more impressive. Seniors Hannah Becker and junior Janae Vandyke, who participated at the state tournament last year, as well as state placers Sarah, Rachel, and Shay, are all returning to the room and are prepared to work especially hard this upcoming season. New lady wrestlers on the team this year include junior Rebecca Dooley, senior Elena Kelby, sophomore Remmie Gavle, and junior Rhonda Arius. 

“I’m extremely excited to see how the new girls on the team grow this season, and I’m excited to see how far they can go,” Hannah said.

The girls have four very difficult events scheduled for the season to compete in, including the Kent County Championship, Rangers Brawl Round Robin, Kalamazoo Central Individual Tournament, and the Michigan Wrestling Association State Finals. The girls have high expectations to perform well at each. 

Anderson is beyond excited for the girls to perform at a high level throughout the season and dominate every opponent they face. 

“The lady Rangers are off to a great start,” Anderson said. “Rachel and Sarah Schenck haven’t missed a beat and are wrestling at a high level again like they were last year. Hannah Becker has put in an incredible amount of time and is an absolute beast at her weight class. We will be a force to be reckoned with at the state tournament and all season. I look forward to our girls being dominant. We are the largest girls team in the state, and hopefully, we will continue our tradition of excellence.”