Local ladies compete in state wrestling tournament

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Central Crossing High School sophomore Addison Rudolph capped off her wrestling season with a trip to the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls State Tournament. This was a trip she earned by taking first place in the district’s tournament a week earlier. The event was held Feb. 19-20 at Hilliard Davidson. Rudolph won four of her five matches taking third place in the 105-pound weight class, only losing to eventual champ Chloe Dearwester of Harrison. Rudolph is shown here after her win over Scotlyn Adams of West Union. Rudolph has been wrestling since third grade and is the only girl on the Central Crossing team this season and has no trouble holding her own, training with the boys, according to Coach Jamie Ramirez.
Francesca Lanese of Grove City High School got off to a good start with a pin in her first round. Lanese claimed the title in 2020 in the first year of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls State Tournament as a sophomore in the 160-pound class. This year’s title bid was stopped short with a second round elbow injury against eventual champ, Payton Curley. Lanese battled back pinning her next three opponents, the first of which being Olivia Perry of Port Clinton (shown here). Lanese was one of three wrestlers this year from Grove City High School, but the only to qualify for the state tournament. She wrapped up the season winning four of her six matches, all with pins, placing fourth in the state’s 170-pound class.
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