Senior wrestler Liz Matis competed in the first girls wrestling tournament of the season at Olentangy Orange high school yesterday. It was a neat experience because a boys tournament and a girls tournament were run simultaneously. The Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association will for the first time hold a girls state tournament on February 22nd and 23rd. To say the least, it’s an exciting time for girls wrestling in Ohio!
Each tournament, each match is crucial to a wrestlers development. Liz has worked extremely hard this offseason to improve her mental preparation and skills for her senior campaign. Liz finished the day 2-1 and placed 2nd in the 111 lb. weight division. Here are her match results:
In her quarterfinal match , she hit a quick Hi-C and pinned her first opponent from Mentor in :23 seconds.
In her semifinal match she faced a little adversity. She was losing 2-5 to end the first period, her opponent from Marysville chose down and Liz wrestled TOUGH on top! She turned her twice before pinning her midway through the 2nd period.
Her finals match by far was against the best girl at the tournament, she wrestled Olivia Shore from Miami East. Shore was a 2017 Cadet world team member for the United States, and qualified for the state tournament last year where she went 1-2, just 1 match shy of placing. Liz wrestled hard, however, she eventually lost a tough match. Each match has value and she learned many things from wrestling in this tournament that will prepare her for the girls state tournament.
I’d like to thank the Olentangy Orange staff for supporting and promoting girls wrestling and for running a very organized tournament. What a way to showcase our talented female wrestlers in Ohio! #RedmenStrong