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Penn wins first Girls Wrestling State Championship

Penn's State Championship Girls Wrestling Team.

Penn High School’s Girls Wrestling program served immediate notice that the Kingsmen will be a force, storming to the first Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Championship.


Penn High School won the event with 67 points, well outpacing the rest of the schools in the 44-team event on Jan. 20 at Hamilton Heights High School. Hamilton Heights was second with 27 points.


Jaden Johnson led Penn with state championship in the 88-pound weight class.


“What a outstanding opportunity for our high school girls,” Penn coach Brad Harper said. “Having an all-Girls Wrestling Team has been a goal for our program to develop ever since (Olympic hopeful) Sarah Hildbrandt left our program.


“Now that they offer an all-Girls Wrestling State Finals, we have develop amazing girls wrestling team,” Harper said. “I’m proud that we made history who has made history by winning the very first all-Girls Wrestling State Finals.


Harper said that if any girl would like to join Penn’s all-Girls Wrestling Team, no experience is required, just a willingness to learn and to be the best.”


Penn results:

88 – Jaden Johnson placed 1st, winning by falls in rounds two & three to win the tournament.

98 – Eryn Benak placed 3rd

138 – Alexis Garwood placed 5th.

152 – Madison Burke placed 5th.

160 – Morgan Caldwell placed 2nd.

170 – Karissa Bennett placed 4th.

170 – Fernanda Arjona placed 2nd.

182 – Kaylee Meyers placed 5th.

195 – Aisha Helepa placed 2nd.

220 – Andelisia Henry placed 2nd.

285 – Mikayla Ringer placed 3rd.