Solon girls wrestling excited for state tournament in first season

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 8:51 PM CST
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SOLON, Iowa (KCRG) - Girls wrestling continues to grow in the state of Iowa. Solon added its own program this season and is ready to compete in the state tournament on Friday and Saturday in Coralville.

Two girls wrestled for the boys team last year, but head coach Jake Munson felt more girls would participate if a separate team was added, and there was a lot of interest.

“The team that we have with the 11 girls, we didn’t get one group of friends that came out or a particular sport that crossed over,” Munson said. “Our girls are from all different backgrounds.”

Senior Sydney Langenberg mostly played volleyball her entire high school career, as well as basketball and softball, but never wrestled in her life. She was hooked once she participated in the tryouts.

“I kind of expected not to like it,” Langenberg said. “I got there and I loved it.”

The addition of a girls program has also given someone like sophomore Addison Burden new opportunities. She was one of two female wrestlers that was on the boys team last year.

“I had to struggle sometimes through people thinking I wasn’t good enough because of my gender or people not treating me exactly how they would treat another teammate,” Burden said. “I’ve always wanted to show them that even though I’m a girl, it doesn’t mean anything. I can still do everything that all the guys can do.”

The state tournament will be held at Xtream Arena in Coralville.

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