The first two girls to reach the state finals in the 85-year history of the Iowa high school wrestling tournament had mixed results on Thursday.Ottumwa
sophomore Megan Black was pinned by Logan Ryan of Bettendorf
in 52 seconds during her first-round Class 3A match at 112 pounds. She then was eliminated when she was pinned in the consolation round by Andres Gonzalez of Mason City
Black ended the season with a 25-15 record.
The other girl, Cedar Falls
freshman Cassy Herkeiman, received a forfeit in her opening 112-pound match from Jamie Northrup of Linn-Mar (Marion)
Northrup, who had a 35-4 record and was considered a strong contender for a state title, told the Des Moines Register, "I have a tremendous amount of respect for (Cassy) and ( Black) and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa."
Herkeiman will take a 21-13 record into Friday's quarterfinals.