Stith breaks new ground
SALEM — Salem freshman Karlie Stith won the 143-pound class on Saturday at the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Northeast District Tournament at Lutheran West High School.
Stith is the first Salem girls wrestler to compete in this tournament and advances to the state tournament set for Saturday and Sunday at Hilliard Davidson High School.
Stith pinned Oberlin’s Lashell Bell in 3:33 and Mentor’s Brianna O’Brien in 1:32 to win her weight class at districts.
Stith is paired against Reynoldsburg’s Christy Thelusma in the first round of the state tournament. The 143-pound class has 16 competitors scheduled to wrestle.
This is the second year of the girls wrestling state tournament with 14 weight classes.
Minerva has five state qualifiers, including sophomore Alaina Jackson, the defending state champion and ranked No. 1 at 235 pounts.
Jackson and junior Jada Shafer (111) were district champions. Shafer is ranked fifth in her weight class.
Minerva junior Michaela Jackson returns to state after placing fifth at 121 pounds last year. She is ranked ninth at 126 pounds this year.
Also for Minerva, sophomore Emma Hilliard is ranked seventh at 189 pounds, senior Kayla Phillips is ranked eighth at 121 pounds and sophomore Paige Lucas is ranked 10th at 106 pounds.
Each wrestler can get two parents tickets for $10 per day.
Wrestling will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.