Roland-Story freshman Samantha Hendrian became the first Norse wrestler to compete in the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association girls’ state wrestling tournament last Friday and Saturday in Waverly.
Hendrian, the daughter of Dave and Jennifer Hendrian of Story City, competed at 152 pounds as the first Roland-Story wrestler to compete at the girls’ state meet. She was one of 31 wrestlers in her weight class and finished 2-2.
Hendrian lost to Washington’s Teegan Sulentich by fall and came back from a 4-0 deficit to pin Central Elkader’s Rebecca Suhr in three minutes, 45 seconds. It was the first varsity pin of her career.
In her third match on Friday Hendrian again had a comeback win against Atlantic’s Kenzie Hoffman. Hendrian was down 6-0, but pulled within two points then earned another fall in 3:02.
Hendrian wrapped up the tournament the Saturday against Alexis Franco of Sumner-Fredericksburg, losing by fall.
“It was a very exciting tournament with all of the girls for so many schools across the state,” Roland-Story assistant coach Lyle Schwartz said. “Sam Hendrian can be proud of how she represented her school and family.”
Alaina Schmidt of Dubuque Wahlert was the girls’ state champion at 152.