Holden high school wrestlers Daylen and Macey Greene are the first brother and sister to compete in first-place matches in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championships.
The unprecedented occurrence took place on Thursday, Feb. 23, when Daylen, a junior, and Macey, in her freshman season on the Lady Eagles wresting team, both competed in their respective historical title bouts at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
A message received by Daylen and Macey’s mother Mandy Greene from a MSHSAA representative stated: ‘Yes, it is the first tournament to have a brother/sister duo make it to a championship match – before girls wrestling became it’s own sport, there was a brother/sister duo from St. Clair named Beltz. Both made it to the finals, however, the female student wrestled for third, not (in the) championship (bout).’
Daylen and Macey’s first-place matches took place simultaneously as the Holden wrestlers competed on mats diagonal from each other with six total matches taking place in the same finals round.
Daylen’s title match marked the third state meet medal match of his career after placing third at the state championships in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
His medal match this year ended with Daylen placing second in the 120-pound weight class. He fell to Centralia wrestler Brayden Dubes in the title bout after recording three championship-side bracket wins to make it to the gold medal match.
“It’s pretty wild to be honest,” said Daylen at the conclusion of the state championships. “It’s really cool to be wrestling with your sibling at the same time, same finals.”
Macey’s title match closed out competition in the 115-pound weight class in the 5th Girls MSHSAA Wrestling Championships.
Her route to the first-place match included wins over three wrestlers with combined season records of 115-36, as the freshman made a statement with the highest finish among the three state medalists on the Lady Eagles wrestling team.
Macey matched up against Southern Boone wrestler Callie Bergthold (42-2) in Macey’s first-ever state championships medal match. Macey would finish in second place to match Daylen’s placing.
“Her bracket was crazy,” said Daylen of Macey’s stiff competition in the 115-pound bracket. “It was a big upset. I was really proud of her.”
The simultaneous timing of the matches allowed little time for the two wrestlers to take in each other’s medal moment.
“I’ve always watched him, especially at state,” said Macey after her match. “I was trying to glance over at times. It was definitely cool being out there at the same time.”
Daylen ends the season with a record of 44-2, and a silver all-state medal.
Macey ends the season with a record of 47-15, and a silver all-state medal.
Daylen and Macey both end the season in the MSHSAA record books.