The Holden Lady Eagles wrestling team capped off its Senior Night activities by defeating the visiting Higginsville Lady Huskers by the final score of 40-24 on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Lady Eagle seniors Charlie Gregg, MaReya May, and Faithann Brown were recognized prior to the dual meet against Higginsville in which all three Holden seniors gained victories.
Gregg recorded a win by pin against Myla Petersen in the 140-pound match as Gregg added to her Holden school record for wins by pin.
“It was very emotional and very…it kind of soaks in all at once, but I’m excited to go to districts in a couple weeks and get the work done that we need to get done,” said Gregg after collecting both an individual win, and a team win on Senior Night in her final home dual meet. “Winning was my main focus. That was nice.
“It went by really fast,” added Gregg. “I’m excited with the way it’s been working out recently, so I hope we can keep up the momentum to keep getting what needs to be done.”
“Charlie will be our second four-year participant,” stated Holden girls wrestling coach Ron Franklin with Gregg joining Tasia Lee who graduated last spring as the Holden girls wrestling program’s first four-year team member. “Those individuals cannot be replaced by a freshman. You just hope incoming freshmen can look at and strive for the marks that she leaves behind.”
Gregg’s accomplishments are many within the wrestling program with her surpassing the 100-wins total during her junior season. She became a two-time state meet qualifier last season, ending the state tournament with a fifth-place medal as one of Holden’s first three all-state medalists.
“Charlie will leave the program at the end of the season with nearly all of the trackable school records,” continued coach Franklin in regard to the team captain. “She hit all the milestones that a wrestler can hit over a career. She will for a period of time be one of the most decorated athletes in Holden School history, and definitely one of the most decorated and accomplished wrestlers that Holden has produced.
“The best thing that I can say about Charlie is that she understands that all the records she has will not last forever, but also knows that the marks she set makes her one of the founding mothers of the Lady Eagles wrestling program.”
Gregg tipped her cap to this year’s team as she represents a integral part of the Lady Eagles wrestling program after wrestling on a team of five wrestlers her freshman season, watching the team grow to eight members her sophomore season, competing on a squad of 10 team members last year, and seeing the successes of this year’s team of nine wrestlers which includes a handful of first-year wrestlers.
“It’s really cool to see the program building, and getting better,” said Gregg. “We were really good last year, and we’re pretty good this year. We have a couple new wrestlers that aren’t bad at all, and it’s exciting to see that people are picking it up and into it.”
Senior and third-year team member May had her hand raised in a win by forfeit against Higginsville, just one night after earning a win by pin in a crucial conference dual meet against Knob Noster.
“MaReya May is always going to be the hostess with the mostest,” said coach Franklin of the congenial competitor who also serves as a team captain. “That girl can make friends with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. She is the girl that I have that is the most likely to slap you in a headlock on the mat and then ask for your Snapchat.
“No single individual has surprised me more than MaReya May who has competed for three years for the Lady Eagles,”added coach Franklin. “She competes in competitive shooting, and on top of that, represents the state and county in national beauty pageants. That has to make her have one of the most diverse resumes that I have ever coached. She has been an excellent senior, and she will be missed next season.”
Senior first-year team member Faithann Brown scored a win for Holden versus Higginsville by pinning Violet Clark in the Senior Night 100-pound match.
“Faithann is a first-year senior that has found herself success at 100,” said coach Franklin. “She has come along since day one. She had a very successful January, and has put herself in position to compete at districts. She has been a great addition to a team that lost the group of seniors that we did. The only regret for her and I are we just have this single season.”
Sophomore Macey Greene scored six points for Holden by pinning Lady Husker Skylah Burton in the 115-pound match.
Completing Holden’s wins in contested matches on the night, sophomore Bobbie Diibon wrestled to a major decision by an 8-0 score against Lexi Schloman in the 170-pound match.
Sophomore Haley Brooks and freshman Mila Turpin recorded wins by forfeit for Holden.
Higginsville accumulated its 24 team points on one win by pin and three wins by forfeit.
The win against Higginsville put the Holden girls wrestling team’s MRVC-East mark at 4-1 on the season for a second-place finish in the conference.
Lady Eagles Wrestling Results From Richmond Triangular Meet
With a chance to repeat as MRVC-East regular season dual meet champions, the Holden girls wrestling team travelled to Richmond High School to take on Richmond and Knob Noster on Tuesday, Jan. 30.
In a dual meet that would ultimately decide the conference championship, the Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Panthers of Knob Noster by the final score of 36-33 in the dual meet.
Lady Eagle wrestlers Faithann Brown at 100 pounds, MaReya May at 125 pounds, and Charlie Gregg at 135 pounds each wrestled to wins by pin.
Haley Brooks recorded a win by decision in an 8-1 score over her Knob Noster opponent in the 110-pound match. Lady Eagle wrestlers Macey Greene and Bobbie Diibon each recorded wins by forfeit.
Knob Noster notched four wins by pin on the night to go with two wins by forfeit.
“I’ve got to come clean like I did with my girls,” said coach Franklin. “We lost the Knob Noster dual because I gambled and lost. So we lost the conference championship because I made a decision that did not come out the way I expected. I made a choice to wrestle a girl in a position that I hoped was in her favor rather than pull her from the lineup. That decision allowed for the dual’s final result to be what it was rather than the criteria win I was hoping for. So that is on me.
“We finished the conference duals on Wednesday night when we defeated Higginsville, therefore, the gamble I took was really painful to my ego and the final standings,” continued coach Franklin. “We finished second in the conference behind Knob Noster.”
The Holden girls wrestling team’s dual meet against Richmond featured no head-to-head matches. The Lady Eagles totaled eight wins by forfeit as the Lady Spartans gathered three wins by forfeit for a 48-18 final score in Holden’s favor.
Notably, Lady Eagle sophomore Ady Yoder sat out of competitions due to pre-district match count limitations.
“We only had eight girls last week, so winning those key conference duals was very difficult,” said coach Franklin.