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Martin Luther Female Wrestler Makes History

By Corey Scheel, 01/27/20, 6:30PM CST

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Justine Hansen is State Champion

On Saturday, January 25th, the 2020 Wisconsin High School Girls Championships were held at Wausau West high School, sponsored by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association. 

For the fifth year Wisconsin high school girls will take to the mat in the appropriately named Wisconsin High School Girls Championships. The girls event joined the Wisconsin Wrestling Challenge Series in 2016 at Wausau West with 28 girls entered. The number has climbed yearly with 38 entries in 2017, 48 in 2018 and 61 entries in 2019. Nearly 120 girls competed at the 2020 championships. The event was open to all girls on Wisconsin high school wrestling teams. 

According to numbers on Trackwrestling.com girls wrestling numbers on Wisconsin high school teams have grown to over 350 female participants in 2019-2020. The sport of girls wrestling is now recognized in 20 states as an official high school sport. The continued growth of girls’ wrestling in Wisconsin has fans excited. 

Senior wrestlers, Kimi Sanchez and Justine Hansen, who both have wrestled for the past two seasons traveled to Wausau with Coach Romano to represent Martin Luther in the event.  Kimi competed at the 195lb weight class and finished 4th with some hard-fought matches. 

Justine, who ended up wrestling in the combined 220/285 weight class went 2-0 on the day and was Martin Luther's first female wrestling state champion!

Justine has been a huge supporter and pusher of ML girls wrestling and because of the work she has done and the success that she has had, it will keep the sport alive here at ML in the years to come. 

Each of the girls will continue to compete in the WIAA tournament series with the opportunity to wrestle in the WIAA Regional, Sectional and State tournaments.  Girls wrestling continues to grow and in time will be recognized at its own WIAA sanctioned sport, so these ladies can have a level playing field throughout the entire year. 

Special thanks to our wrestling parents who continue to support the sport and push all our young men and women to continue to grow and better themselves.