Coulter claims state championship
By ROB HAMILTON -
Cardington senior Makenzie Coulter claimed a state championship at the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association’s Ohio Girls State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Coulter competed in the 115-pound weight class and won all three of her matches by pin — two in the second period and one in the first — to claim the title.
“It’s the first tournament I wrestled in that was strictly all girls,” she said. “I’d heard a couple things about girls having nationals and about a month-and-a-half ago, coach (John Hinton) told me about it and as soon as I had the paper in my hand, I filled it out because I knew that was what I wanted to do.”
She added that being in a wrestling family was a big help for her in improving as a wrestler. Her older brothers James and Josh were both state placers for Cardington during their high school careers.
“My oldest brother, James, helped me last weekend and is going up this weekend with me,” she said, while noting that Josh was a senior while she was a freshman, so she was able to work with him during practice.
Coulter will also compete at the USGWA National Championships at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. this weekend — a challenge she is looking forward to.
“I know it will be more difficult — it will be more competitive and there will be more people there,” she said. “I’ll just try my hardest and hope for the best.”