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TopSports.news’ 15 girls wrestlers to watch in 2021-2022

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CARMEN ALSTON, Washburn Rural

A junior, Alston earned first-team TopSports.news All-Shawnee County recognition last season for Washburn Rural at 138 pounds. Alston was the runner-up in the Centennial League meet and posted a top-four finish in regional competition.

MarandaBellstateShawnee Heights senior Maranda Bell posted a third-place state finish a year ago and is ranked No. 2 at 191 pounds. [File photo]

MARANDA BELL, Shawnee Heights

A senior, Bell is currently second-ranked in Division I at 191 pounds by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association after placing third in the Division I state tournament last season and posting a 31-5 record on the season. Bell was named to the TSN All-Shawnee County first team as a junior.

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A junior, Broxterman advanced to the 120-pound Division I state final last season and is currently-ranked No. 1 by the KWCA. Broxterman went 22-7 on the season as a sophomore en route to her state runner-up finish, earning first-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors. She captured Centennial League and regional titles before taking second at sub-state.


ALEXANDRIA BUCE, Shawnee Heights

A senior, Buce is currently ranked third in Division I at 101 pounds by the KWCA after earning TSN All-Shawnee County first-team recognition last season. Buce posted a 24-6 record and was a state qualifier a year ago, finishing third at sub-state and second at regionals.

MOLLY BUSENITZ, Shawnee Heights

Busenitz, a junior, posted a 22-8 record last season, qualifying for the state meet and earning a second-team spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County team. Busenitz is currently ranked fifth in Division I by the KWCA at 115 pounds.

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LAIKEN CLARK, Washburn Rural

A sophomore, Clark earned first-team All-Shawnee County recognition last season for the Junior Blues. Clark posted an 11-5 record at 143 pounds, finishing second in the Centennial League meet before taking second at regionals. 


A 126-pound junior, Frederickson placed fifth in the Division I state tournament last season, posting a 25-14 record. Frederickson, currently ranked No. 4 by the KWCA, earned first-team honors on TSN All-Shawnee County team as a sophomore.

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Horton, a sophomore, posted a 36-13 record last season at 155 pounds for Silver Lake, earning a fourth-place finish in the Division II state tournament and a spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County first team. 

KendraHurlaRossville sophomore Kendra Hurla is a returning Division II state champion and top-ranked at 126 pounds. [Photo by Jeff Jacobsen/Action Images Photography]


Currently ranked No. 1 by the KWCA in Division II at 126 pounds, Hurla was named the TSN All-Shawnee County newcomer of the year last year and was a first-team All-County pick as a freshman after posting a 23-2 record and winning the Division II state title at 120 pounds. 

Jaliah JohnsonWashburn Rural senior Jaliah Johnson (right) has finished third at state the past two seasons, helping lead the Junior Blues to back-to-back state titles. [File photo]

JALIAH JOHNSON, Washburn Rural

Johnson, a senior, is top-ranked in the Division I KWCA rankings at 155 pounds after finishing third at state the past two seasons for the two-time state-champion Junior Blues. Johnson posted a 32-6 record and was third at 170 pounds a year ago, earning TSN All-Shawnee County first-team honors. Johnson was the Centennial League champ last season and then took third at regionals and sub-state.

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A sophomore, Lacock is currently No. 1-ranked in Division II at 120 pounds after posting a 20-7 record and placing fourth at 115 pounds a year ago en route to earning TSN All-Shawnee County first-team honors for the Bulldawgs.


Murray, a sophomore, earned a spot on the TSN All-Shawnee County first team last season at 126 pounds in Seaman's first season fielding a girls wrestling team. Murray finished the season with a 10-8 record and was one win away from making it to the Division I state tournament. She took fourth at regionals and fifth at sub-state.

Rylee MurraySeaman's Rylee Murray stands on top of the victory stand after winning the 115-pound Centennial League wrestling title last season. [File photo/TSN]


A senior, Murray was named the outstanding wrestler in the 2021 Centennial League meet after winning the 115-pound title and becoming the first girls league wrestling champion for Seaman. Murray was a second-team All-Shawnee County selection last season.

SHAYNE MILES, Washburn Rural

A senior, Miles posted a 30-12 record last season at 115 pounds for the team-champion Junior Blues, placing sixth in the Division I state meet and earning first-team recognition on the TSN All-Shawnee County team. Miles finished second at regionals and sub-state.

RILEY THOMPSON, Shawnee Heights

Thompson, a junior, placed fifth in the Division I state tournament at 120 pounds and posted a 23-13 record last season and is currently ranked fifth by the KWCA.

Other wrestlers to watch (Based on 2020-2021 season)::

Seaman: Jenna Best, Alex Cannon, Grace Cheney, Allegra Dees, Kaidence Heston, Rylee Murray, Olivet Shove, Lauren Wilson. Shawnee Heights: Emma Conway, Hailey Haltom, Gloria Lillch, Isabelle Sanchez, Odessa Schmidt, Emily Ward. Silver Lake: Avery Henderson. Washburn Rural: Laiken Clark, Kaitlyn Morris, Holden Oswalt, Kristen Rezac, Sophia Ross.