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Orioles a part of history: Otte takes second, Fischer fourth in first ever Girls’ State Wrestling

By Anne Homan

This past weekend four Lennox High School wrestlers, two girls and two boys, headed west to compete in the 2021 State A Wrestling Tournament. It was an historical weekend with the first ever girls’ State Wrestling Championships being held. Lennox was proud to be a part of history in the making.

LHS senior, Brooke Otte, wrestled her way to the Championship match at 275 pounds beginning State with a bye. She then took on West Central’s Allison Foote, who she pinned in 1:07 to advance to the title round. In the Championship match, Otte faced off against Pierre’s Ciara McFarling who won by fall in five minutes, giving Otte runner-up honors and making school history in the process with the first LHS girl to place in State wrestling.

“Brooke was a great leader for young girls to look up to this season. She came out not truly knowing much about how to do moves in wrestling but just went day by day and grinded,” said LHS head coach Blake Crosby. “She put in the work to get herself into the state finals. She showed that if you put your mind to something you can do anything.”

Lennox’s Alexis Fischer also made history this past weekend, reaching the podium at 167 pounds. Fischer began her State run with a bye before losing by decision, 9-3, to Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s Ali Bissell in the semi-finals. Fischer then dropped down to the consolation round where she bounced back, winning by fall in 2:24

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