Four compete in 1st girls state tournament

Park Hill South sophomore Finley Bickford had the longest run of the area’s four girls state qualifiers in the inaugural meet in Columbia.

Bickford posted a 2-2 mark and made the consolation semifinals, where she lost to St. James’ Heather Pankey by a pin. Bickford (17-9 record) lost her opening match by a pin against Bethany Howard of Versailles.

In between, Bickford posted a 4-2 decision against Rebekah Floyd of Lutheran St. Charles and a pin against Northwest Cedar Hill’s Taylor Murphy.

Platte County’s Avery Krahenbill and KayLyn Munn each picked up a win at state before getting eliminated.

Krahenbill won 5-1 in her opener against Lillian Wallis of Rockwood Summit, before dropping her quarterfinal and wrestleback match. 

Munn lost to eventual state champion Ryan Schlereth of Hancock in the opening round, but then beat Melena Jones of North Kansas City by a 2-0 decision.

Krahenbill was 16-8 this year and Munn finished 11-7.

Mid-Buchanan wrestler and North Platte student Haley Sampson went 0-2 in her debut as the Dragons’ first state qualifier. She finished the year 10-5.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  Platte County’s Avery Krahenbill, left, battles Rockwood Summit’s Lillian Wallis in the first round of the state tournament.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo

Platte County’s Avery Krahenbill, left, battles Rockwood Summit’s Lillian Wallis in the first round of the state tournament.