East Hardy Wrestling junior SierraMarie Miller garnered the first West Virginia Girls State Wrestling Championship title in program history and three teammates reached the podium during this inaugural tournament held at Parkersburg South High School last Saturday.
“It was an amazing experience for SierraMarie. She has worked for years to get to this point and we knew if we ever had a Girls State Championship in West Virginia, she would be a contender. She has never lost to a female wrestler, so we were confident she could compete. The entire team enjoyed the experience and they all wrestled well,” East Hardy Wrestling coach Stevie Miller commented.
“We had SierraMarie, Erin and Victoria who have wrestled boys all year long and were happy to compete against females. Then we had Madison, Gabreanna and Courtney who wrestled their first matches ever at the tournament. All the girls performed well and never gave up. These girls are warriors and I am proud to be their coach. For the first ever girls championship I was impressed by the quality of wrestling. They all wrestled great. The competition was solid in all weight classes.”
The East Hardy contingent were described as warrior princesses in how they persevered and conquered the competition.
An announcement at the WV Girls State Wrestling Championships stated there were 70 participants from across the state ready to battle for titles in their respective divisions.
Miller went undefeated in the 118-lb. weight class with some of the fastest pins on the day culminating in the state championship.
“I am ecstatic to have won a state championship. I have had a large amount of support from friends, family and coaches. It is exciting to be a part of the group that has changed the sport of wrestling. When I was younger, I never would have thought there would have been a girls state wrestling