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Lady Dragons’ Kophazy, Seamens win inaugural D10 titles

Warren County wrestlers at this weekend’s District 10 Girls Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School included, from left, in front, Eisenhower’s Nakita Nelson, Bryndalyn Lindell and Abbie Darr and, in back, Warren’s Madisyn Flores, Katie Seamens, Kasey Kophazy and Jenna Kophazy and Youngsville’s Shelby Lobdell and Sarah Blausser. Photo submitted to Times Observer

SHARON — In the very first District 10 girls wrestling tournament on Saturday at Sharon High School, three Lady Dragons pinned their way to championship matches, and two came away as first-ever champions.

Every champion from 100 pounds all the way to 170 was a first-time champion in a sport the PIAA just sanctioned last summer.

Both seniors, Warren’s Kasey Kophazy and Katie Seamens won District 10 championships at 136 and 148 pounds, respectively. Sophomore teammate Jenna Kophazy was runner-up at 118. All three qualify for the state’s West Region tournament March 2 at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg. That tourney will help determine which female wrestlers from this side of the state advance to the first-ever PIAA girls meet the following weekend at Hershey’s Giant Center.

“They only placed top three (at the D10 meet); two move on,” said Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger. “Historic for girls wrestling — the first-ever District 10 champions.”

Jenna Kophazy lost by a 2-0 decision to Saegertown’s Leah Sample, a familiar opponent.

From left, Katie Seamens, Jenna Kophazy and Kasey Kophazy qualified for the state's West Region tournament March 2 at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg by their finish at Saturday’s first-ever girls’ D10 Championships at Sharon High School. Seamens and Kasey Kophazy won titles and Jenna Kophazy was runner-up. Photo submitted to Times Observer

Her older sister, Kasey, earned a pin at 4:28 over Sharpsville’s Zamira Arnold to become the first girls’ 136-pound D10 gold medalist. To Kasey Kophazy, the title means much more than the medal.

“Winning the first girls wrestling districts in Pennsylvania was a huge achievement for me on both a personal and athletic level,” she said. “It served as validation of the hard work and dedication I have put into the sport, proving that my commitment has paid off. Not only did it boost my confidence in my abilities as an athlete, but it also solidified my belief in myself as a competitor. This victory symbolizes breaking down barriers in a traditionally male-dominated sport and paved the way for other girls who aspire to compete at a high level. This win has inspired me to continue pushing myself to new heights and setting bigger goals for the future.”

Seamens won her D10 title at 148 pounds in just 1:48 with a pin over Sharpsville’s Riley Tighe.

“This season showed me how much a person can achieve if they dedicate hard work and effort,” said Seamens. “Yesterday proved that for me. Regardless of if I would’ve won or lost, I am happy I got to have this experience with my friends and family. This title is an award I take with a lot of pride. Not only am I laying a foundation towards other girls having an opportunity to achieve what they set their mind to, but even with the season ending, it is further motivating me to push hard for these next few weeks.”

Kasey is looking forward to her sister and best friend being there.

“It’s amazing that we get to represent Warren together and continue to wrestle with the community we’ve built,” she said.

Warren finished fourth out of 13 teams.

“It means that we, as girls wrestling in Warren County, are making history and proving to other girls big or small that we can do amazing things and accomplish our dreams as female wrestlers,” said Jenna Kophazy.

D-10 girls championship results

Teams: 1. Hickory (Hy) 136, 2. Saegertown (Sae) 90, 3. Sharpsville (Sv) 83, 4. Warren (W) 60, 5. Greenville (Gv) 43, 6. Fort LeBoeuf (FL) 40, 7. General McLane (GM) 34, 8. Erie High (EH) 22, 9. Conneaut (Conn) 21, 10. Eisenhower (Eis) 20, 11. Reynolds (Rey) 12; 12. (tie) Commodore Perry (CP) and Girard (G) 0

Championship matches

100 pounds: Abby Falk (FL) p Ella Clark (GM) 2:33

106: Madilyn Enterline (Gv) md Ashley Campbell (GM) 8-0

112: Daylee Watson (Conn) tf Emma Johnston (Hy) 16-0 5:00

118: Leah Sample (Sae) d Jenna Kophazy (W) 2-0

124: Kelly Enterline (Gv) md Elora Dillinger (Sae) 8-0

130: Kacie Mook (Sae) p Abby Hoffman (Hy) 2:38

136: Kasey Kophazy (W) p Zamira Arnold (Sv) 4:28

142: Taylor Pears (Hy) p Royale Reno-Gaus (Sae) 3:41

148: Katie Seamens (W) p Riley Tighe (Sv) 1:37

155: Avry Ryhal (Hy) p Davaya Truman (EH) 1:24

170: Trinity Webster (Hy) p Zoey Sample (Sae) 5:24

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