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Iowa girl makes history as first female state wrestling tournament place-winner


Megan Black, a junior 106-pound wrestler at Eddyville (Iowa) Eddyville-Blakesburg High School, made history twice at the 2012 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 1A state wrestling tournament.

First, on February 16, she became the first female wrestler to win a contest match at the IHSAA state wrestling tournament with her 10-0 major decision over Jacob Schmidt of Gilbertsville Don Bosco High School.

Then, she made further history the next day when she became the first female place-winner in state tournament history when she defeated Audubon High School freshman Brad Kerkhoff, 4-0, in a second-round consolation match. She broke her collarbone in that match, causing her to forfeit the consolation match for seventh place the following morning. As a result, she earned a medal for eighth place in Class 1A.

Black, who is a two-time state qualifier, joined Cedar Falls High School’s Casey Herkelman in 2011 as the first two girls to qualify for the state tournament. Black lost both of her tournament matches last year, and finished 12-6 this year. 


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