This past February, Samantha Spielbauer was chosen to be the American Gold Sports Alliance’s Athlete of the Month. Sam plays varsity basketball, while also competing as a wrestler at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg, Iowa. Even though this is her first year of wrestling, Spielbauer surprised everyone by winning her first-ever state wrestling championship during the third annual Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s girls state tournament. Building upon her successes, Sam competed 2021 High School National Recruiting Showcase and Girls Folkstyle Nationals Tournament on March 27th and 28th.[Read more…] about AGSA February Athlete of the Month Wins 2021 High School National Girls Folkstyle Nationals Tournament
Archives for March 2021
As we close out Women’s History Month, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the powerful and influential women in the world. In case you missed any of our Women’s History Month Spotlights, we compiled them all here!
Cody GoodwinDes Moines Register
The continued growth of girls’ wrestling in Iowa reached new heights this season.
There were 683 girls that wrestled across the state, according to Trackwrestling. At the girls’ state tournament in January, sponsored for the third year by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, 457 girls from more than 100 schools competed.
The numbers are continuing to pop and the overall talent level is rising, too, and both of those facts are represented here, in our 2021 All-Iowa Girls’ Wrestling Team.
In this, we selected Elite members for our girls’ wrestling team, the wrestlers we consider to be the best of the best at the 12 weights contested at the IWCOA girls’ state tournament. We also included 12 additional honorable mention picks.
This year’s Elite Team selections represent nine different schools. There are five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and one freshmen. The honorable mention picks include three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.
As the sport continues to grow and evolve here in Iowa, we feel it is our obligation to grow and evolve with it. Elite team members will be invited to the virtual Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Sports Awards in Des Moines this June.
The selections were made based on in-season results, Register staff observations, and consultations with high school, college and recruiting contacts. Records listed are from Trackwrestling.
All-Iowa Elite Girls’ Wrestlers
106 pounds: Ella Schmit, jr., Bettendorf
Two-time IWCOA girls’ state champ, three-time finalist. Went 23-7 overall this season, and 5-0 against girls, all pins. Qualified for the IHSAA state wrestling tournament, one of just four girls to ever do so.
113 pounds: Eva Diaz, jr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Went 24-0 with 21 pins this season. Recorded four first-period pins and a technical fall at the IWCOA girls’ state tournament.
120 pounds: Kiki Connell, sr., Charles City
IWCOA girls’ state champ and a two-time girls’ state medalist. Finished 28-6 overall this season. Outscored her five opponents at the state tournament by a combined 43-8.
126 pounds: Lilly Luft, soph., Charles City
IWCOA girls’ state champ and now a two-time girls’ state medalist. Went 23-1 this season with 15 pins, including three at the state tournament, where she outscored her opponents 43-9 across five matches.
132 pounds: Annika Behrends, jr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ, and now a two-time girls’ state champ and three-time finalist. Went 11-0 this season with seven pins. Rallied to win both her semifinals and finals match to win gold at this year’s state tournament.
138 pounds: Abby McIntyre, sr., Glenwood
IWCOA girls’ state champ and now a two-time girls’ state champ. Went 15-1 overall this year with 11 pins, including five at the state tournament, four of which occurred in the first period. Grand View signee.
145 pounds: Naomi Simon, fr., Decorah
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Went 26-1 this year with 23 pins, including 12 in the first period. Recorded five pins at the state tournament, where she also outscored her opponents by a combined 22-0.
152 pounds: Madison Diaz, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished the season 21-0 with 16 pins. Recorded four pins and a technical fall en route to first at the girls’ state tournament. Grand View signee.
160 pounds: Samantha Spielbauer, soph., Clayton Ridge
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished 13-5 overall with 13 pins, including 11 in the first period and six in under a minute. Became Clayton Ridge’s first state wrestling champ, boy or girl.
170 pounds: Morgan Smith, sr., Denver
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished 14-10 with 14 pins, including four at the girls’ state tournament. Beat the fourth-, third-, and second-place finisher en route to a state title.
195 pounds: Rachel Eddy, soph., Independence
IWCOA girls’ state champ, and now a two-time girls’ state finalist. Went 14-0 this season with nine pins. Joins her uncle, Scott, as a state wrestling champ for Independence. (Scott Eddy won an IHSAA Class 2A state title in 1997.)
285 pounds: Millie Peach, sr., Iowa Valley
IWCOA girls’ state champ and finished her career as the first three-time girls’ state champ. Went 23-13 overall this year, but 5-0 with five pins against girls. Went a combined 9-0 at the three girls’ state tournaments with nine pins, including seven in the first period.
- Sophie Barnes, soph., Lewis Central
- Abby Boehm, sr., North Fayette Valley
- Grace Gray, jr., Ankeny Centennial
- Emma Grimm, sr., Osage
- Olivia Huckfelt, fr., Spencer
- Keeley Kehrli, soph., East Buchanan
- Jasmine Luedtke, fr., Ottumwa
- Adyson Lundquist, soph., Southwest Valley
- Avery Meier, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
- Sydney Park, jr., Davenport Assumption
- Bella Porcelli, fr., Southeast Polk
- Alexis Ross, soph., Fort Dodge
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitterat@codygoodwin.
USA WRESTLING GIRLS FOLKSTYLE NATIONALS
At Coralville, Iowa, March 28
Cover photo by Cam Kramer
16U results[Read more…] about USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals – Final Results
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
Tara Davis is synonymous with collegiate history now.
Davis, exactly two weeks after breaking the collegiate record in the indoor long jump, established the all-time collegiate standard in the outdoor version with her 7.14m (23-5¼) effort at the Texas Relays this afternoon. That topped the former collegiate record of 6.99m (22-11¼) set by Jackie Joyner of UCLA way back in 1985.[Read more…] about COLLEGIATE RECORD: Tara Davis Sets Outdoor LJ Standard
Charlotte Cagigos is the backup goaltender for the Drakkars of Caen, an otherwise all-male team in France’s Division 1 ice hockey league. Her story is exceptional in French professional sport.
A woman plying her craft surrounded by male colleagues is rare in French sport, but that is what every day on the job looks like for Charlotte Cagigos.
“When I arrived in Caen, I never thought I’d make the pro team someday. And then, I never thought I’d play a game with them,” the 20-year-old goalie tells FRANCE 24. “I don’t want to set limits for myself.”[Read more…] about Goalie Charlotte Cagigos Skates a Rare Path in Men’s Pro Hockey in France
USA Team Handball caught up with 1984 Olympian Carmen Forest, a talented multi-sport athlete in basketball, softball, volleyball, field hockey and tennis at the University of Missouri at St. Louis prior to discovering team handball and competing for the U.S. National Team for 10 years. Forest was invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1974. Six years later, the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Olympics and Forest continued her training with Team USA until the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where she represented her country on the handball court.
Since her athletic career, Forest has been giving back to younger generations as a health and wellness instructor at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas. She’s spent almost four decades teaching and coaching her students. Take a look at our Q&A below to learn more about Forest, her handball memories and the years since her athletic career:[Read more…] about WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CATCHING UP WITH 1984 OLYMPIAN CARMEN FOREST
By Jay Burns
The growing pains for athletes go beyond shin splints and pulled muscles.
A native of San Salvador, El Salvador, Erika Parker ’23 loved squash from the get-go, competing in and winning youth tournaments throughout the Americas as a young athlete.
The problem was, she loved winning more than the sport itself. And with greater competition came losses, which became harder and harder for her to deal with. Her self-doubt grew. She questioned why she was spending so much time on the sport.
She recalled how her father asked if she regretted the time she’d given to the sport. Frustrated and angry, Parker said that yes: It was all a waste.[Read more…] about ‘BEING TOLD I COULDN’T’: INSPIRING STORIES FROM BATES FEMALE ATHLETES
By: Tara Miller | AGSA
Hannah Gladden is a 24-year-old athlete from Gadsden, Alabama. When she first started wrestling as a freshman in high school, she was the only female wrestler in her school. Through hard work and dedication, she became the first girl in the state of Alabama to compete in the Alabama High School Wrestling State Tournament. Today, Gladden is a 2x National Team Member, 2016 Olympic Trial Qualifier, 2014 Pan American Champion, 2018 Pan Am Silver Medalist, and 2019 US Open Runner-Up.
Now, Gladdan’s sights are set on something much higher, qualifying for the USA National Women’s Wrestling Team and earning a spot on the USA Olympic Wrestling Team. However, without a sponsor, the costs of competing in the upcoming tournaments were more than Gladden could do on her own. That’s where the American Gold Sports Alliance decided to step in. When President Steve ‘Sid’ Caesar learned about Gladden’s National Team and Olympic quest, it all just made sense. “When I first saw her story, I instantly knew that AGSA would be a great partner to help her reach her goals,” said Caesar, “She’s a hardworking, dedicated young woman who inspires others to push themselves and achieve their dreams. That’s what AGSA and our Wrestling For Gold Initiative (WFGI) is all about – supporting wrestlers so they can inspire other wrestlers.”
In addition to AGSA’s sponsorship, Gladden set up a GoFundMe page so others could help her with the costs. In just two days she already collected over half of her goal. “It’s just so incredible,” Gladden told AGSA, “the wrestling community is excellent. It’s one big family and everyone supports each other, no matter where you are from.”
Gladden will compete in the final qualifier March 26-27 in Fort Worth, Texas. When she finishes in the top two of her weight class she will then move on to compete in the Olympic Trials, the first week of April. Gladden will then participate in the US Open in Las Vegas, looking for her spot on the Olympic team. It’s a long road ahead for Gladden, but with the American Gold Sports Alliance’s help, her chances are looking up.
If you would like to help Hannah, please consider donating to AGSA at www.agsa.org/donate and select ‘Hannah Gladden Wrestling’ in the subject.
The American Gold Sports Alliance is a 501c(3) Sports Foundation.