SALINA — History will show that Winfield High School sophomore Mikayla Konrade earned the medal for sixth place Thursday at the inaugural KSHSAA All-Classes State Girls Wrestling Championships at Tony’s Pizza Event Center.
That record should contain an asterisk.
Konrade was forced to forfeit the match to determine fifth and sixth place due to a technicality.
The National Federation of State High School Associations have a rule limiting wrestlers from competing in more than five matches in a single day. Because the inaugural State tourney was just a one-day meet, those wrestlers who didn’t receive a bye at some point through the bracket were faced with reaching the maximum.
The rule might have cost State runner-up Great Bend the team title. The Lady Panthers lost the title by four points to Washburn Rural after being forced to forfeit a placer match at heavyweight.
Konrade opened the historic State meet with a pin in 1:16 against Spring Hill senior Raegan Stinemetz, who entered State with a 28-7 record.
That advanced Konrade to the quarterfinals against top-seeded and undefeated Jordyn Knecht (30-0) of Paola, who sent Konrade to the consolation back draw with a pin en route to the State title.
The back draw is where matches began to pile up.
Konrade bounced back by gritting out a 4-2 decision in the first sudden-victory against McPherson senior Kaleigh Marbut (25-5). Konrade trailed the match 2-0 entering the third period when she grabbed a takedown with 1:29 remaining to knot the score 2-2. She needed just 10 seconds of overtime to get another takedown and the victory.
A third senior opponent, Destiny Avila of Garden City (18-10), resulted in a 5-3 decision that clinched a State medal.
Konrade earned an escape point and got a takedown in the second period, and made it 5-0 with a takedown 35 seconds into the third period. Avila managed to escape and secure a takedown with 11 seconds left before running out of time.
Konrade lost by pin to Blue Valley Southwest sophomore Hannah Glynn (28-5), moving Konrade into the match for fifth place and a rematch against Stinemetz, who had a consolation bye after her first loss to Konrade. Due to the NFHS rule, Konrade was forced to forfeit the match and the fifth-place medal, finishing the season with a 14-9 record.
KSHSAA All-Classes State
Girls Wrestling Championships
Thursday at Salina
Tony’s Pizza Events Center
Team Scores — 1. Washburn Rural 84; 2. Great Bend 80; 3. Paola 44; 4t. Nickerson 41; 4t. Pratt 41; 6. Abilene 38; 7. Lakin 35; 8. Leavenworth 34; 9. Osawatomie 32; 10. Labette County 30; 11t. Basehor-Linwood 28; 11t. Council Grove 28; 11t. Kansas City-Piper 28; 14. Onaga 27.5; 15t. Junction City 27; 15t. Lawrence Free State 27; 17. Wellington 25; 18. Independence 24; 19t. Olathe West 22; 19t. Topeka West 22; 21. Marysville 21.5; 22t. Andover Central 20; 22t. Concordia 20; 22t. Garden City 20; 22t. Hoisington 20; 22t. Hutchinson 20; 22t. Salina Central 20; 22t. Tonganoxie 20; 29t. Mulvane 19; 29t. Rose Hill 19; 31. Valley Center 19; 32t. Atchison County 18; 32t. Ottawa 18; 32t. Shawnee Heights 18; 35. Burlingame 17; 36. Blue Valley Southwest 16; 37t. Hoxie 15; 37t. Oakley 15; 39. Caney Valley 14; 40t. Hays 13; 40t. Olathe South 13; 40t. Silver Lake 13; 40t. Spring Hill 13; 44. WaKeeney-Trego 12; 45t. Chapman 11; 45t. Liberal 11; 47. Burlington 10; 48t. Olathe North 9; 48t. Winfield 9; 50t. Dodge City 8; 50t. Prairie View 8; 52t. Fort Scott 7; 52t. McPherson 7; 52t. Royal Valley 7; 55. Wichita Heights 6.5; 56t. Baldwin 6; 56t. Manhattan 6; 58. Emporia 5; 59t. Haysville-Campus 4; 59t. Humboldt 4; 61t. Kansas City-Sumner 4; 61t. Smoky Valley 4; 61t. Wichita Southeast 4; 64. Holcomb 3; 65. Kansas City-Turner 1.
123 — Mikayla Konrade, sixth place (3-3): won by pin Raegan Stinemetz (SpHi), 1:16; lost by pin Jordyn Knecht (Paola), 0:49; won by dec. Kaleigh Marbut (McP), 4-2 (SV1); won by dec. Destiny Avila (GC), 5-3; lost by pin Hannah Glynn (BVSW), 2:14; lost by forfeit Raegan Stinemetz (SH).