Cyclones make history with girls wrestling

Friday, in a tournament at Riverside High School, HCHS girls Junior wrestler Ivy Stevens made history winning the school’s first match when the team competed in their first event in a tournament that featured 24 schools.

"It's definitely history making," said Cyclone Head Coach Tarah Devlin-Lawler. "We talked a little bit about how they're making history and they're proud to be a part of the Harlan Cyclones, and they're excited for the opportunity to represent their school."

During Friday's match, the Cyclones finished last among every team, but Junior Ivy Stevens came away with a victory.

"Ivy won one match and it was great," Devlin-Lawler said. "She looked at me right after she pinned the girl and was in complete shock and asked me, 'did that honestly just happen?', but I'm so proud of those girls. They got on the mat and competed. They were a little hard on themselves because they lost, but I told them it was a tough tournament to start."

The Cyclones won't be back in action until Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Shenandoah Invitational where they will be one of 13 schools competing.

"We're going to work a lot on taking shots," she said. "That was something the girls are still learning to grow their confidence in. We'll also work on bridging if they get into a situation where they are on their back. I know there will be teams where this is not their first year. We'll see girls that have been wrestling for a lot longer than what our girls have. I know they are excited to get back on the mat and try something new."



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