Girls Wrestlers Place at State

Aiden Bruer

This year, Timberland wrestling had the most girls place at state in school history.

There were three state placers for girls: senior Kate Cooper, state champ; junior Mina Himmel, fifth place; and junior Taylor Rieter, sixth place.

“This year, I was more focused and I didn’t goof off as much. Before my match, I was nervous, because there was a lot of pressure, but I was also excited because I knew I could do it. I kept reminding myself that wrestling doesn’t define me and no matter what I do, I’ll know I still tried my best,” Cooper said.

This year, Cooper had a record of 37-0.

“It feels great having [the athletes] place… It felt great as a coach having all three kids place at state,” wrestling coach, PE teacher Jesse Friese said.

Cooper said she plans to continue her wrestling career at Lindenwood University next year.

“I worked hard every day, and I thank my coaches the most, because I never thought I’d be able to accomplish this,” Himmel said.

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