Thies unable to advance to girls state tournament

By: 
Scott Butler
Record Correspondent

The Warrenton wrestling team has one girl in its program and she aligned herself in a pretty good position at the district meet hosted by Holt High School this past weekend. 

Junior Monica Thies received the fourth overall seed in her weight class at 152 pounds, out of 20 participants.

Thies wound up losing both of her matches. Only the top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to state.

“Monica improved this year in the area of being patient and not rushing or forcing certain parts of her offenses,” Head Coach Ryan Cross said. “This was something that would get her in trouble from time to time last season.”

Points came at a premium in Thies’ first match, as it took an overtime period for a winner to be declared. 

“She trailed by a few points going into the second period and was able to tie the match to take it into overtime,” said Cross. “She just could not finish where she has finished several times before.”

District formats allow wrestlers to be defeated twice before being eliminated. Cross wanted to keep the game plan simple for Thies, who knew that this could be her last match of the season.

“We attack and go after her using her bread and butter moves,” Cross said. “Monica fought hard but simply came up short; there’s no other way to put it.”

Thies’ season comes to an end with a record of 17-10, when facing other female wrestlers. She also managed a couple of wins against male wrestlers along the way, too. 

Although the outcome of Thies’ districts isn’t what was desired, Cross believes big things are to come from her senior season next year. 

“Next year, our goal for Monica is to lift and get stronger over the summer and possibly change to a different weight class,” Cross said. “The end goal is to be the first female wrestler to represent our program at the state level.” 

This week, the Warrenton boys team will be competing at districts at St. Charles High School. If anything positive came from this past weekend at the girls’ district meet, wrestlers shouldn’t take anything for granted. Matches will be held on Friday and Saturday.

“Our mindset at districts is to understand that everything up to this point is practice,” Cross said. “We practice all season to leave our heart and guts on the mat every match at districts.”

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