Teagan Sibble during the State Farm Classic in Hornell (Steve Harrison photo)
Sibble to chart historic course to Syracuse, will participate in this weekend’s 1st Annual Girls Wrestling State Tournament at 114 pounds as No. 2 seed
BY CHRIS BROOKS, managing editor, wellsvillesport.com
BOLIVAR — A monumental first in the wrestling arena is about to path its way into the history books, beginning this weekend. And for one local grappler, she will be joining as an elite amongst the elites.
After officially approving Girls Wrestling as an “emerging sport” this past August, the New York State Public High School Association (NYSPHSAA) will kick off their first ever State Individual Wrestling Tournament at SRC Arena on the grounds of Onondaga Community College, where Bolivar-Richburg’s Teegan Sibble will be one of 208 total wrestlers making their way to compete for a State Championship beginning tonight.
An opportunity for Bolivar-Richburg to have a first-time State Champion in their midst. Head coach Andrew Taylor says he’s excited for Teegan to get one of the biggest opportunities of her career.
“It’s big for the sport, and it’s really big for Bolivar-Richburg,” Taylor said. “It’s a great honor for her to be able to put herself in the situation of competing at the highest level. She could very well be the first New York State Champion that this school has, even before her older brother (Trent) gets his chance. We’re hoping for a great outcome, and hopefully we can keep working to accomplish those big things.”
Sibble will compete from within the 114 pound championship bracket, where she will battle with 15 other wrestlers to earn the right to vie for a State Championship patch.
The action begins promptly on Saturday at 12 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies, followed by an ensemble of matches leading up to the grand finals at the very end of the night, at 6 p.m.
As for Sibble herself, she hopes to reach the big goal of competing for a State title.
“It feels great. I hope I can beat my brother (Trent, a Section V champion as well). I’m planning on competing for a State title. It’s going to be a hard challenge, but I think I can make a great effort to get there,” she said.
On Thursday night, though the B-R and Letchworth match was a boys’ event, Sibble had a good tune up wrestling against another girl. She defeated Felicity Wantuch by pin at the 1:31 mark at 118 pounds.
For those that will not attend the State Championship meet, all matches will be broadcast exclusively on the NFHS Network. You can follow the link for the website, here. (Editor’s Note: With the sound up, you should be able to hear her father, Shane, and her brother Trae, cheering)
Here are the Section V wrestlers (note, one league did not get the information to coaches and is not sending wrestlers)
Kaylee Merrill 8th Grade Alexander
Bailey Bryman 9th Grade Attica/Batavia
Alyssa Earsing 7th Grade Alexander
Abby Hargather 7th Grade Midlakes
Alyssa Adair 8th Grade Alexander
Anabelle Wessel 8th Grade Alexander
Kennedy Lear 7th Grade Alexander
Jasmine Brucato 8th Grade HF-L
Katie Thibault 9th Grade Geneva
Emmie Moore Soph. Penfield
Natalie Barrios Junior Waterloo
Oriana Carrasquel Junior Midlakes
Teegan Sibble Soph. Bolivar-Richburg (#2 Seed)
Brooke Walsh Junior Brockport
Jayme Taylor Senior East Rochester
Olivia Miles Junior Midlakes
Emma Gallaway 8th Grade Alexander
Isabell McLouth Soph North Rose-Wolcott
Ellanora Bode Senior Penfield