Tess Kinne and Lauren Hahne added their name to the lore of Fort Osage wrestling.
The duo became the first state qualifiers for the girls program and Kinne became the Indians’ first champion thanks to a 5-4 victory over Park Hill South's Finley Bickford in the championship of the 136-pound class.
“It is crazy, I'm so excited and so happy,” said Kinne after going 4-0 at the inaugural Class 1 District 4 meet that concluded on Saturday at Smithville High School. “My mindset was to go out there and win. I have been here before. I done it before. I gotta keep dominating to bring a district title and state title to the school.”
Kinne, now 23-0, took an early 2-0 lead against Bickford, but the Park Hill South foe tied it with an escape to open the second. Kinne got a takedown with 1:33 left in the second and never trailed again.
In the semifinals, Kinne won a 4-1 decision in against Smithville's Olivia Cummings, while getting falls against Marceline's Ramzee Bruner and Lafayette County's Colette Stratham on Friday.
This time last year, Kinne was the 120-pounder on the Fort Osage boys team and was preparing for districts, in which she went 0-2.
In her fifth year of wrestling, Kinne was overjoyed when the Missouri State High School Activities Association added a girls division this season.
“I was so excited I don't have to wrestle a boy again,” Kinne said.
Hahne is also heading to state, which will be held Feb. 14-16 alongside with the boys and will start between session one and session two on the opening day.
Hahne (131) won her first two matches to reach the finals, in which she lost to Plattsburg's Kaylie Dow by a pin in 1:29. Hahne trailed 2-0 at the time.
She won by a 6-5 decision in the semifinals against Staley's Taylor Thomas to punch her ticket to state.
First-year wrestler Meg Lyon, the third and final Osage wrestler, went 1-2.
Coach Derick Barker was aiming to get seven to 10 girls in the program this year but hopes this success will garner more interest next year.
“It is very unique. With boys you have four classes, but with girls you only have one,” he said. “We are in the northwest portion and any school with wrestling, they are here. It is very cool to see the really small schools and big schools compete on the big stage. It is rare to see that.
“This is just another avenue to have girls compete and have success. That is good for the sport and good for the girl. It is good all around.”
DISTRICT 3: Truman and Lee’s Summit North earned their first girls wrestling state berths while William Chrisman just missed a spot.
Ava Miller captured second place in the 167-pound division to punch her and the Patriots’ first ticket to the state tournament in Saturday’s Class 1 District 3 finals Saturday at Nixa High School.
Miller was pinned in 3:24 by Lebanon’s Talora Frisbee in the final, but defeated Lynexa Adams of Springfield Glendale with a third-period pin in the semifinals to earn the state berth.
Rebekah Neitzey of Lee’s Summit North earned a state berth with a third-place finish at 121 pounds. She lost in the semifinals but pinned Monett’s Abigail Jastal in 2:04 in the third-place match to advance.
Shelby Bean of William Chrisman barely missed a state berth at 131, finishing fourth with a 13-11 loss to Raymore-Peculiar’s Tatum Westendorf in the third-place match.