VIDEO: Girl Athlete Takes Over Boy Dominated Sport

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( – Reanah Utterback, a sophomore for Sigourney-Keota High School, is an incredible wrestler who has managed to not only qualify twice for the Iowa boys state wrestling tournament but to become one of only three girls to have achieved this. There are only two other girls to have qualified for the tournament trice, Megan Black, who qualified for Ottumwa High School in 2011, and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School in 2012, and Ottumwa’s Jasmine Luedtke, in both 2021 and 2022.

During her interview inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, Utterback was cool and calm as she entered the interview area. The interview took place after she managed a 6-4 second-round win at the Class 1A Iowa state wrestling tournament. This meant that she moved to the quarterfinal round. If she wins during the quarterfinal, she is going to have a spot on the podium at 106 pounds.

Black is so far the only girl to have managed to win a medal at the boys’ state championship after she finished eighth in 2012. However, Utterback has long wanted to join Black and become one of the girl state medalists against the boys.

Utterback said that Black is one of her biggest supporters in all of this and she is looking forward to potentially achieving this win.


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