By William

ELLIS – The Smoky Valley girls wrestling team sent three to the state sub-state competition in Ellis on Saturday and all three qualified for next week’s state meet, including Madi Tolle who won her division and remained unbeaten for the season.

Tolle, wrestling at 191, won her first match due to an injury with her opponent before winning two matches in a row by fall over Sierra Lanning of Smith Center, and Maddi Miller of Nickerson to take first place and remain unbeaten for the season at 14-0.

Tolle, just a junior, will be the number one seed at next weekend’s Class 4-1A State Meet in Salina.

Belle Peters, the lone senior of the three Lady Viking grapplers, finished her day 3-1 to also qualify for state by finishing third at 138. Peters beat Kaileigh Morrison of Atwood by a 9-4 decision in her first match before getting rocked with a fall by unbeaten Kammie Schanz of Mulvane who went on to win the sub-state, then closed out the day with a quick :19 second win by fall over Gloria Smith of Pratt.

Sophomore Lady Viking Noelle Peters, wrestling at 109, lost by a 12-0 decision to unbeaten Josiah Ortiz of Lakin in her first match. Ortiz is 24-0 on the season. After having a bye, Belle then won by a fall over Kinzie Rogers of Chase County before finishing fourth when she lost to Skyleigh Pflaster of Abilene.

It appears that Belle Peters will be seeded number three in her division at state while Noelle Peters is looking at a possible fourth seed.

The Class 4-1A state wrestling will be at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina beginning on Friday, February 26.

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