Girls take mat for official wrestling

Seward County schools join to make team


For the first time in Seward history, a girls’ wrestling team competed in official matches.

The Bluejays, a co-op between Seward, Milford and Centennial, hosted Norris and York Dec. 1 and competed in the Friday Night Fracas at West Point Dec. 2.

Mia Cobian at 115 pounds won the first contested match, pinning Theia Croteau of Norris in 1:18.

Amy Sistek (fifth), Evelyn Theobald (sixth) and Kaleigh Penas (sixth) won the team’s first medals on Friday.

“I am proud of our effort and despite a few girls struggling realize it’s a long season with plenty to improve upon,” Coach Andy Sistek said.

On Thursday, Seward won both duals, beating Norris 78-0 and York 54-24.

In addition to Cobian’s win against Norris, Lauren Frihauf (110) and Ava Rediger (130) won matches against York.

“It was great to pick up a few dual wins over York and Norris before heading into the Friday Night Fracas at West-Point Beemer which is a tough tournament with 36 total teams which was kind of eye opening for a lot of girls,” Coach Sistek said.

The girls competed hard and learned a lot at the tournament, he said, wrestling against girls with more experience.

“It is a refining process for both the coaches and athletes as we identify what we need to work on as we progress through the season,” he said.

Ten of the 17 wrestlers picked up at least one win.

Seward is next in action Saturday, Dec. 10, at Crete. Matches start at 9 a.m.