Fort Dodge girls in action at Ridge View

HOLSTEIN — The Fort Dodge girls wrestling team had another strong showing in tournament action here on Saturday.

The Dodgers came away with a fourth-place showing at the Ridge View Invitational with 142 points. Host Ridge View (163) was the champion, followed by SWAT (161).

“I’m super proud of the way the girls wrestled,” said FDSH head coach Jon Koenig. “The last couple of rounds we struggled a little, but it was still an encouraging performance.”

Mariaha Benedict (135) earned her second tournament title after winning the Fort Dodge Scramble.

Alejandra Manzanilla (105) and Maddie Pulis (170) both placed second. Macy Brown (130) was fourth and Araya Fellers (115) placed fifth.

After losing her first match of the season, Benedict has rolled through her next nine matches, winning all by fall and in the first period.

In the Ridge View Invite, she had two falls under 35 seconds and two more under a minute.

Manzanilla lost a tough 11-8 decision in the finals after two falls.

Pulis lost by fall in the championship after three falls before the title round.

Harvey won three matches on the day, earning a tight 6-4 decision in the bronze medal round.

Brown reached the semifinals with two falls and advanced to the third place match with a fall before losing by pin.

Fellers, Andee Barwin (120), Delaney O’Connor (140) all won two matches on the day.

Freshman Kaitlynn Van Denmark wnet 2-0 and won the JV bracket 3 with two falls.

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday when they wrestle in the Iowa Central gym for the East vs. West dual tournament.

Action begins at 10 a.m.


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