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By Michael Smith
For 29 years, the Metro Classic wrestling dual has been a much-anticipated event amongst Kansas City wrestling fans.
It’s an event that has featured some of the best high school senior wrestlers from the Kansas and Missouri side of the city, which usually features some intriguing matches between Team Missouri and Team Kansas,
But what about the girls? Why didn’t they have their own all-star wrestling event.
Well, Kansas just started its own girls division in 2020, while Missouri introduced a girls-only division just a year before that. But this season, for the first time ever, Growrestling.com founder Joe Williamson hosted the Rogue Wrestling dual, which featured some of the best girls wrestlers from Kansas and Missouri.
The event has a similar format to the Metro Classic as Team Kansas and Team Missouri had a wrestler in each weight class face off against each other. But this event wasn’t just restricted to wrestlers in the Kansas City area. Wrestlers in other parts of each state were eligible to complete in the event as were competitors of any high school grade level.
During Friday’s inaugural event, Team Missouri won its first three matches by pin and never looked back in a 49-25 victory over Team Kansas at Paola High School.
Below is a breakdown of how each weight class panned out:
102: Wichita North’s Larissa Garcia, a 2021 Kansas state champion took on 2021 Missouri state runner-up Audrey Scherer of Lindbergh. Garcia dominated the first period with a single leg takedown and a pair of near falls for a 7-0 lead.
Garcia elected for the bottom position, but it ended up backfiring as Scherer erased a 7-0 deficit and worked hard for a turn and a pin with seven seconds left to give Team Missouri a 6-0 lead.