The Iowa State Wrestling Tournament made news last week when two girls qualified. It was the first time any girls had competed in the 91-year history of the event. One of those teens is Cassy Herkelman [pictured] a 14-year-old freshman.
She had a 20-13 record at Cedar Falls High entering the tournament. But when Cassy was matched against a 16-year-old boy, the boy refused (citing religious reasons) and forfeited the match.
Herkelman eventually lost in the quarterfinals.
Cassy won the 105-pound class in the middle school division at the U.S. Girls’ Wrestling Association national championships. The week before, she won at 103 pounds in the 6th- to 8th-grade division at the Girls Folkstyle Nationals. She was Iowa’s 105-pound middle school champion in 2010 and 111-pound titlist in ’09.