Polk County’s Tori Strickland helped make history Saturday – and fared well in the process.
Strickland joined female wrestlers from around the state to compete in the NCHSAA Women’s Wrestling Invitational at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem. The invitational tourney marked the first female-only state tournament in NCHSAA history.
Competing in the 106-pound class, Strickland opened the tournament with two wins, pinning Macy Tyson of Pamlico County and A.L. Brown’s Maria Contrares.
The two wins moved Strickland into the semifinals, where she lost a 7-0 decision to Cleveland’s Madeline Smith.
Strickland then suffered a loss by fall to West Carteret’s Ariana Wolkerstorfer in the consolation semifinals, giving Strickland a tie for fifth for the competition.
Providence’s Nikoly Dos Santos won the division, scoring a technical fall over Smith in the championship match. Wolkerstorfer placed third, with Chapel Hill’s Megan Zelasky taking fourth.