Journal-World’s 2019-20 All-Area girls wrestling team
Wrestler of the year: Madyson Gray, Free State
Gray became the Journal-World’s first girls wrestler of the year after a monumental year in the inaugural season of sanctioned girls wrestling. Gray, a sophomore, became Free State’s first-ever girls wrestling state champion this winter. She won all 34 of her matches, clinching a league title, regional title and state crown in the process.
Abby Afful, Lawrence High — Afful fell short of making it to the state meet, but she finished her first year in girls wrestling with more wins than losses. Afful went 9-7 for the Lions in the 130-pound weight class, which included a pair of wins at the regional meet.
Holly Colvert, Tonganoxie — Competing in wrestling for the first time, Colvert eventually hit her stride by the end of the year. Colvert placed fourth in the 191-pound weight class at the state meet, which included three wins in the consolation bracket. Colvert concluded her season with a 29-9 record.
Audrey Darnell, Baldwin — Even though Darnell finished shy of making it to state, it was still a strong season for the freshman wrestler. Competing in the 136-pound weight class, Darnell went 24-8 and recorded 19 of those wins by fall. She placed third at the Frontier League meet as well.
Emma Grossoehme, Baldwin — In her junior campaign, Grossoehme went 28-8 and won 19 of her matches by fall. She was a Frontier League champion, while placing fourth at regionals and earning top-eight finish at the state meet in the 143-pound weight class. Grossoehme, who was also a captain, was the team leader in points with 74.
Madi Hargett, Baldwin — It was an impressive freshman season for Hargett, who went 18-14 in the 235-pound weight class. Hargett qualified for the state meet after placing fifth at regionals. She also secured a third-place finish at the league meet. Hargett posted a team-high 12 reversals this year.