The Great Eight: All Eight Warren County United Girls Wrestlers Finish in Top 3 at Curwensville

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Front row left to right Caroline Smart, Jenna Kophazy Addy McDonald Second row left to right Coach Amanda Amsler, Kaelon Connolly, Katie Seamens, Kasey Kophazy, MacKenna Boozer. Photo submitted.

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – The Warren County United Girls Wrestling Club sent eight competitors to the Curwensville Tournament on Saturday, and all eight placed in the top 3 of their bracket.

MacKenna Boozer and Kaelon Connolly each took first place. Boozer got the gold in her first-ever tournament with a 3-0 record for the day. Connolly won her third straight tournament with a 4-0 performance that included avenging an earlier-season loss.

“This is her third tournament championship in a row, making her a force to be recognized in the girls’ junior high division this year,” WCGUWC’s Keith Kophazy said.

Caroline Smart, Katie Seamens, and Jenna Kophazy all won silver. Smart picked up her first major decision of the season and had a pair of pinfall wins as well. Seamens was 4-1 for the tournament, with all four wins via pin. Kophazy was also 4-1 while wrestling up two weight classes.

“Katie has stepped up her wrestling since the beginning of the season and should be a factor in the state championships at the end of the season,” Keith Kophazy said.

Lily Rafter. Photo submitted.

Lily Rafter, Addy McDonald, and Kasey Kophazy each finished third. With just three matches under her belt coming in, Rafter made “great improvements,” according to Keith Kophazy, on her way to bronze. Kasey Kophazy had one of the quickest pins of the tournament at 28 seconds.

“Sometimes, it is not about the wins but the knowledge you gain,” Keith Kophazy said.

The WC Girls United team will travel to Saegertown on Sunday. Girls in grades K – 12 interested in joining the club can contact them on Facebook.

“There are no team fees or commitment (needed to join),” Keith Kophazy said. “Just the willingness to get more time on the mat or to participate in the fastest-growing sport in the nation.”