LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Pittsburg’s Rebeccah Jones and Mercedes Angeles made history on Friday night, becoming Pittsburg’s first ever girls wrestling state qualifiers.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” says Pittsburg head wrestling coach LC Davis, “Rebeccah knocked off the 5th-ranked girl in the state in triple-overtime to qualify for state. I’m super proud of them both. They made history today. They’re one step closer to being Pittsburg’s first state medalists.”
Both Jones (115 lb) and Angeles (170 lb) went 2-2 Friday to finish 4th in their respective weight classes at sub-state.
They’ll now be the first two girls ever to represent Pittsburg at the state tournament.
“Girls wrestling is so new, and they all have a chance to make history,” Davis adds, “It’s been a selling point for me, and I’ve been trying to use that as motivation to get more girls out for wrestling. It paid off. We have two girls that just made history. Mercedes is our first regional champion, and her and Rebeccah are our first state qualifiers. It’s awesome that I could be a part of that.”