Kirschmann takes first, Saucier runner-up in first girls’ wrestling state tourney
HOWLAND, Maine — Girls’ wrestling is officially on the map in Maine and Caribou’s Chloe Kirschmann has the distinction of being one of the first state champions.
The sophomore, who was ranked second entering the tournament, earned the 220-pound weight division title on Feb. 20 at Penobscot Valley High School. She pinned the top seed, Sanford’s Tiffany Stevens, in 1:33 of the first period of the championship round.
“Chloe followed the game plan to perfection,” said Vikings’ coach James “Chico” Hernandez. “I told her to be aggressive and use the moves we have been working on, and she did just that.
Rylee Saucier, Caribou’s 113-pound division representative and the No. 1 seed in her division, also made it to the finals but came up short against Camden Hills’ Kristina Kelly in an 11-1 major decision.
Saucier reached the championship round with a come-from-behind victory over Carolyn McGary of Madison. Saucier trailed 4-1 early in the second period before narrowing the gap with a reversal. She ended up pinning McGary with 43 seconds to go in the period.