SALINA— It was boom or bust for Xara Bacci of Andover Central High School. Bacci challenged herself on making the top three in the inaugural state girls wrestling tournament on Thursday.
Not only did the sophomore made to the top three, but she was a state runner-up in the 136-pound weight class, as she was pinned by undefeated Sara Lake of Kansas City Piper High School.
Bacci, who is ranked top 5 in her weight class, received in bye in the first round. She would then win by pinfall over Maya Ogden of Hoyt Royal Valley High School in the quarterfinals. She then got her rematch with Cassidy Anderson of Caney Valley High School and defeated her 4-3 in a tight battle.
Andover Central scored 20 points over Bacci's victories. Bacci ends her season with a 29-4 record. She may earn a silver medal after performance, but she was also glad to be part of history.
"Today was stressful but definitely satisfying," Bacci said. "The moment when I made it to the state championship was so cool. I have worked so hard for this and I really needed to reach my goal of placing top three. To place second is incredible."
Anayka Besco of Rose Hill High School was placed third at 116. After being pinned by Amelie Jungwirth of Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights High School, she won three straight matches in the consolation round, including her rematch with Jungwirth, where this time she pinned her to earn the bronze medal.
Besco ends her season with a 17-9 record. Rose Hill tallied 19 points.