UPDATE: Easter finishes as state runner-up

In a close championship match, Wewahitchka senior Kaylee Easter brought home the school’s first ever state runner-up finish as she took home second place Saturday in the championship match at the Class 1A state girls wrestling tournament in Kissimmee.

At the 39 second mark of the first period, Easter secured a takedown for two-points against her opponent, Madisyn Blackburn, of Clay.

In the second period, Blackburn, starting from the bottom position,  scored a two-point reversal at the 1:29  mark to knot the score at 2-all. Blackburn then managed a pin at the 2:59 mark.

Easter, who wrestles in the 130-pound weight class,  finished her season at 26-15.

Easter opened the tournament by pinning  Tattiana Bermudez (19-11), from Miami Killian High School, in  2:13. In her next match, Easter pinned Rachel Ferreter (29-9), from Orlando’s Freedom High School, in 1:46.

She then took on Kendall Bibla (18-8) from  Tocoi Creek High School, in St. Johns County. Easter earned a 6-2 decision.

 Easter and Blackburn will be on the same collegiate team next year, as both will be wrestling for Brewton-Parker College in Georgia.

Easter’s younger sister Kameron wrestled in the 100-pound weight class.  She lost by fall in her opening match against Rebekkah Kinkade, (17-6) from South Dade.

Read more about the state tournament in  the March 10 Star.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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