LFCHS wrestler is first-ever girls Junior National Champ

(Pictured is Rachel Holthaus of Bowlus displaying her plaque from the U.S. Junior National Tournament in Fargo, ND. Staff photo by Adam Czech)

This was the first year there was a girls bracket at the tournament. Since Holthaus was in the first weight class (95 lbs.) she was the first-ever girls Junior National gold medal winner.

“It was really cool,” Holthaus said of her accomplishment.

The event took place in the Fargo Dome and was attended by many people. This didn’t phase Holthaus. “I’m used to it,” she said. “A lot of tourneys we go to have a lot of people.”

Earlier in the year, Holthaus entered a national tournament in Detroit, MI and took third as an unranked freshman, beating many nationally ranked upper classmen.

Holthaus takes part in tournaments across the country and has trained with the women’s olympic wrestling coach, several olympic men’s coaches as well as past olympic wrestlers and current college grapplers. She has also attended several camps, including one in Colorado Springs where the olympic team trains.

Holthaus lives just outside of Bowlus with her father John, mother Deb, sister Victoria and brother Michael.

If she continues on the roll that she is currently on, Holthaus hopes to find herself at a certain wrestling tournament in Athens, Greece in 2004: The 2004 Olympic games. Girls wrestling will make its debut at the 2004 games.

In the meantime, she will once again be part of the Little Falls High School boys wrestling team where she hopes to wrestle at 103 lbs.

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