The BHS wrestlers Sophia Dulin and Jacey Gorder attended the first ever solely Girls’ State Wrestling Tournament for Montana, hosted at Lockwood High School on Feb. 19 and 20.
Jacey Gorder placed 3rd in the weight class of 126 lbs. with the win over Gretchen Donally (Huntley Project). Jacey’s overall wins and losses for the wrestling season were 11-5.
Sophia Dulin astoundingly placed 1st overall in the Championship for her weight class of 170 lbs! Sophia went up against Halyla Hoffman (Butte). It was definitely a proud accomplishment for both of these ladies, as well as Baker High School to recognize these talented individuals along with a new historical sports event taking place in our state!
We asked Jacey what it was like to compete in an all girls wrestling tournament, and she said “It was so fun to see all the girls and be able to celebrate with them after they won. Also, I enjoyed watching all the amazing, strong, talented, confident and bright-minded women.” Sophia explained it was a shock to see more than just three or less girls competing, as that had been the norm at other meets during the season. She also stated, “It was really cool to see a larger number of girls that competed from the eastern part of the state.”
We then asked Sophia if she was proud of this great honor in taking 1st place in the state. Her response was, “I can’t explain how proud I am. I am not just proud of myself but I am proud and thankful for the people that got me here.” She explained that Darick Gorder had really helped in this process by encouraging her to try it out and pushing her to get better on the mat. Jacey, also with the great accomplishment of placing 3rd at State, explained she had a very strong bracket of girls to compete against in her weight class this year. She mentioned, “I’m so thankful for the tough competition that helped me improve this year. All the boys I wrestled against also made me much stronger too.”
Sophia also elaborated on the importance of all the support she has had throughout this season. “I’m also really thankful for my partner in crime, Jacey Gorder. She has pushed me so hard through practice and warm-ups for meets, even if we both would sometimes get close to ripping each other’s heads off.”
Both of these two want to encourage more girls to join the wrestling team. These additions and inclusions of more female competitions to the sport will be a nice improvement. Sophia explained, “Wrestling is a great sport for girls, so don’t let anyone say you can’t do it. I also wanted to say that if you are thinking about joining wrestling, please come talk to Jacey or myself. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth it.” Congratulations to both of these hard-working ladies on their accomplishments this season!