Leyna Rumpler Becomes First Lady Tiger State Champion, NA Has 4 Medalists
Junior Leyna Rumpler became the first state champion in North Allegheny girls’ wrestling history and three other Tigers medaled at the Pennsylvania State Championships on Sunday at Central Dauphin High School. Collectively, North Allegheny finished in a tie for fifth place with Gettysburg with 64 team points.
Rumpler went a perfect 4-0 at the state tournament with four consecutive wins by fall, including a fall over Katelyn Coldren of Carlisle in the title bout at 148 pounds. Its the third consecutive year that Rumpler has competed at the state tournament. After a tie for seventh-place as a freshman, Rumpler became the first finalist in program history last season with a runner-up finish. This season, Rumpler capped a spectacular junior campaign by becoming the first Lady Tiger to claim state gold.
Along with Rumpler, three other NA grapplers garnered medals. At 130 pounds, freshman Sophia Folks took fifth place by going 3-2 in her five bouts. In the fifth-place bout, Folks defeated Keeley Nunn of Camp Hill by fall in 4:23.
In a strong 148-pound bracket, senior Callie Rautenbach took sixth place with a 3-3 showing. At 235 pounds, sophomore Kaylee Dean finished in 8th place with a pair of wins in five bouts.
Also representing North Allegheny at the state tournament were Brenna Collery (136), Audrey Morrison (142), Maya Scott (155) and Amya Sanford (235). All four went 1-2 in the their respective brackets. For a look at the entire field of brackets from the state championships, click here.
With the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, congratulations to coach Dan Heckert and the entire girls’ wrestling team for an outstanding year.