The state wrestling tournaments invaded Sioux Falls and Rapid City over the weekend. The Pierre Governors took home the state championship in class A, while the Parkston Trojans claimed the top prize in class B.
History was made this weekend during the class A state wrestling tournament when Ronna Heaton, a sophomore from Brookings, took home the seventh place medal. She becomes the first female to compete, win a match and place at an SDHSAA State Wrestling Tournament event.
John Krogrstand with the South Dakota High School Activities Association said this is a very special moment for the sport of wrestling in South Dakota.
"To see the reaction she got from the crowd not only starting out with her first match of the tournament, when she opened things up, but all the way through with everyone following her down to the seventh place match that she wont tonight," said Krogstrand. "And to get a very solid standing ovation from the crowd here in the PREMIER center, that was very cool to see."
Krogstrand said Heaton could be viewed as an inspiration towards other female competitors, as well as an inspiration towards the sport of wrestling in the state of South Dakota as a whole.
CBS News was also in Sioux Falls during the weekend to witness history in the making. Click here for their video.
Ronna Heaton is only a sophomore at Brookings High School. Her father was a collegiate athlete and many expect Heaton to come back next year stronger than ever, to compete again for a state title.