Grand Valley’s Pfau makes All-America wrestling team

Cody Pfau, 17, of Parachute was selected to the 2012 ASICS Girls High School All-America wrestling team Tuesday.

The Grand Valley High School junior recently placed second in the Body Bar Women’s National Cadet Championships to make the U.S. Women’s Cadet (ages 14–17) team. She is wrestling in the Canada Cup this weekend and will wrestle in the Pan-Am Championships July 11–15 in Venezuela.

The 2012 first-team members will be recognized July 13-18 at the ASICS/Vaughn Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D. The ASICS High School Girls Wrestler of the Year will be announced then.

Pfau, who wrestled at 106 pounds during the 2011–12 school year, was the only wrestler from Colorado to make the All-America team. The team is selected by a nationwide panel of wrestling experts. It is the only national all-star team for which female high school wrestlers competing on all four grade levels are eligible.

There were four wrestlers from the 2011 first team to make the 2012 first team. The first team featured four seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and one freshman.

A total of 72 wrestlers from 26 states were selected to the All-America team, including the second and third team and honorable mention.

There are an estimated 9,000 girls competing in wrestling at the high school level in the United States today, according to a TheMat.com article, and the number has grown each year for the last dozen years.

The wrestlers were identified in three weight ranges: light (100–121 pounds), middle (122–140) and upper (141–above).

Pfau was an honorable mention All-American selection last year.


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