Pfau sets high goals for herself on mat

Cody Pfau knows her way around a wrestling room.

She grew up in one with her brothers and father. Her youngest brother, Wyatt, won a state pee wee championship two years ago and took third this past year.

The 16-year-old has wrestled with the boys in the family along the way.

“I just like the competition and physical aspect,” Pfau said. “Knowing you can do something physically hard and beat someone feels great.”

Pfau, whose mother wrestled with her brothers growing up, has become a pretty good wrestler herself.

She placed third in the Body Bar National girls tournament in the spring in Kissimmee, Fla., and was an honorable mention selection on the 2011 the Mat.com/ASICS Girls High School All-America team, announced earlier this summer.

A total of 72 girls were selected to the team, two from Colorado, Pfau and Sophie Hertz of Colorado Springs.

“It’s a great honor,” Pfau said. “I was overwhelmed; happy, I guess.”

This weekend, Pfau is wrestling in the prestigious Fargo Nationals tournament in Fargo, N.D.

She wrestled there last year for the first time and took third place in the high school girls 95-pound division. She’s moved up to 102 pounds this year.

“I’m hoping to take a higher place this year, but I’ll be wrestling in a bigger weight class,” Pfau said.

Pfau was encouraged to wrestle in the Fargo Nationals last year by Soroco wrestler Lauryn Bruggnik.

“I basically went up with her family,” Pfau said. “I was really nervous. I thought there would be so many tough wrestlers. There’s a lot of good girl wrestlers in Texas and California.

“I was stunned I got third. It was huge. I had no clue I’d do that well.”

Pfau’s only loss at Fargo last year came to a girl from Missouri who won the weight class.

Pfau has her heart set on even bigger things after Fargo.

She will be a junior this fall at Grand Valley High School and wants to do more than qualify for the Colorado state tournament and win a match.

“I still have a ways to go,” Pfau said. “I know I can accomplish more. I want to place at state and finish in the top two at nationals.”

She qualified for the high school state championships as a freshman and won a match, as did Bruggnik, but didn’t qualify last season.

Pfau plans to spend the rest of summer attending wrestling camps and other tournaments.

She’s not only a wrestler at Grand Valley — Pfau plays volleyball and competes in middle and distance events, the long jump, triple jump and on relay teams in track & field.

“I enjoy all of them,” Pfau said. “Wrestling is my main one. It will take me the furthest. It definitely surprises me still.”


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