Queen Anne’s pins Walter Johnson in all-girls wrestling dual

Lions produce five pins in a dominant and historical performance

Published on: January 22, 2023 3:58 PM EST|Updated on: January 23, 2023 1:14 PM EST

Queen Anne's junior captain Julia Reburn (top) pinned 135-pound rival Madeline Barnett of Walter Johnson of Montgomery County in 35 seconds.
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Queen Anne’s girls’ wrestling team continued to make history with Saturday’s resounding 48-24 dual meet victory in an all-female dual meet at Walter Johnson of Montgomery County.

Already the first-ever all-girls’ wrestling team in the Bayside Conference, and boasting their program’s initial female state champion in sophomore Ally Conley (110), the Lions went on the road to claim their school’s first-ever dual meet win in an all-girls’ wrestling competition.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association held its inaugural all-girls state wrestling tournament at Northeast High in February 2018.

Queen Anne's junior captain Delaney Gray (top) pinned 130-pound rival Mia Magone of Walter Johnson of Montgomery County in 84 seconds.

Pinning for the Lions were Conley (110), junior team captains Delaney Gray (130) and Julia Reburn (135), freshman Bree Conard (125) and sophomore Kaylynn Bryant (170).

Conley is the second-ever girls state champion in the Bayside Conference following Anya Knappenberger of Stephen Decatur in 2019.

“Everyone was amazing,” said Conley, who improved her record to a team-best 6-1. “I’m proud of how everyone performed.”

Reburn had the fastest fall in 35 seconds, followed by Conley in 58, Gray in 84, Conard in 85, and Bryant in 4 minutes and 35 seconds.

“Sometimes with wrestling you forget why you love it. For me, it’s matches like Saturday’s when I get to be a part of something that at one point was only a dream,” Reburn said.

“For myself, my teammates, and my coaches, it really reignites the fire and love for this sport. It’s days like Saturday that make you remember why you put in 150 percent to make the people rooting for you proud.”

Freshman Kallie Stubbs (105), sophomore Ava Price (120) and senior Erin Reynolds (115) all won by forfeit as the Lions improved to 1-1 in dual meets against girls’ teams. Reburn improved her record on the year to 8-3, Conard is 7-3, Price is 7-4 and Bryant is 6-4.

The Lions rebounded from a narrow, 42-36 loss earlier this year to Winters Mill, a program whose squad has swelled to 30 members. A crowd of 350 packed the Queen Anne’s gym to witness the match.

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“Stepping off the mat and being able to make your coaches proud is one of the best feelings. Having our first-ever women’s dual meet win on Saturday was an incredible achievement,” said Gray, who placed second at regions last year.

“The fact that I was able to be a part of making history once again just motivates me to keep pushing. Being able to achieve this with my teammates just makes me proud of myself and every girl in our family. It makes me excited to see what we will accomplish next.”

Conard’s grandfather, Dan Zottarelli, coached Kent County High for more than three decades, and her mother, Wendy, was a manager of several of her father, Dan’s, teams.

“Saturday’s match boosted our confidence a lot,” said Conard, who has upheld the family tradition by earning each of her seven victories by fall. “Winning has made us realize why we want to compete so badly. So now that we have enjoyed this feeling of winning, it’s motivating us for our next competition because we want it that much more.”

The Lions vanquished the Wildcats in advance of playing host on January 28 to their program’s inaugural all-girls Queen Of The Jungle Tournament.

“I am incredibly proud of these young women. To watch them grow as a wrestling family and as wrestlers themselves has made this season unforgettable,” said Lions’ coach David Stricker.

“This dominant dual meet win validates all the hard work and effort they have put in this season. They aren’t just making a path for future Queen Anne’s County High School women wrestlers, they are making a highway.”