The advent of girls wrestling has opened a lot of doors.
McPherson High’s Shyanne Fernandez walked through one on Tuesday.
The Bullpup senior signed a wrestling letter of intent with Wentworth Military of Lexington, Mo., an opportunity she would never have received had she not decided to give wrestling a try in her final year.
“There’s lots of opportunities,” said Fernandez, who took second in the Kansas State Tournament held last month at the Roundhouse and also was second in the War of the Roses Tournament this past weekend. “I was kind of nervous at first (about wrestling) because I didn’t know what I was doing, but once I started it was a lot of fun.”
Fernandez said she’ll be busy in the offseason, including competing in a tournament later this month in Oklahoma.
She said she visited the school and came away impressed.
“It’s a small school,” she said. “There’s small classes, so I really like that. There’s like eight to 10 in each class.”
Fernandez hopes to become a nurse.
“She’s very athletic,” MHS coach Doug Kretzer said. “She had never wrestled before, but she improved by leaps and bounds. Once she got at 195, she really turned the corner and made big improvements. She’s really good on her feet and has a good, natural feel for wrestling.”