History in the making with first ever girls state wrestling

Kali Hood currently ranked No. 1 in the state in her weight class
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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CAP wrestler Kali Hood is poised to become a state champion this weekend.(Photo by Randi Coleman)

History will be made this weekend when for the first time, Montana has its first state wrestling meet for girls this Friday and Saturday at the Lockwood High School just outside the edge of Billings.

Two athletes will represent the Columbus-Absarokee-Park City team — freshman Jordyn Wolf at 113 pounds and junior Kali Hood at 285 pounds.

Hood just might bring home some hardware.

“I think Kali has a great shot at bringing home the first girls state championship in this program’s history,” said CAP Coach Lanny Conat Jr. “Nothing is guaranteed in this sport. If she wants it, she will have to earn it.”

Hood has been wrestling with the program since she was a freshman.

“I could probably count on one hand how many times she has missed practice. She is a hardworker and is always looking to get better,” said Conat Jr.

When asked what it was about wrestling that drew her to the sport, Hood told the News it was being told it was not something she should pursue.

“The thing that interests me and made me keep going is that people always told me that I shouldn’t wrestle. I’ve had people tell me it’s not a girls sport and hearing that just pushed me to try harder in the sport,” said Hood.

Wolf also drew praise from Conat Jr.

“I’m super proud of Jo sticking with this sport. She is getting better every practice and I believe she will compete at a high level this weekend.”

The event will be broadcast on NFHS.