Jovanna Volker makes history as first State bound Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway girls wrestler

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A Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway Titan has wrestled their way to state.

Not only did they qualify for the big stage, only in 8th grade, Jovanna Volker is the program’s first-ever girl to make it to the state wrestling mats.

“I was really happy that I made it to state in 8th grade, and for it only being my second year. I was in jiu-jitsu for seven or eight years before I did wrestling so that helped too,” Volker shared.

“This year we had 12 kids total in the program for boys and girls. So to get something like this, and Jovanna’s young talent, is going to help build the program,” head coach Evan Osterhoudt said. “Hopefully get some more people interested in the sport and continue to build the program and watch more girls get excited to wrestle.”

Volker placed second in sections to secure her spot at state. “I feel like any girl can do this sport.”

The tournament runs March 2-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.