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Photo Story: PV girls win over Bettendorf in first sanctioned home meet

The spotlight hung unlit above the wrestling mats. The stands were filled with few spectators outside of family and friends.

The PV girls’ wrestling team was undeterred. With a hard-fought performance, PV won over Bettendorf 48-36 at their first and only home meet of the year.

The last time Bettendorf and PV met, PV forfeited five matches and suffered a 5-4 loss in contested matches. Bettendorf, on the other hand, has dominated not only QC area schools, but also defeated Waverly-Shell Rock, the reigning state champions, to finish second at the prestigious Battle of Waterloo. 

At the start of the PV-Bettendorf dual, another Bettendorf victory seemed likely. Bettendorf won by forfeit at 100 and 105, then won by pin at 110. That pin, however, was one of only two from the Bettendorf team. PV had eight by the end of the night. 

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Last year, only a handful of PV girls wrestled at the high school level. Unlike Bettendorf’s roster of over 20 girls, PV did not boast high numbers, and most of the girls practiced with the boys’ team. However, the announcement that girls’ wrestling would be sanctioned by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athlete Union starting the following season changed this dynamic. With leadership from veteran wrestlers, alums and newcomers alike, the PV girls’ wrestling program has grown in size and strength, as shown through their triumph over cross-town rival Bettendorf.

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Gretchen Highberger, Copy Editor
Gretchen Highberger is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as a copy editor for the Spartan Shield. Most afternoons in the fall, she can be found at cross country practice. Since freshman year, she has been a member of Pleasant Valley Girls Cross Country and has had the opportunity to compete on the varsity squad at the state level multiple times. During home football games, she can be found behind the endzones or on the field as a member of the marching band. This year, she has the honor of being one of five drum majors. During concert band, she plays clarinet and was selected for All-State Band her sophomore year and junior years. She enjoys meaningful conversations, which lead her to compete on the Ethics Bowl team that advanced to nationals last spring. When not at school, she enjoys experimenting with the same 10 ingredients in her kitchen and using an inordinate amount of dishes to make very rudimentary meals, much to the annoyance of her family, as well as trying to fit 8 hours worth of sleep into a 6 hour period.   
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Photo Story: PV girls win over Bettendorf in first sanctioned home meet