Mundy first PHS girl to reach state wrestling tourney

by Mark Cheffey

Dyoni Mundy made PHS sports history by becoming the school’s first female wrestler to advance to the state tournament.

Dyoni Mundy

Mundy, a junior, took second place in the 122-pound weight class at Saturday’s sectional tournament in Versailles and will now compete at state Tuesday, March 9, at Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence.

“She wrestled a great tournament in a pretty tough sectional tournament,” said Coach Josh Buatte. “Now she’ll have a little break between now and state to work on a few things to prepare for the state tournament. 

“Then she will just need to leave it all on the mat when she wrestles.” 

Mundy, who is now 26-3 on the season, won her first two matches Saturday before falling in the title match by fall at 2:50 to Marissa Sanabria of Holt.

Mundy opened the tournament with a quarterfinal victory by fall at 2:49 over Vanessa Guevara of Jefferson City, and then won her semifinal match by fall at 1:02 over Abbigale Drew of Mexico.

Buatte said Mundy’s success has not come by accident.

“Dyoni is a very hard worker and has worked for this all year,” Buatte said.

Palmyra’s other sectional qualifying female wrestler, Anna Ragar, lost both of her matches in the 117-pound weight class.