Holt High School sophomore Esther Han was crowned State Champion in her weight class (142) at the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Girls Wrestling Championship at the University of Missouri-Columbia February 20-22, 2020.  This is Han’s second consecutive championship; last year, as a freshman, she was crowned the State Champion at 136 at the inaugural MSHSAA Girls State Wrestling Championship.

Han won by technical fall at state over Brianna Cowherd from West Plains in the first round, and went on to beat Meriad Jorgenson from William Chrisman by fall in the quarterfinals. She defeated Rachel Rellihan from Fort Osage by fall in the semifinal round, and won by fall over Josie Wright of Lathrop in the championship round. “Esther trained hard this offseason and during the year and it has paid off,” said Holt Wrestling Coach Andrew Hammond. “She strives to be the best wrestler and teammate she can be while continuing to grow the sport of women’s wrestling.”

Han’s state championship caps off her sophomore season at 31-1 with 27 pins, 1 technical fall and 3 major decisions. Han wrestled in middle school, where she lived in Illinois before moving to the WSD, and has a background in competitive judo, which she attributes in part to her success as a wrestler.