Olivia Daniels is a small town girl with a big dream

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“Small town girl with a big dream” describes Olivia Daniels’ wrestling hopes.

Daniels competed in the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (OHSWCA) Girls State Wrestling Championship Feb. 22 and 23 in Hilliard with the goal of earning a state title.

The Malvern High School senior returned home with the 189 lb. state title. 

Daniels earned a bye the first round and then pinned Adria Ingram from Cleveland Center in 30 seconds.  She faced Kayley Ross of Alliance and pinned her in 36 seconds. In the semi-finals, Daniels planted Kylie Roberts of Napoleon Girls in 1:54. Olivia pinned Payton Curley of Dover in 1:10 for the title.

Daniels went into the tournament seeded #1 in her weight bracket. When asked how she felt when she saw her standings, she said, “Amazing, but I did not let it go to my head because it only takes one wrong move. I wanted it and that’s what I got.”

“It was really nerve-wracking doing the first parade of champions,” Daniels said. “It was quite a memory. One I’ll never forget.”

There were 30 teams in the competition. As the only member of the Malvern team, Daniels tied for 22nd place with Cleveland Central Catholic.

Daniels, a senior at Malvern, has been wrestling for seven years. She has been a member of the Malvern team for two years and has been involved with girls wrestling for two years. The tournament was Daniels first time on the mat in after suffering a concussion two weeks ago.

She will compete in sectional competition Feb. 29 with the Malvern boys team in the sectional tournament. 

 “I am ready for sectionals. I want to show them what girls can do,” Daniels said. “I really want to go to state. It’s my senior year. I’m ready to go get them.”

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