Kayla Cox wins MWA girls state title

Kayla Cox

At the Michigan Wrestling Association Girls State finals on March 21, Riverview’s Kayla Cox was crowned state champion in the 117-pound weight class. 

The 117-pound class was the largest at the state finals and Cox, who was seeded third heading into the event, went 4-0 on the day, including two pinfalls.

After a first round bye, Cox pinned Jo Lynn Bode of Pine River at 1:07 in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinals she also won by fall, pinning Danielle Ruiz of DeWitt at the 3:55 mark.  

In the semifinals, Cox faced No. 2 seeded Gabby Motz of Laingsburg.  Trailing 6-4 with only 32 seconds remaining in the match, Kayla secured a reversal to tie the score and scored two near-fall points at the buzzer to win 8-6.

In the state championship match, Cox wrestled No. 4 seed Morgan Irwin of Westland John Glenn. Irwin had defeated top seed Lindsey Gibson of Chippewa Hills to reach the championship bout.

In the final, Cox scored a takedown in the closing seconds of the first period to go up 2-0.

It was still 2-0 as the third period began and the John Glenn wrestler chose the bottom for the restart. Despite Kayla a ton of action and multiple near escapes by the very strong and athletic John Glenn wrestler, Cox maintained control for the entire two-minute final period and secured the 2-0 win and the state title.

The trip to the MWA state finals was the third for Cox, who finished third in 2019 and sixth in 2020.

During the MHSAA season Kayla wrestles with and against mostly boys. She is a four-year letter winner with almost 50 career varsity wins. Kayla is also an academic all-state wrestler with 4.1 GPA.

The entire Riverview schools community is proud of Kayla. She is one of hardest workers, as well as one of the toughest wrestlers.

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