USD 475 Student Receives National Recognition

Women’s wrestling has been recognized as the fastest emerging sport for women.  It is also one of the fastest growing high school sports, with over 27000 female high school wrestlers across the country. 

This year, Kansas State High School Activities Association held it’s first sanctioned Girl’s Wrestling State Tournament.  Junction City High School’s own Elisa Robinson took home the State Championship for her weight class.  Elisa had won two previous statewide tournaments, and some would argue that she is a 3-time state champion. 

Elisa Robinson

Recently, Elisa received national recognition for her success, both on the mat and in the classroom. Each year, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, presents young women across the country with the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award.  This award is given to a female high school wrestler in each state that shows dedication to her sport, maintains a high GPA, and actively participate in community service opportunities. 

Elisa Robinson, now a JCHS graduate, was named the honoree for the state of Kansas.  Elisa’s name will be etched into a trophy that will be on display at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Elisa will also be considered for the National Award, where one winner is selected from the state winners. 

To learn more about Tricia Saunders, female wrestling, or the history of wrestling as a sport, please visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s website at