The 2021-22 girls wrestling team includes (front, from left) Shawnna Jimenez, Aubriana Momberg, Joslynn Grinsell, Hailie Higgins, (back, from left) manager Marissa Derouche, Emily Williams, Yasmine Tatsey-McKay, Makayla Rider and Beatrice Kipp. They are coached by Mike Burns.

Browning High School’s first female wrestling squad made their first appearance on the mats at the Owen Invitational held in Polson last weekend. For Coach Mike Burns, the meet was a good experience.

“The girls had their first ever matches this weekend in Polson and did extremely well,” Coach Burns said. “The first day they competed with the boys and showed great toughness. On Saturday they got to match up against other girls and pretty much dominated.”

The Lady Indians scored their share of pins.

“Joslynn Grinsell went 1-1 on Saturday against other girls,” said the coach, “losing to a tough girl who we can’t wait to get another shot at. Yasmine Tatsey-McKay went 2-0 against girls on Saturday, pinning both her opponents. Aubriana Momberg never got to match up with a girl but showed fight against the boys she wrestled. She is very strong and gets herself into good positions to score. Shawnna Jimenez got a nice pin against a tough girl from Polson and is looking phenomenal!”

With the season having begun, the girls’ slate of meets is full.

“This weekend on Saturday, Dec. 11, we will wrestle in Kalispell at Flathead High in their first all-girl tournament,” Coach Burns said. “Then on Dec. 17-18 we will be at CMR in Great Falls where they will also have an all-girls division. I am extremely proud of these young ladies for showing how tough they are. It takes a lot to get out there in front of people in an unfamiliar setting and do this sport, and they showed mental toughness and grit! I am super excited for the season. We have eight girls on the team right now, and not all competed the first week so now they will get to go to Kalispell.”

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