Knappenberger Wins State Title For Seahawks

Knappenberger Wins State Title For Seahawks
Anya Knappenberger

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur varsity wrestler Anya Knappenberger won the school’s first-ever girls’ state wrestling championship last week, sweeping three matches to claim the title.

Knappenberger, who battles week in and week out on the unbeaten Decatur varsity team, got her moment in the sun last weekend when she won the girls’ state championship at 112, the first-ever state title for a female wrestler from the school. Knappenberger swept three matches and didn’t give up a single point on her way to the title.

After a first-round bye, Knappenberger beat Skylar Beard of Woodlawn and Caitlin Johnson of Carver Center to reach the finals. In the championship match, Knappenberger beat Nina Small of Fairmont Heights. Knappenberger is a key wrestler on Decatur’s highly-successful varsity wrestling team.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.