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Free State Wrestler Wins 3rd State Title

Madyson Gray Finishes Her Career on the Top

Reece Dunker

Madyson Gray’s emphatic first round victory in the state final match cemented her dominant legacy as a Free State High School wrestler.

For the third straight year, Madyson Gray, the superstar senior wrestler, took home first place in the state tournament. It is her third such title if you count an unofficial one against boys, her freshman year. 

Gray not only walked away victorious but finished career atop the podium at a perfect 95-0. A record that is unheard of in the short, three-year history of girl’s high school wrestling in Kansas.

Her club coach, Tyler Dedich, raved about how much Gray dedicates herself to the sport. 

“She’s someone that has put in 12 months, year-around wrestling. Working out before school in the weight room, with her cardio, and then practice, and then she stays after,” Dedich said.

Gray’s career began wrestling against boys in junior high. The first three years of her wrestling career were spent going against boys. 

The two biggest factors that helped Gray succeed was the tough competition she faced, along with her top-notch conditioning. Both of which she is proud to take credit for.  

Her father and coach, Darin Gray, credits a lot of the success to her nutrition programs.

“When I was wrestling, the coaches didn’t take into account how a person lost weight, they just wanted you to lose weight. They make sure that the individuals will follow a plan to maintain their weight loss and be able to maintain weight appropriately,” Gray said. 

The next step for Gray is attending Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she will continue to wrestle.