Taking down boundaries: Coldren pins down Carlisle’s first girls state wrestling medal (Q&A)


Joe Wilson

ADMIRAL ADVICE: Girls wrestling head coach Vinny Anceravage coaches up CHS Junior Katelyn Coldren at MyHouse Pennsylvania State Championships. Coldren went on to finish 6th out of 27 wrestlers. The girls state championships were hosted by Central Dauphin High School and hosted hundreds of the best girls wrestlers in the state.

Carlisle’s inaugural season of girls club wrestling has concluded with success. CHS junior Katelyn Coldren finished sixth in the state, bringing the Thundering Herd home their first girls state medal ever. What’s even more impressive is Coldren is in her first year in the sport, taking advantage of a new adventure with new opportunities, a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and setting an example for the possible future of girls wrestling at CASD.

Q1.What does it mean to you to not only reach a goal but to be the first girl state place winner in school history?

It’s an honor to have the opportunity because of my coaches and everyone who organizes the events around the state, and I’m grateful to set an example for future girl wrestlers.

Q2.What has been your favorite part about your wrestling journey so far?

My favorite part of my journey is seeing my coaches’ satisfaction after winning because they take so much time out of their lives to deal with us and to just know it wasn’t a waste of time.

Q3.Who is someone that you look up to in the sport?

I look up to Sarah Hildabrant because not only is she an amazing wrestler but she is an amazing person. She shares her love for the sport by showing other girls her passion and love by coaching other girls.

WRESTLING ROLE MODEL: Members of the Carlisle girls wrestling club pose with olympic bronze medalist and two time world silver medalist Sarah Hildebrant. The opportunity came at The Compound in York and gave girls wrestlers over mid-state the chance of a lifetime. (Courtesy of: Joe Wilson)

Q4.How do you strive to be a role model for the next generation of Carlisle girls wrestling?

I am going to keep working hard and push other girls to do the same.

Q5.What else do you plan to do to get girls wrestling sanctioned as a sport at CASD?

I’m going to spread the word about girls wrestling and how well we are doing for being a first-year program to get more girls to come out, as well as to push the athletic directors to see how girls wrestling is in the future.