Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OU signs first female wrestler

By The Herald Staff | 12/26/2013

The new Ottawa University women’s wrestling team now has a wrestler.

Ottawa wrestling coach Kevin Andres signed his first recruit: Addie Lanning from McPherson. Her brother, Zach, is an all-conference defensive lineman for the Braves.

The new Ottawa University women’s wrestling team now has a wrestler.

Ottawa wrestling coach Kevin Andres signed his first recruit: Addie Lanning from McPherson. Her brother, Zach, is an all-conference defensive lineman for the Braves.

Lanning is an accomplished wrestler. She is a two-time USA Wrestling (USAW) All-American. She was named an All-American at the Fargo Nationals in South Dakota. She earned a top five ranking for six straight years in the United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA). She was a five-time USA Wrestling Kansas State Champion.

She took second at the Body Bar National Championships. Lanning was a Southern Plains Regional Freestyle Champion.

As a soccer player at McPherson High School, Lanning also earned two letters and was a second team all-conference selection.

“My freshman year was when I decided if I was going to continue with my career,” Lanning said. “It was a rude awakening from middle school wrestling or kids’ club. During the first week, there was a practice that coach [Doug] Kretzer was in charge of conditioning.

“I was dying halfway through the session of torture. Coach saw me starting to slow down, and that’s when he yelled, ‘Addie, you signed up for this.’ I remember that moment more than any other in my career so far because he was the first person to push me and not settle for less from me because I was a girl. That was a changing moment for me, and I think of it every time I think I’ve settled for less.”

Andres was impressed with that attitude and Lanning’s notable results since.

“I am very excited to have someone of Addie’s caliber as our first-ever signee at Ottawa,” he said. “I look forward to her joining us in the fall and helping us build a strong foundation of winning here.”

Lanning plans to major in healthylivingfrco.org' target='_blank'>exercise science.

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