Chanlee McKinney, an 8-year-old Osage who attends Woodland schools, won the 8-and-under OKUSA State Wrestling Championship at 75 pounds in Tulsa on Jan. 28.
The daughter of Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academy Director Tara McKinney and Bud McKinney pinned her opponent about 30 seconds into the championship match for the gold medal. It was her third match of the weekend; the first she won with a pin, the second 9-2.
This season, she has won several championships, including at Owasso, the Choctaw Ironman Classic, Skiatook, and Stillwater’s Bedlam Battle. She has only lost one match, the championship round at the Bixby Classic, and she beat that girl at OKUSA.
She will wrestle next at the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association’s state championship meet in Tulsa Feb. 17-18.
Chanlee wrestles for the Woodland Wrestling Club, which started up three years ago and has grown to 38 wrestlers, nine of whom are girls.
Cara Prock, a Grayhorse girl, barreled through three matches and made three pins for the state championship title Jan. 28 at 90 pounds in the OKUSA division for girls 10 and under.
Cara, 11, is a 5th grader at Vian Elementary School and is a member of the Osage Nation. She wrestles with the Vian Youth Wrestling Club and is currently in her fifth year of wrestling.
Cara is the daughter of Christopher and Mellissa Prock of Vian.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on Feb. 3, 2023, to include Cara Prock’s wrestling accomplishment.