No sweat;
Moline's Maryam Ndiaye dominates all opposition to win state title

Maryam Ndiaye celebrates her title
BLOOMINGTON - Moline wrestler Maryam Ndiaye celebrates her championship win at 155-pounds on Saturday at Grossinger Motor Arena. Last year's runner-up at the state tournament, she defeated Richwoods' Jaida Johnson by major decision, 14-5, to become the first female high school wrestler to win a state champion title in the Quad City area. The senior, who finished undefeated this season at 31-0, ended her prep career of two years with an impressive 47-4 record.

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BLOOMINGTON - Maryam Ndiaye effortlessly pinned her way into the 155-pound title bout on Saturday. Once there, she was also in complete control of the outcome, defeating Jaida Johnson 14-5. Here is a recap of the Moline High School senior's title run at the 2024 IHSA Girls' Individual Wrestling State Finals.

First Round:
Ndiaye opened her state tournament run with a quick pin, sticking New Trier's Nina Aceves (28-8) in 48 seconds for her 28th victory of the season.

Up 5-0 in the second period, Ndiaye tied up Alton's Elanna Hickman (29-5) for the fall at 3:09.

Facing Clifton Central's Payton Temple (8-4), Ndiaye ran the score up with two takedowns and near fall, going up 8-1 in the second period. At 2:54, the Maroon's star recorded her third state tournament pin, and secured her a spot in the 155 championship match.

Championship Match:
In her only six-minute match as she marched through the 155-pound bracket, Ndiaye, scoring with a pair of takedowns and nearfalls, racked up an 8-2 lead in the first period against Richwood's Jaida Johnson (25-4).

With 30 seconds into the second period, the Moline grappler earned points on another takedown. With 19 seconds left in the frame, Johnson was on her back again, giving up another takedown and nearfall to Ndiaye, who stretched her lead by 10.

There was a lot of action in the third and final period of the match but almost no scoring except for an escape from Johnson on a restart. At the final buzzer, Ndiaye took the bout by major decision 14-5 and became the first Quad City area female wrestler to win an individual state title on Saturday.

Championship Match Gallery

Maryam Ndiaye vs Jaida Johnson

155-pound ~ Championship Match