The first Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming WyoPreps Athlete of the Year for girls’ wrestling is Jackson Hole High School’s Tai McBride. The junior earned the honor after winning a state championship a year after an injury cut short a possible title bid.

McBride went 27-0 at 120 pounds and capped her perfect season with a victory by fall in the state finals at 5:17. The junior pinned all four of her opponents at the state tournament. Three of those came in the first period. McBride won all eight tournaments she wrestled in, including the annual Ron Thon Memorial in Riverton. She also won titles at the Star Valley Lady Braves Brawl, Joe Aimone Invite, Traeden McPherson Memorial, Madison Invitational in Idaho, Lander Valley HS Invite, and the WHSAA Girls’ 4A West Regional. McBride won all but six matches in the 2023-24 season by fall. All but one was a bonus-point win. This year’s success came on the heels of an undefeated sophomore season, which was cut short by an injury right before the 2023 state wrestling championships.

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WyoPreps spoke with McBride, who was very surprised to win our first honor. She felt she grew as a person and wrestler as the season went along. She was excited to win a state in a familiar place, discussed where she improved the most as the season went along, and more.

Congratulations to Tai McBride!

2024 State Wrestling-Girls Finals

2024 State Wrestling-Girls Finals

Gallery Credit: Frank Gambino

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