South Loup female wrestler Lila Bloomer signed her letter of intent on Wednesday to join the Chadron State Women’s Wrestling Program. This past summer, Chadron State officially announced that they would be adding women’s wrestling to its sports department. Alijah Jeffrey was announced in August as head coach of the program and will lead the team into its inaugural season which begins Saturday at the Colorado Mesa Open. Jeffrey came to Chadron State after two successful years as an assistant for both the women’s and men’s wrestling programs at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa, where he coached three individual national champions and 12 All-Americans in the 2020-21 women’s wrestling season. Bloomer told KCNI/KBBN sports that coach Jeffrey was one of the reasons she was drawn to the Chadron State program.
Earlier this year, the Nebraska Schools Activities Association voted unanimously to sanction and recognize girls wrestling as an official NSAA sport beginning this academic year. Bloomer is excited about that development and is ready to compete.
When asked about her goals for the upcoming season, Bloomer was very quick with her answer.