DeForest’s Natalie Kemp is among several Wisconsin girls ranked nationally in wrestling in the first national girls high school wrestling rankings released this week. 

The rankings were developed by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling. 

Kemp, from DeForest High School, was ranked fifth nationally at 180 pounds. Other state girls wrestlers ranked include Macey Kilty of Stratford, No. 2 at 132; Ellie Keen of Twin Lakes (Wilmot High School), third at 138; Hanna Ramos of Kenosha (Kenosha Bradford), third at 144; Jayden Laurent of Denmark, second at 152; and Kiana Pugh of Mosinee, fifth at 152.

Girls enrolled in grades nine through 12 and athletes from all 50 states are considered.

“One of the best ways to grow our sport is through increased participation from female athletes,” National Wrestling Hall of Fame executive director Lee Roy Smith said in a release. “We all feel that it is time for our female wrestlers to be awarded the same opportunities as male wrestlers, and having regular national rankings is a positive step towards making that happen.”

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.