A local 8-year old girl shines on the wrestling mat! Ladyn Hines, a second grade student at Barnesville Elementary School, may not be the conventional wrestler when you think of wrestling, but she has been taking the wrestling mat by storm this past year. 

Hines recently earned the title "State Champ" at the Second Annual OAC Girls State Championships in Youngstown on March 17 at Division 1, 57 pounds. She then wrestled again the following weekend at the OAC Grade School State Wrestling Championships (mainly boys) where kids have to qualify in the top four, at one of the 8 Districts in order to compete at the State level. This is Ohio’s premier wrestling tournament where the "best of the best" in the state of Ohio meet up to earn a spot on the podium. In a field of 32 wrestlers, she battled her way to the podium in a two day event, which usually is unheard of for a girl, with a phenomenal seventh place. The OAC places the top 8 in the state and Hines managed to place seventh at Division 2, 58 pounds. Hines has also competed in many other outstanding tournaments this year, earning First place at Nuway the Winter Throne, in New Cumberland, W.Va., where kids from all over the US come to participate. She has also earned the "Title" spot at the PennWay Girls State Championships held at the California University of Pennsylvania. Her hard work and dedication has lead her to earning The Most Outstanding Wrestler and Sportsmanship Award at the 2019 Beallsville Open Tournament, which was the first time a female has earned this award.

Due to Hines’ performance, she has been recently asked to participate on The Ohio National Girls Team in the upcoming event called "The Viper Pit" being held at the Wesbanco Arena on Saturday, April 13. Ladyn trains with Barnesville’s Elite Wrestling Team and Young Guns Wrestling Club from Ebensburg, Pa. She also practices countless of hours in her basement with her father Bud Hines.

She is the daughter of Bud and Lacy Hines. She also has two siblings Skout and Ryot Hines. She is the granddaughter of Marvin and Lisa Butler and Dave and Susan Hines. She plans to continue her wrestling career as far as she can.