PARACHUTE - Cody Pfau is coming out of her comfort zone. Again.
That's because the Grand Valley High School senior is being recognized for her accomplishments on the wrestling mat. Again.
Pfau last month became Colorado's first female wrestler to win a first-round state tournament match, beating Fort Lupton's Ferdinando Martinez, 6-5, in the 106-pound weight class. It highlighted what has been a stellar high school career for Pfau, who is also the senior class president at Grand Valley and is slated to be the school's valedictorian.
But Pfau's historic victory, along with a nomination from Grand Valley athletic director David Walck, are what helped her earn her latest award. Tonight, she'll be recognized at the 39th-annual Sportswomen of Colorado awards banquet, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver.
It's unclear what kind of recognition will be given to Pfau, who will fly into Denver from a wrestling tournament in Missouri to be at the awards banquet. Then again, she's the last one who will brag about it.
"She didn't want anyone to know about this," said Walck, who nominated her for the award. "She told me, 'But there were seven other guys in my bracket who did better than I did.' I told her, 'I understand that, but you've done something no other female athlete in this state has ever done.' She truly is a female role model for so many people."
Pfau is one of two women in the state recognized for what they've accomplished on the wrestling mat. Adeline Gray, who won the 2012 women's world championship at 67 kilograms and trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, is the other.
Another is Kim Dobson of Grand Junction, whose on-foot ascent to the top of Pikes Peak in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 58 seconds, broke a 31-year old record by more than 8 1/2 minutes. Among the speakers at the banquet will be Marcia Neville of Denver's FOX-31 and four-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin.
"We are very proud of her," Cody's mother, Megan, said by phone on Saturday. "I wish she would have accomplished her goal at the state tournament, but she still accomplished more than any other woman at that stage."