The Start

June 1, 2009 Rodeo

The main reason I tried wrestling is because I am a tough girl. Unfortunately I didn’t have the grades to do football in the fall which was what I wanted to play for so long. So when I saw signs around school for wrestling in the winter, I thought it would make up for not being able to play my fall sport. I felt really proud when I told my brother about wanting to do wrestling and I was so excited to be the first girl on the team for the first time in a few years. But I still had to wait before I could join the team…I was already part of the dumb wrestler stereotype with my poor grades. After I talked about wanting to do it so much, these two sisters I knew decided to join the team, and that upset me. They got there first, before me. But when I finally stepped into the wrestling for the first time, I was no longer upset.

I entered the hot sweaty room three weeks into the season for the first time and sat down in the circle of boys. One of the first things the coach asked me was what weight I was at. But in front of all these boys!? I was just about to get up and whisper it to him instead of yelling across the circle, but I thought different of it. I was going to be with these boys all season and they are going to find out anyway. I learned my first wrestling move, a single-leg take down, and I knew I was better and stronger than the two other girls. On my first try when I heard the girl moan in pain as she hit the ground, I was so happy I joined the team. I am not saying I like to see other people in pain, but when my new coach starts getting all excited and starts patting my back, it feels good. And when two weeks later when I became the only girl on the team, I knew I was going to stay strong and never quit like them.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. leilarader  |  June 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    That was really interesting to read! A girl on the wrestling team. That is so great that you found a sport that you really enjoy. I hope you continue to be the best! Good luck!

  • 2. Anastasia  |  June 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Hey good for your for trying something new. I know what it is like to be one of the few people on the team that is a girl. On my team, there are like, 50 boys and 6 girls. I always end up with the boys. I hope your wrestling season goes well!

  • 3. alissa  |  June 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I think its really cool that you went out and did wrestling this last season. I know personal i would not want to wrestle with sweaty guys but its cool that you love the sport that much to want to do that. Keep doing what you are doing and hopefully in the years to come more girls will join the team because of you!

  • 4. gopherjuice5  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I found your story really inspiring. After reading this I know feel differently about my own future in athletics and that I can compeat with with guys in the sport I play. One of the collages I want to attend only has a boys soccer team and I felt as though I would never be able to compeat with them even though I play devision 1. But after reading this, you have inspired me to give it a chance even if I may be the only girl on the team.

  • 5. aqjones11  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I think that it is vey cool that you have found a passion that most girls do not find interensting. Good luck!

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