There are a lot of sports that are considered "male sports." Well to all you ladies out there, there is a chance to play these sports. I got so sick of Pittsburgh Public Schools not really letting females participate on the Wrestling team because they "can't handle it." Well, I handled it, for three years and amazed everyone-even myself.
I was one of the guys on my wrestling team. No one looked at me as a female wrestler, they just thought of me as a wrestler. When I stepped onto the mat, everyone knew I was ready to put up a fight. I asked my mom for the first time if I was aloud to be on the team, and she said sure, and then laughed about it. But she signed the papers, so I wrestled. The first year I was involved, she hardly came to any of my matches. She didn't want anything to do with it because she thought it wasn't my sport (plus she was afraid to watch because she thought I would get hurt). I stuck with it, and the next year I was making it big. I was on Langley High School's wrestling team. I didn't really wrestle any matches during this year because I became more focused on female wrestling season in Febuary and March.
This was the best season of my life (2002). I went to the Pennsylvania tournament (of course, because I live here), West Virginia tournament, Ohio tournament, and the National Female Wrestling Tournament that was held in Lake Orion, Michigan. There were over 400 female wrestlers there. It was the best experience of my life. I made it to the second day by pinning three females and only losing to one. The next day was more hectic but I managed well. I ended up coming 12th in the U.S.A. for female wrestling.
In the year of 2003, I wrestled in a lot of state tournaments as well, including West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Colonial States Tournament held in Washington D.C. In the Pennsylvania tournament, I pinned this one girl in about 1 minute. She came in 12th place at Nationals in 2003. I didn't get to go to Nationals that year, due to a shoulder separation from a tournament in Ohio the week before, or I would have probably came in the top 6. My mom and I were so upset. I couldn't stop crying because I was missing the biggest event of my senior year of high school. I know I could have done so much better in this year than I did the last, but I can't change that now.
All this wrestling made my senior year exciting anyway due to receiving the KDKA Extra Effort Award. I received this for being a good wrestler, being valedictorian, and also having over 200 community service hours. I also received the YMCA Scholar Athlete Award for wrestling. If you scroll down on this page you'll see me. YES I WAS IN THE TRIBUNE REVIEW-YIPPEE!!! These were definitely the highlights of my senior year and it made up for not being able to go to Nationals.
Anyone who wants to learn more about female wrestling should definitely go to the USGWA (United States Girls Wrestling Association) website, or you can talk to me. If you want to learn some wrestling moves, I got um!! I really wish Seton Hill had a wrestling team as well, because I would definitely be a part of it!!Posted by Anne Stadler at October 6, 2003 09:52 PM