Girls Wrestling State Championships

Girls Wrestling State Championships


THE WINTER SPORTS SEASON MEANS PUTTING ON A SINGLET AND HITTING THE WRESTLING MAT.. BUT AS SPORTS 10’S CASEY MILLER TELLS US.. THERE’S A NEW PRIZE OUT THERE THAT ISN’T FOR THE BOYS.. WHEN THE WRESTLING TEAMS AT ALL THREE VIGO COUNTY SCHOOLS LACE UP.. IT’S NOT JUST A BOYS CLUB.. I’M IN HIGH SCHOOL. IT’S A NEW EXPERIENCE. SO I JUST WANTED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. SOME GIRLS.. LIKE VIRGINIA GRAF.. SKIPPING A TYPICAL GIRLS WINTER SPORT.. AND DEFYING EXPECTATIONS.. ALL MY FRIENDS WERE LIKE “YOU ONLY WEIGH LIKE 80 POUNDS. YOU’RE GOING TO DIE VIRGINIA.” I’M LIKE “I HAVEN’T DIED YET. SO I’M PRETTY SURE I’M NOT GOING TO.” I’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE ATHLETIC KID, SO I REMEMBER MY MOM CAME IN. SHE WAS TALKING TO ME AND MY BROTHER AND SAID WE SHOULD JOIN WRESTLING. MY BROTHER DIDN’T WANT TO. BUT I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. AND HERE I AM. THE STATE OF INDIANA FIRST AWARDED A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BOYS WRESTLING IN 1933. TERRE HAUTE SOUTH WRESTLER JARYN STRONG SAYS IT’S TIME FOR A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 84 YEARS. I THINK GIRLS CAN DO JUST AS MUCH AS GUYS CAN AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THE HEART TO DO IT. AND I THINK WE DESERVE THIS HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT. I THINK NOW IS A PRETTY GOOD TIME TO START THIS UP AND IT’S PRETTY EXCITING SINCE IT’S MY FRESHMAN YEAR AND I CAN START IT FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND HOPEFULLY DO IT ALL FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL. THIS YEAR.. WEST VIGO’S ANNALYSE DOOLEY … AND FEMALE WRESTLERS ACROSS INDIANA ALL HAVE THE CHANCE TO EARN A STATE TITLE.. IT’S NOT AN I-H- S-A-A SANCTIONED EVENT, BUT IT’S AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP.. AND THESE VIGO COUNTY WRESTLERS ARE READY FOR THEIR SHOT AT A FIRST EVER GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.. I’M NERVOUS, BUT I’M REALLY EXCITED. I HAVE HIGH CONFIDENCE THAT I’M GOING TO DO REALLY WELL. I’VE BEEN COMING IN EVERY MORNING AND LOSING CARBS AND CALORIES AND I JUST AM TRYING MY BEST TO TRAIN FOR THIS FRIDAY AND DO MY BEST. HOPEFULLY GET FIRST. LAST WEEK.. MORE THAN 100 WRESTLERS PARTICIPATED IN THE GIRLS REGIONALS.. A TESTAMENT TO A RISING TREND IT KIND OF SURPRISED ME TO SEE HOW MANY GIRLS WERE THERE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT KIND OF DIDN’T, BECAUSE IT’S GROWN TO A HUGE THING FOR GIRLS TO WRESTLE NOW. VIRGINIA GRAF HOPES SHE CAN HELP CONTRIBUTE TO THE SPORTS GROWTH.. I THINK I’M GOING TO CHANGE GIRLS’ MINDS ABOUT HEY THERE’S A GIRL WRESTLING. MAYBE I SHOULD TRY IT. ALL THREE OF THESE GIRLS HOPE TO BRING BACK A TROPHY AND MAKE HISTORY IN THE PROCESS. IN VIGO COUNTY. CASEY MILLER. SPORTS 10. THE GIRLS WRESTLING STATE FINALS WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL. THAT DOES IT FOR SPORTS, THE NEWS WILL BE RIGHT BACK…

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