The pound bout between Gavares and Duffy, which Gavares won by technical fall as time expired at the end of the third period on Wednesday night, is believed to be the first all-girl bout to take place during a Greater Middlesex Conference regular-season dual meet. She was one of the top kids wrestling in our summer program. She did not wrestle until her eighth grade year, but spent the past seven years competing in mixed martial arts, a sport with transferable skills. When she was wrestling Kaleigh the other night, she was getting more and more loose and comfortable.
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By Kirsten Fleming. February 27, pm Updated February 27, pm. Jessi Johnson started wrestling in the seventh grade, competing against the boys in her New Jersey schools. Now the year-old Manalapan H. Now, without having to dominate their male peers, what used to be a distant dream is finally in sight.
Gavares and Duffy make history with first all-girl bout in GMC boys wrestling dual meet
As the fastest growing sport in the US, wrestling is attracting new females to the sport. States are beginning to follow the lead of examples like California, Texas, Hawaii, and Tennessee and are sanctioning wrestling in order to have all-girls teams. However, this still means many girls across the US who want to wrestle must compete against the boys. This poses a challenge for the athlete, the parents, and the coaches. I was very fortunate growing up and competing in California during an era where the state was pushing for all-girls competition, and I was rarely the only girl on my team.
At pounds, the year-old is slim, quick and athletic. On the mat in her navy blue wrestling singlet, she is tough and focused. That Saturday, Zelasky and 17 other girls took to the mat.