I have three children who all grew up wrestling. I have sat mat-side for 17 years now and my youngest is a senior in high school. With the recent senior night for the last home match I realize I will miss the constant vigil.
When my two boys wanted to wrestle it only seemed natural. They came from a long line of wrestling uncles and cousins. We encouraged and supported their drive and went to every meet we could. It wasn't so easy when our youngest came home from school and said she wanted to wrestle too.
When Katie came home from school in the sixth grade and stated that she wanted to join the wrestling team, we said, "No way, you're a girl and this sport is just too hard."
We knew what it took to wrestle and well, she was a girl! We finally consented after the coach and principal said we should let her try. That was seven wrestling seasons ago. For the last four years she has been on her high school
boys varsity squad for 119 to 126 lb. weight class! Oregon does not have all-girl wrestling teams in the schools.
Katie has had many obstacles to overcome being a girl in a male-dominant sport. Against the boys she loses more than she wins but never lets that beat her down. Every time she walks onto the mat she believes she can win. She has had some major victories too.
In 2011 she competed at a prestigious invitational tournament with her team and took 1st place! This year her goal was to make it to boys state.
She was just one place away from it in 2011.
Katie also wrestles girls, and she knows that wrestling the boys has made her one of the top girl wrestlers in the nation. Katie has been recruited by Oklahoma City University. It is the top girls wrestling team in the nation for the last four years!
All of the long days and weekends have been worth it.
I am proud to say that I am a Wrestling Mom!!
--- Sherri Eddy