February 25, am Updated February 26, pm. Mack Beggs, an year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — whom he beat for the title in — in the final match Saturday.
I'm a kid who goes to a catholic school, and I don't want to mistreat a girl. So I do not want to wrestle a girl, because I am a gentleman who respects females. I wrestle for my school, and I have to wrestle girls.
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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.
The way Judy Johnston tells it, she just happened to snatch the first open seat she saw near the floor of the gymnasium at Legend High School in Parker last month. Or that Angel, a junior pound wrestler at Valley High in Gilcrest, just happened to draw a matchup against her son, Brendan, a senior wrestler from The Classical Academy. Not now.
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On an unseasonably warm February morning in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as hundreds of elementary and middle school boys were grappling one another, 87 girls from 55 high schools found their way to the mats for North Carolina's first official high school girls' wrestling invitational contest. The state is one of many experiencing a boom in female wrestlers. For years, girls around the country were folded into boys' programs.
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.
In some ways, Skylar Hattendorf wrestling for Bow High is perfectly normal. She has been wrestling against boys for years, so being on a male-dominated team like the one at Bow is nothing new for Hattendorf, a freshman. Bow coach Brock Hoffman shares her confidence.