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Girls wrestling is growing in California

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 12:07 AM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 12:10 AM

ORLAND, Calif. -- Wrestling is an unlikely sport for a girl. 

"I have no idea [why I like it]," laughed sophomore wrestler Megan Stottsberry. "I like it. I don’t know. Like somedays I hate it and somedays I just know it’s making me better as a person and a wrestler.”

"My step dad got my brothers into it and I would watch them and I actually wanted to play football, but I couldn’t so they let me wrestle," said senior wrestler Madison Fonseca. 

Fonseca, Stottsberry and many other girls would wrestle in boy duals while growing up due to the lack of girl participation. Until they started to compete at Orland High. 

"This is actually the only team I have been on that there’s more than two girls and I have been on several teams," said Stotteberry. 

The Trojans fill 10 of its 14 weight classes and is dominating in most of them. The girls team is ranked No. 23 in the nation with two girls No. 1 [Jennifer Soto] and No. 4 [Fonseca] in the state. 

“We’re constantly working hard every day and pushing ourselves, and challenging ourselves," said Fonseca. With every loss, we learned something and we bring it back into this room and it pushes us to win the next match." 

Just last week the team pinned down hundreds of team when they won back-to-back tournaments. 

They hope that by their dominance they can inspire more girls to hit the mat.

“I think they’re just helping by placing in these high tournaments. Us going there as a team, a little small town and placing in these big tournaments, and everybody’s just wondering where these girls are coming from," said head coach Andy Ramirez.

As girls grappling grows, so does the opportunities at the next level, and that's what these Trojans are chasing. 

There’s a potential future now, like there’s so many scholarships available, so many opportunities,” said Strottsberry. 

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