Subway Scholar Athlete - Mariela Galvan

Chico High female wrestler pins down Scholar Athlete honor.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 8:38 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 9:04 PM

Wednesday night was historic in Butte County! The first-ever all-girls wrestling match took place at Chico High School. Action News Now's Ross Field explains how our Subway Scholar Athlete is finding inspiration both on and off the mat.

Chico High School head wrestling coach Keith Rollins has had female wrestlers before, but not like this year.

"We had one girl, then another girl ,then another girl, we're up to fifteen girls right now," said Rollins.

He knew it was time to start a squad.

"It's really neat to see their dedication and their hard work. They're doing everything the boys are doing, if not more," said Rollins.

His girls are tough, but the toughest might be Mariela Galvan.

"I really like it (wrestling)," Galvan said.

The sophomore started in middle school.

"I knew I was tough, and I wanted to do something with that," said Galvan.

"She's"extremely focused and she's got great technique," added Rollins.

On Wednesday night, Galvan pinned her opponent in the first round.

"When the refs hand he hit the mat, I was like 'ooohhh,'" Galvan said.

But, what really motivates Galvan is not getting pins, it's watching her mom fight her own battle.

"My mom has breast cancer and it's really hard on the family.. She wanted to tell everybody how I did," said Galvan.

"To see her pin her opponent, it gave me shivers. I almost teared up for a moment," added Rollins.

Galvan's mother's battle is teaching the honor roll student lessons she can use on and off the mat.

"It teaches me to not give up and how to be a better person," said Galvan.

"She's just so well-rounded in so many ways," added Rollins.

And Mariela has a message for young girls watching.

"I think more girls should do it, it's a lot fun and a lot of people think that it's a boys-dominated sport but it's just wrestling," said Galvan.

Ross Field asks, "How much time and energy are you putting into this? 

"A lot of time and energy," responds Galvan.

And she's hoping all that time and energy translates to success at the state level. 

"I want to qualify for Masters and then hopefully qualify for State," said Galvan.

You know, a proud mom will be watching every step of the way.

She's Chico High's Mariela Galvan, our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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