Inaugural Northside Methodist wrestling team features six female wrestlers

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 6:40 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Six Northside Methodist Academy girls are making history as members of the school’s first ever wrestling team.

“Making Northside history and then like Dothan history really because it’s the first girls bigger team in the Wiregrass area, it’s a lot to take in,” said senior Morgan Kelly.

“I’m happy that I get to be able to be a part of it and show that it’s not just a sport for males,” said sophomore Tristin Robinson.

The ladies have competed in multiple matches, mostly against female opponents. However, some have squared off against the guys which they don’t mind.

“I’ve had some who were relentless and didn’t take it easy at all,” said senior Kara Whitehead. “But then one guy, he was actually kind of like gentlemen like with it.”

“It’s harder because they’re a little bit more tougher, but if you win against them it feels a lot better,” said seventh grader Sydney Freeman.

While wrestling may be a male dominant sport these girls have been embraced by their teammates.

“We all just treat each other as like one team,” said Whitehead. “We don’t really see a gender difference.”

It’s been a learning experience as people are still getting used to seeing female wrestlers especially in the Wiregrass.

“Every time I tell people that I wrestle they’re always so shocked,” said Whitehead. “Like, their mouth always drops, just because it’s not really a girl sport.”

“Whenever we go to a match we get some looks especially when there’s no girls on a team,” said Kelly.

As the first female wrestlers at Northside, here’s their message to other girls.

“Don’t be scared. Don’t be hesitant,” said senior Megan Chandler. “If you enjoy it and your friends see that you enjoy it maybe they’ll join the next year.”

“I would definitely encourage any young girl or young guy to join wrestling,” said Whitehead.

As their first season comes to an end, the girls are looking forward to seeing not only the Knights wrestling program grow but female wrestling throughout the state.

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