Female Greco-Roman Wrestling

by jhwygirl

One very impressive Hellgate junior that I know informed me yesterday that he’s taken up wrestling for the winter, after yet another year of yet another successful season running cross country. Wrestling was probably my favorite sport – spectator sports – in high school. The impressive Hellgate junior also mentioned there were a number of girls on the team.

Girls on the wrestling team, I asked? Yep, he replied, rather non-plussed. I guess I’m behind the times.

Lo and behold, what’s the Missoulian’s Keila Szpaller writing about for today’s paper? Female wresting.

All very interesting stuff, Spzaller profiles a Big Sky High School alumni who now wrestles collegiate for the women’s team at Northern Michigan University. Her goal is the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

I always thought wrestling was interesting. It’s not really just purely a match of strength. A wrestler’s gotta have a strategy and he’s they’ve got to be able to adjust that strategy during the match. Chess with muscles, as it were.

As for the women on the Hellgate team? One of ’em, I hear, is nearly unbeatable.

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  1. problembear

    our niece lilly over in seattle was an excellent pitcher (hardball) all the way through little league up to her sophomore year (JV) her father worked with her from the age of 9 on her delivery. she had up to 85mph stuff with movement. intimidated a lot of the boys on the mound in most of her games. got lots of strikeouts. won most of her games.

    she’s out of sports now and doing well in college but she is very proud of her pitching success.

    all it takes is the will to learn and someone to teach them.

  2. JC

    My daughter competed in her mid/early and pre-teens in judo, often having to go up against boys in uni-sex divisions. There weren’t enough girls competing to have their own brackets.

    And she won some trophies–both local and nw regional for her efforts. I remember one poor 12 year-old boy who was scared enough to barf all over himself before he had to come out on the mat against her. It was quite… humorous. And gross. ;-)

    She hasn’t competed since she had a tbi in a car accident, but still works out with a college club. I often credit her judo training (with its emphasis on how to fall without getting crippled) with helping her survive getting thrown out of a car and hitting the pavement at highway speed.




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