A female teen from North Carolina has recently broken records by becoming the first girl ever to winning a state championship in wrestling.
Heaven Fitch, a junior from Uwharrie Charter School has been wrestling since she was six due to her brother’s influence. She was a complete natural as her wrestling record was at a stellar 54 wins and only 4 losses. She competed in the 106-pound weight class. She won the final match with a score of 11-3.
When asked about her thought on the win, she answered, “I’m just very overwhelmed...It’s like insane what I’ve done, it’s not fully sunken in yet.”
She is coached by Chris Waddell, who has been her coach for the past 2 years. He has called her the most talented student he had ever coached. His nickname for her is “unicorn” because she is one of a kind.
Since there are not enough girls wrestling in high schools, many states do not have a separate female division, therefore, Heaven competed with mostly boys. She was the only girl standing on the podium and the only one with a medal.
What a breakthrough for women in sports!
Sources: BBC, CNN, wset.com