Player of the Week goes to female varsity wrestler

76409_433596276694046_718206485_nWho said wrestling was only for boys? It’s not. Senior Shannah Toce had proved all the nay-sayers wrong. Toce wrestles here at South Pointe High School as the only girl on the varsity wrestling team.

At five feet, four inches, Toce wrestles in the weight class of 120 and with a record of 0-1, her season has just begun.

Even as a female wrestler, Toce still has to dress with a singlet and of course, a sports bra. There is no special treatment for her because of her gender.

“It makes me feel tough,” Toce said. With her “go for it” attitude and wanting to be a great female wrestler, nothing could stand in the way for her bright future in the next level. What is the reason for this? “I knew it was not going to be easy, and anything worth working for would not be easy,” Toce said.

The way she got into wrestling is simple: she was angry. She knew wrestling would help her get some of that pent-up anger out in a civilized way. The reasons Toce gave for pursuing the sport are: learning the mentality of the sport, it teaches her a lot, it’s a challenge, and she feels like that is where her heart is and it’s where she belongs.

Toce says she is not treated any differently than her fellow boy wrestlers, because she is expected to do the same as the boys. “I feel like I am one of the boys,” she said. She would not want to be treated any differently, thanks to her ambition to be the best.

One of the varsity wrestling captains, Cameron Pike says that he thinks it’s cool to have all genders in an mostly male dominant sport. “She is a hard worker and she is dedicated,” stated another varsity wrestling captain, Charlie Keesee.

Do these wrestlers get distracted by having a female participant in their all male habitat? “No, because I am there to get better,” answered Pike.

Other people’s opinions do not bother this goal driven young lady. “I know why I wrestle, and there is no use in paying attention to what “they” think,” she said. She will not let anyone or anything get in her way to the top.

Wrestling coach Eddie Cook says that with women’s wrestling growing and being an Olympic sport, it is good that Toce is interested. The thing that will probably hurt her the most is her age and starting late. “We are in a rush to get her name out and be picked up by a college and she needs to do a lot of off-season wrestling,” Cook said.

Toce is not looking at any specific colleges. “They have so many girl wrestling scholarships, but not any girl wrestlers,” said Toce. She is hoping she is one of the lucky female wrestlers to receive one.

Shannah stated that she wants to put 100% in everything she does this year. She will be leaving South Pointe working towards a wrestling scholarship to any college that would offer her one and with no regrets about her decisions.

By Rileigh Glagow, reporter