2012-03-15 / Sports

Roscommon girl wrestlers heading to first tourney Sunday

By Thomas Reznich


READY TO RUMBLE Female members of the Roscommon High School Wrestling team will travel to Standish-Sterling Central High School Sunday to compete in the 10th annual Great Lakes United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) Wrestling Championships. It will be the athletes’ first high school competition against female opponents. Pictured (left to right) are Sarah Lewis, Amanda Dewitt, Tessa Richards and Leah Lewis. Not pictured are Emily Gaberdiel and Harmony Emery. (TRP) READY TO RUMBLE Female members of the Roscommon High School Wrestling team will travel to Standish-Sterling Central High School Sunday to compete in the 10th annual Great Lakes United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) Wrestling Championships. It will be the athletes’ first high school competition against female opponents. Pictured (left to right) are Sarah Lewis, Amanda Dewitt, Tessa Richards and Leah Lewis. Not pictured are Emily Gaberdiel and Harmony Emery. (TRP) After helping Roscommon win a 13th straight District Wrestling Title and make a fourth consecutive trip to the Team State, six female team members of the RHS wrestling team are about to get a chance to shine against other female competitors.

Seniors Amanda Dewitt and Emily Gaberdiel, junior Harmony Emery, sophomore Tessa Richards and freshmen Sarah and Leah Lewis will travel to Standish-Sterling Central High School where they will compete in the 10th annual Great Lakes United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA) Wrestling Championships on Sunday.


KEEPING SHARP (Left to right) Roscommon wrestling Coach Ron Noreyko works with sophomore Tessa Richards Monday after school as she trained for Sunday’s Tournament. Richards said she wrestled in the Roscommon Youth Wrestling program “and I was really good.” She said she decided to try out the high school version of the sport first because she likes it, and also because “it proves that a girl can compete with a guy.” Sunday will be her first competition against high school level girls. (TRP) KEEPING SHARP (Left to right) Roscommon wrestling Coach Ron Noreyko works with sophomore Tessa Richards Monday after school as she trained for Sunday’s Tournament. Richards said she wrestled in the Roscommon Youth Wrestling program “and I was really good.” She said she decided to try out the high school version of the sport first because she likes it, and also because “it proves that a girl can compete with a guy.” Sunday will be her first competition against high school level girls. (TRP) “Amanda stepped up for us at 103 pounds all season,” said Roscommon wrestling Coach Ron Noreyko, including a key win on the mat at the District Tournament in Grayling. He said that Gaberdiel also filled an important role when 119-pound senior Dustin Noreyko was sidelined with an injury for much of the season.

Noreyko said the top four winners in each weight class at the tournament qualify for more advanced tournaments later in the season, and that with wrestlers from all over the region attending, there is the possibility that the Roscommon girls could “get picked up by a dual team” who they can wrestle with throughout the summer.

“It will be really weird to wrestle against girls,” said Dewitt, who said the difference will lie in wrestling against athletes with similar attitudes and strength levels. “They’ll be just as fast and flexible as we are,” she said.

“Girls will be nastier,” said Leah Lewis, who added that she expects the competition to be tougher than wrestling against boys, who she said often “try not to hurt us.”

“We’re all at the same level,” said Sarah Lewis, “I think we’re all excited about it.”

Wrestling at Sunday’s tournament begins at 10 a.m.

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