Roscommon girl wrestlers heading to first tourney Sunday
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.
“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.