A female wrestler has made history in America for becoming the first woman to win a high school championship in her state.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association revealed on its website that Heaven Fitch became the first girl to win one of the association’s individual state wrestling championships. She won the 106lbs (48kg) category on Saturday.
Fitch had a record of 54-4 for the season and won ‘most outstanding wrestler’ in her division. “I’m just really overwhelmed … It’s like insane what I’ve done, it’s not fully sunken in yet,” she said.
Fitch was victorious in an eight-person competition – which included seven male wrestlers. Just last year, she became the first female wrestler to compete, placing fourth in her division.
Fitch found her interest in wrestling after watching her older brothers compete, and also found herself battling with them when she was younger. She told how she had to convince her parents to allow her to wrestle.
“I nagged my parents, basically, because I wanted to do what my brothers did.”
“They didn’t want me to wrestle. I’m pretty sure it was because they didn’t want me to get hurt. But I would just be like, ‘Well, if they can do it, then I should be able to do it.’”
Speaking of her victory on Saturday, she said: “I just wrestled my best, and I kind of dominated the match, if I’m being honest.”