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I started wrestling when I was 9 years old. I did not go out looking for the sport. It found me.  When we moved from the city to the suburbs, my younger brother joined the wrestling team. He was 8 years old and 36 pounds. He was the smallest kid on the team. He did not have any partners so every day after practice, he would come home and practice the moves on me because I was closer to his weight. After a couple of weeks of doubling up on practices – going to actual practice, then coming home and practicing on me – he asked my dad if I could just come to practice with him. My dad hadn’t noticed any girls in the room or at any local tournaments, but he couldn’t see why it would be a problem. The next day, he asked the coach if his daughter could join the team. The coach was taken aback but said “I don’t see why not!” I never looked back. The second I walked into my first official practice, much different than the practices in our living room, I knew it wrestling was meant for me and I was meant for wrestling. It ignited an Olympic Dream in me that came true in August 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

Career Accomplishments

  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member
  • Ninth in 2016 Olympic Games
  • Second in 1st World Olympic Qualifier (Mongolia)
  • Second in 2013 and 2016 U.S. Open
  • 2016 University Nationals champion
  • 2011 Cadet World champion
  • Two-time U.S. Junior World Team member
  • Third in 2014 Pan American Championships
  • Three-time WCWA college nationals champion for King Univ.
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