HILDALE (News4Utah) – This is the first year Hildale’s public high school has offered wrestling, and it’s a very unique wrestling team.
“1,2,3 Wildcats!” shouts the team of nine.
“We didn’t know exactly what kids would come out, and we ended up having eight girls and one boy,” said Jack Eves the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of Water Canyon High School.
“I’ve only wrestled against guys,” said wrestler Breann Steed.
Of the eight female wrestlers that make up the Water Canyon High School Team, many were once FLDS.
“Before we just sewed, or canned peaches, we just couldn’t really talk to boys or look at them, and now we’re wrestling them,” said wrestler Celesta Barlow.
“It’s kind of an awesome experience to see the excitement … to have an opportunity to do something they’ve never had a chance to do before,” said Eves.
“It’s adrenaline, and like exciting, and if I pin this person then I get my hand raised and that’s the best feeling ever,” said wrestler Merci Jessop.
But not everyone is happy with the almost-all girls team. Some boys have forfeited matches refusing to wrestle a girl.
But if you ask Ronald Barlow – the only male on the team if he’s ever had to stand up for his fellow teammates – he doesn’t seem too concerned.
” I think they do a pretty good job taking care of themselves,” said Barlow.
And to those naysayers who don’t believe girls should wrestle against boys: “If you think that, then that’s your opinion. I’m not going to stop wrestling just because of your opinion,” said Steed.