It appears that one thing is clear from the showing of Washington County wrestlers at the TSSAA state tournament over the weekend in Franklin. Dont mess with the females.
Daniel Boone freshman Isabella Badon won first place in the 112-pound division, while David Crockett senior Tiny Shipley won third place in 105 for the second straight year and Crockett sophomore Paige Snapp finished in fifth place at 138.
Shipley became the first back-to-back medalist for Washington County since Gary Weese in 1979 and 1980.
I know with this being my senior year and it being my last year, I wanted to make the most of it, Shipley said. Making it down there and spending time with my team was an honor within itself.
And even though the senior didnt go out with the top spot, she was happy that two of her friends were able to have success.
A lot of the girls wrestlers they get close, Shipley said. This is the second year that girls wrestling is a sanctioned sport, so everybody that wrestles is a family.
That family earned a state champion in Badon, who won the match by pinning Emma Allsbrooks of Montgomery Central with under 20 seconds remaining in the match.
Its just an amazing feeling, she said of winning the state championship. Once you finally get to that point and you finally achieve your goal, it just feels great.
This was Badons first year of wrestling all girls during her school season, as in middle school the girls and boys wrestle coed. But, the freshman said that wrestling boys helped her become a better wrestler.
It helped me because it made me tougher to where I could wrestle longer and last, Badon said. In most of my matches, I was able to break down the girls.