Girl’s Wrestling Growing at RMHS

Girls Wrestling Growing at RMHS

Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports at the scholastic and collegiate levels. In fact, there has been a tremendous increase in the last few years. In 2018-2019, there were 21,124 participants, an increase of 4,562 from the year prior to 2018. 

The growth of women’s wrestling has been impactful and important at Rolling Meadows High School. Coach Bassler, head coach of the school’s wrestling team, gave input on what factors he thinks helped encourage this growth that has been so impactful in the last few years. 

“I think the popularity of MMA and female athletes like Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Paige Vanzant helps more and more female athletes have positive role models to follow,” Bassler said. 

This tells us the significant impact these women have had on ordinary girls, many of which are on RMHS’s team.

Bassler also indicated how much of a confident booster this sport can be and the impotence of the lessons it teaches you. Many young women join for the thrill of the win, something not so easy to accomplish in such a hard sport as wrestling. 

“There are many positives to joining wrestling that we can share: best shape of your life, learn a combat sport and defend yourself, have fun, learn how to be disciplined, have a room full of girls and boys that have your back, improve your grades and connectedness to the school,” he said.  

On a side note, wrestling is much more than just a win. As much as it feels good to win, as a girl on the team and with Mr. Bassler as my coach, we can say the mental toughness is the best part. It is pivotal in what makes this such a fast growing sport. Additionally, there is emphasis on the family and friendships that come out of joining a sport in general. 

Girls wrestling is seen as more than just a movement; it can also be considered a lifestyle that teaches you great values about life in general. It has become something very important at RMHS and will continue to become more important as it gains popularity. 

The women’s wrestling team at RMHS will only become bigger and better as more incoming women come and check it out. It’s a great way to challenge yourself, and not just physically, but mentally as well. It teaches about resilience.

Currently the team has about 4 or 5 girls and can’t wait to welcome many more.

Alicia Atencio, a pioneer on the girls team and a wrestler who recently graduated, and left plenty of examples to pass down.  

“I am looking forward to coaching some new wrestlers that have already signed up and hopefully recruiting many more,” Bassler said.  Any girl interested in joining, feel free to contact Coach Bassler, or myself, Ziza Sanchez for more information!