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Finding Myself on the Mat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

     “Why would you want to wrestle? Weren’t you scared?” These are two of the many questions I’m asked when people find out I am the only female on my high-school wrestling team. Many comment that they would never have the guts to be a wrestler, let alone be the only girl. The fact is that once my mind is set on something, I am determined. I knew there would be those who would frown on a girl participating in “a man’s sport,” but I did not worry because I know I had made a good decision.

The idea of wrestling never occurred to me until seventh grade when I was faced with the choice of creating a dance routine or wrestling. Dancing in gym class was a little more girly than I could handle, so I chose wrestling and immediately fell in love. As it turns out, joining the wrestling team has been one of the best decisions of my life.

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