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Virginia Female Head Wrestling Coach Breaking Barriers for her Team

By WUSA on January 17, 2020 wrestling article Print

From WUSA9:

Women's wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. But in Virginia, girl's high school wrestling is still not considered to be a sanctioned sport. 

Now, one local high school coach wants to change that.

At Falls Church High School in Fairfax County, there are currently eight girls who compete on the girl's wrestling team. This is the largest group of women wrestlers in the school's history. The program continues to grow in part because of the head coach who is making history of her own.

Warry Bonney is one of the first female high school head wrestling coaches in Virginia. 

"I tell all of my wrestlers every day that you can do anything. There will be things in your way that may stop you or get you down but persistence and hard work pays off," Bonney said.

Bonney said her persistence started in elementary school when she followed in her brother's footsteps and signed up for wrestling. In high school, she was the only girl on the team and one of only a handful of women wrestlers in the region. 

"I always had encouragement around me but that did not mean there were not times when people did not want to wrestle so they would forfeit against me or say demeaning things," Bonney said.

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