These Latinas Make History As First Girls To Place At Wrestling State Championship
Picture via Denver Post: Jasslyn celebrates her victory n the Colorado State Wrestling Championships
Two Latinas become first girls to ever place at Colorado State Wrestling Championships in 80-year history.
Yes, they wrestled - and beat - boys to get to the podium.
Senior Jasslyn Gallegos and junior Angel Rios became the first girls in the state's wrestling history to place in a tournament.
According to the Denver Post, both Jasslyn and Angel have been wrestling since childhood. Rios has four brothers, so, "Wrestling boys is normal to me; it's what I've done for the last 15 years."
Daniel Rios, Angel's father told the Post:
“She’s worked all her life for this, she’s put in the hours. I knew going into this sport that it was going to be tough for her. But we knew what she was going into.”
Junior Angel Rios holds back tears after beating Trevor Torrez during the Class 3A 106-pound semifinal
Jasslyn remembers when referees, "wouldn't call pins, wouldn't give points."
“Some of the refs, they felt bad for the boys," explained Jasslyn's dad Orlando.
But it's not like that anymore Jasslyn says:
“Now they kind of realize they can’t feel bad for the guys, because the girls work just as hard, if not harder."
Soon, there might be a wrestling program specifically for girls, but it won't be because they can't hold their own against the boys. If anything, it may be for the boys' sake.