First all girls wrestling tourney in Reno church
The only two girls in the South Tahoe Wrestling Club competed in the first all-girls wrestling tournament in the state of Nevada Feb. 9 at the Sierra Morning Star Athletic Club in Reno.
Twelve-year-olds Allyssa Little and Tori Achari wrestled their way to first- place medals.
Achari wrestled in the 115.1-120 pound weight class against Little, who qualified in the 130.1-135 pound weight class.
Achari received a medal for first place in her weight class as the only competitor. Little took two medals for her weight class and age group, her mother Tami Wallace said.
This was the first wrestling tournament for Achari, but this was nothing new for Little.
“Two years ago, when she was less of a young lady, Allyssa took sixth,” in the 2000 state tournament where she had to wrestle boys, Wallace said.
Little learned wrestling by playing with her three brothers, who also wrestle — the oldest for South Tahoe High School.
Little’s parents Duane and Tami Wallace agree that wrestling boys is not in Allyssa’s best interest, so they were thrilled that the opportunity to compete against other girls was available.
“We don’t feel like it’s appropriate,” Wallace said of her daughter wrestling with boys. “Boys are stronger than girls in certain ways … I don’t want her to get hurt either.”
Wallace feels it’s becoming more “prevalent” for girls to wrestle, and that there will be more girls tournaments in the future.
She said about 20 girls gathered from around northern Nevada to wrestle at Sierra Morning Athletic Club, which usually serves as a church.
The youngest wrestlers were 5 years old, she said.