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Competing as a Female in Male Dominant Sport

Wrestler Cora Hayes advances to state meet

Wrestling is a sport that has been dominated by males for centuries, yet females have started to make a name for themselves on the mat, especially in high school and college. At the forefront of this surge in Southlake is sophomore Cora Hayes, a varsity wrestler who has made an impact at various state and national competitions this season. As she continues to put in work on and off the mat, she is redefining what it means to be a female student athlete.

Hayes has been a wrestler since she was eight years old, but it hasn’t been easy in the slightest. 

“It’s very difficult,” Hayes said. “For wrestling it’s hard to find women in the sport and try to adapt to the general teachings from males, but it’s an amazing experience to feel like a strong woman.” 

With Hayes’ hard work and talent, she’s been turning heads, both from her fellow teammates and college scouts. 

“Wrestling against Cora is a challenge because she’s one of the best athletes on the team, but also one of the best teammates,” sophomore Grace Jose said. “She’s always been naturally talented at wrestling, but what stands out is her hard work and selflessness as a teammate, as she cheers on everyone and is there for every match or just there for people to improve their skills as a wrestler.” 

However, her biggest supporter along her journey cannot be overlooked: her mom.  

“I love watching her work so hard, because wrestling is not easy and not everyone comes out as a winner in the tournament,” Ms. Lyndee Hayes said. “It’s the most grueling sport, but it teaches you work ethic, how to use food as fuel, and character building. It’s also pretty fun to watch her kick butt and take names for women.” This just shows that Hayes is a key player in the slow, yet important balancing act of wrestling for all genders.

Hayes was recently named a UIL Regional Champion and advanced to the UIL 6A state wrestling tournament where she advanced to the consolation bracket and finished with an overall record of 2-2.

 

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Ben Randall, Dragon Sports Media
Ben Randall is a sophomore at Carroll Senior High School. He is heading into his second year as part of the Dragon Media team and is planning to be a sports anchor for KDGN broadcasts, as he will write his script in Dragon Media’s newest course, Dragon Sports Media. Ben hopes to attend the University of North Texas in either Jazz Studies or Sports Journalism. His dream is to be synonymous with either being a groundbreaking jazz musician or an iconic voice of any sport. Ben is an active member of Christ Alone Lutheran Church in Keller, Texas; as he ushers, sets up and takes down the equipment, and serves as a confirmed member of the church. When he’s not in the band bleachers on game day, he is either at home relaxing or anywhere around the Metroplex enjoying life with friends and family. His music taste is broad, but he mainly listens to artists such as Isaiah Rashad or the Beastie Boys. The environment and traditions of Carroll is why Ben has loved this district since the sixth grade.