Athlete of the Week | Abbie Lynman | Wrestling

What makes your sport special and different? 

I think something that makes wrestling special is the family you build through the sport. While you’re wrestling, it’s individual, but surrounding your mat is all the people you’ve worked with all season supporting you. It’s really big to have people around you cheering you on. 

Do you think more people should get into the sport?

I think it would be awesome to get more girls into the sport. If we had an entire girls team we could set up duals for both girls and boys. 

What motivates you to do better? 

I’d say my teammates. We all push each other to our best abilities, and seeing a teammate win makes you want to go out and secure another win for the team. 

What has been a highlight for you so far this season?

A highlight for me personally this year was placing 4th at the girls state tournament. Considering it was my first year, I beat some girls that have been wrestling for years, which helped my mental state in knowing I was seeing the results of how much work I put in. 

What’s the most rewarding thing about your sport? 

I think the most rewarding thing is the people. Like I’ve said in all these questions, having a team is so beneficial. I feel as though I gained an entire room of brothers. 

Who has been particularly influential in helping your growth in this sport?

I would say the most influential person would be my stepdad because he always asks how my practices go, if I think I need to work on something he’s always willing to pull up film and watch it with me.

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