Wrestling team goes co-ed

Jocelyn Vargas is one of the female members of the Duncan Middle School wrestling team. (Collin Sherrill)

Wrestling may usually be seen as a male sport, but Duncan Middle School has several girls participating in the sport this year.

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This year, eighth-graders Jocelyn Vargas and Nakalah Beard, and seventh-graders Carly Heath and Gracelyn Day joined the wrestling team this year, helping make DMS’s wrestling team co-ed.

Brenda Hurley supports girls in the wrestling program. (Collin Sherrill)

The girls wrestled at Saturday’s tournament at Lawton MacArthur. Many of the girls placed in the tournament, adding to the placings brought home by the team as a whole.

“The reason I wrestle is because my brother wrestles and he inspires me to wrestle,” Vargas said. “My favorite part of wrestling is going live and getting to play games.”

Last year, the wrestling team had no female members with the exception of team managers. Vargas said she likes being part of the team.

“My favorite game that we play is frogger,” Vargas said.

English teacher Brenda Hurley said she is a supporter for girls’ wrestling.

“I 100 percent support girls’ wrestling,” Hurley said. “I have always been a huge supporter of the girls who wrestle.”