Most gender complementarians won’t be happy to see news stories such as this one.
Complementarians will be unhappy to see such stories, because all women are supposedly designed by God – they teach – to be frail, helpless little waifs who need men to protect them.
This girl is also not staying confined to her complementarian- approved box – which would include, but is not limited to, doing nothing but baby-sitting kids, cleaning bathrooms, and baking cookies, and engaging in other acceptable- to- complementarians “feminine” pursuits – but stepping outside of it.
LYNBROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A high school wrestler on Long Island fought extra hard to get on the team, and is now proving to be just as tough as the rest of them on the mat — even better.
As CBS2’s Reena Roy reported, she’s been the talk of the town and made history as the only girl on her all boys wrestling team.
Ally Fitzgerald is also the first female to ever win a boys high school tournament on Long Island.
“A lot of people don’t like losing to a girl, so they try to use tactics like, ‘oh this is gonna be easy, oh she’s not good, and making fun of me and pointing, laughing,” she said. “I can’t focus on that, I focus on me.”
With laser sharp focus she proves them wrong again and again.
At just 5 feet tall and 100 lbs, the Lynbrook High School freshman has found the perfect way to do it.
“Now getting older, some of the boys are getting stronger, so I have to focus on my technique and beat them with my technique,” she said.
Coach Richie Renz said it’s working.
“First girl I’ve coached in the 30 years I’ve been coaching varsity wrestling. Her skills are above average and when you see her wrestle you can tell she’s technically sound,” he said.
by Gregg Sarra
Ally Fitzgerald of Lynbrook became the first female to win a sanctioned high school wrestling tournament on Long Island.
She used a cradle to pin her Farmingdale opponent at 3 minutes, 11 seconds of the second period to capture the 99-pound weight class Saturday night at the South Side wrestling tournament.
“The gym erupted, went simply crazy, when she pinned her opponent,” said Lynbrook coach Rich Renz. “It was an unbelievable moment in high school sports. It was amazing. I knew she was good, but she’s only a freshman and not as strong as some of the boys — or so I thought.”
Fitzgerald, who won four bouts, including three by fall, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament. The 14-year-old said she’ll never forget the atmosphere and the reaction of the crowd.
… “She came into our KID wrestling program when she was in the third grade and there was something special about the way she handled herself,” said Hilary Becker, who’s run the youth program for the past 40 years. “And now she’s been all over the country wrestling. She has a strong jiujitsu foundation and she’s super strong. She was totally aware of what was going on around her and responded so well to it.”
…“I was floored by the announcement that she was the first girl to ever win a tournament. It was the most amazing feeling for a parent, so proud.” [said her mother, Rebecca Fitzgerald]
Fitzgerald is no stranger to winning. She was undefeated in the seventh and eighth grades at Lynbrook South Middle School. She impressed classmates and teachers in the eighth when she set the school record for consecutive pushups with 110.
“Ally broke the school record by two pushups.” Becker said. “She’s super strong.”
…Ramirez said the news of Fitzgerald’s victory spread quickly throughout the wrestling community.
“I’m not surprised that a girl won and its big news,” he said. “We’ve promoted the sport for girls and we’ve seen exponential growth this season in the number of girls participating. We are seeing a surge in girls interested in the sport especially since it was added to the Olympics. And the girls are starting at a younger age and the technique is improving.”