Girl Power Reigns In Wrestling - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Girl Power Reigns In Wrestling

Posted: Updated:
North Bergen, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Wrestling is a male dominated sport but Amanda Pace doesn't allow that stereotype to hold her back. This 10 year old, North Bergen, New Jersey resident won the wrestling national championship for girls. Pace won all three of her matches even pinning her opponents no longer than the second round and no one scored more than two points on her. Amanda gave a little insight on her match winning strategy.

“My usual game plan is to work more bottoms, but I can’t really do that so I tuck and roll,” Pace said.

North Bergen Junior Bruins’ wrestling coach and Amanda’s mentor, Idaldo Gonzalez even offered a little advice to Tamara before she squared off with the 82-pound national camp.

“Wrestling Amanda, I ask you to pray,” he said.

What’s most exceptional is that Amanda is a female wrestler in a male wrestling world. Female wrestling is gaining attraction but it not very well-known. Not many girls are competing. Since the 1970’s, girls have faced an uphill battle when it comes to participation numbers in school sports, however, the number of women wrestlers has improved. In 1994 only 794 girls wrestled, now about 8727 girls compete in high school wrestling nationally.

Gonzalez reminisced about Pace’s first steps into wrestling.

“When Amanda first wanted to wrestle we told her, you know you’re a girl in a boys sports we’re not going to treat you any differently. And her response was ‘I don’t want to be treated any differently’,” Gonzalez said.

Amanda also offered up some advice for any girls her age looking to give this “boys sport” a shot.

“Try it and if they don’t like it then the sports not for them, because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to do this,” Pace stated.

Although Tamara did not win any match against Amanda, she felt like a champion by just giving female wrestling a chance! That is until Amanda asked for her medals back.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Are Bergen County Streets The Place For A Military Vehicle?

    Are Bergen County Streets The Place For A Military Vehicle?

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:10:36 GMT
    The Bergen County Sheriff’s department is getting an MRAP, or a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, for their department next month. These vehicles are currently used in Iraq and Afghanistan and its drawn a lot of controversy in Bergen County recently. The county executive doesn't want one. She says these are war vehicles and have no place here.
    The Bergen County Sheriff’s department is getting an MRAP, or a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, for their department next month. These vehicles are currently used in Iraq and Afghanistan and its drawn a lot of controversy in Bergen County recently. The county executive doesn't want one. She says these are war vehicles and have no place here.
  • Christie Talks Pension Reform Amid Singing Protestors

    Christie Talks Pension Reform Amid Singing Protestors

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:04:37 GMT
    Governor Christie was in Belmar yesterday for his latest stop on his “No Pain, No Gain summer conversation tour” and rather than talking exclusively about pension reform, the governor instead opened up talking about bail reform.
    Governor Christie was in Belmar yesterday for his latest stop on his “No Pain, No Gain summer conversation tour” and rather than talking exclusively about pension reform, the governor instead opened up talking about bail reform.
  • Atlantic City’s Struggling Casino Industry

    Atlantic City’s Struggling Casino Industry

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:02:05 GMT
    Atlantic City has been struggling. The Showboat and Trump Plaza Casinos are both scheduled to close next month and Mayor Don Guardian says that the city needs to figure out a way to change things if it wants to survive, but he said it’s not dead yet! “So Atlantic City may be 15 years after Vegas and I realized that it’s not all about casinos, it’s about the overall experience of coming to resorts,” he said.
    Atlantic City has been struggling. The Showboat and Trump Plaza Casinos are both scheduled to close next month and Mayor Don Guardian says that the city needs to figure out a way to change things if it wants to survive, but he said it’s not dead yet! “So Atlantic City may be 15 years after Vegas and I realized that it’s not all about casinos, it’s about the overall experience of coming to resorts,” he said.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices