Wausau West senior Rachel Trevino is breaking the stereotype.
“Just because I’m a girl in a male dominated sport, doesn’t mean I can’t be a female that dominates in it,” Trevino said.
In wrestling, confidence is key.
“They’re like ‘girls can wrestle? I didn’t even know that.’ I was like, well of course they can–they can do whatever they want to do,” Trevino said.
She’s the first girl to make the varsity wrestling team at Wausau West as a Freshman.
“When I got to high school, I realized how much stronger the guys are than me, so then realized I have to change that,” Trevino said.
She fought to prove she belonged.
“I just trained like crazy,” Trevino said.
That included 5 a.m. workouts three days a week, practice after school and tournaments every weekend.
“I learned I can do anything I put my mind to…to where now, I don’t think there is a guy at my weight class that is stronger than me,” Trevino said.
“As far as expectations and workouts, we hold her to all of the same standards and if we didn’t hold her to those standards, she would let us know and probably be angry with us,” Wausau West head coach Troy Fabry said.
Trevino not only holds her own against the guys, but she ranks No. 1 at 106 pounds in the first ever Wisconsin girls wrestling poll.
“It just shows that all the work I put in and time and effort, there is something to show for it,” Trevino said.
However, complacency is not an option for the senior.
“A lot of the times it’s a target on your back, but she’s one that having that [ranking], it kind of builds confidence,” Fabry said.
“The girls that are No. 2 and No. 3 are going to want my spot, so I need to keep working at it–keep working harder to keep No. 1,” Trevino said.
The best advice she can give to girls is be tough, be aggressive and work harder than anyone else in the room.