Tiffany Gerow prepares to wrestle during Monday night's match at Carolina High School. (Dec. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina0
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
While many choose the traditional path because it's less stressful, one Upstate student wanted to take the road less traveled because it's more interesting and takes hard work.
"Everybody says a girl's not supposed to wrestle, so I'm going to prove them wrong," said Carolina High School student Tiffany Gerow.
Gerow said she grew up with cousins who loved to wrestle, and she thought it would be fun to try out for her school's team along with two other girls. Yet, she was the only girl to make the team, surviving training sessions that tested her endurance and will.
"We had to do 500 jump ropes, 1 mile, 400 jump ropes, 1 mile, 300 jump ropes, 1 mile and you get where I'm going with this. It went all the way to 100 jump ropes and 5 miles," said Gerow.
While she hasn't won a match this season, she keeps improving, and was able to get through one period without getting pinned during a match this during the weekend. This is the first time she has played a competitive sport and is only in ninth grade.
"My coach looked me straight in the eye and it was one of those things," Gerow said. "He said, 'I'm proud of you.' And that made me feel so proud. It made me feel like I was part of the team."
She's been accepted into what she calls the Carolina Brotherhood because of her willingness to work hard and never quit.
"And she just keeps on fighting. She never lets herself get down," said Carolina High School's wrestling coach Mac Raymond. "She gets upset when she loses, but you would expect an athlete or a competitor to get upset, but she comes back the next day and she's ready for more."
Carolina wrestled against Chesnee and Pendleton high schools Monday night.
"I'm gonna do my best," said Gerow. "I'm gonna do what I enjoy and I'm gonna have fun proving everybody who says a girl can't, I'm gonna show them I can."
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