High school girl has become the first in Us to beat her contemporaries in wrestling game to emerge winner across the US,
So when Heaven Fitch set her sights on becoming a wrestling champion, it was always going to mean facing a field made up of mostly boys. there are not enough girls wrestling in secondary schools for a division to be formed.
On 22 February, she became the first girl to win a North Carolina High School Wrestling State Championship.
Heaven follows in the footsteps of Michaela Hutchison, who became the first girl to ever win a state-wide secondary school title in 2006.
the 16-year-old struggled to show anything other than modesty when discussing her success with BBC Sports “I’m just like any other person,” she said, before clarifying, “outside of wrestling”.
“Last year I was the first girl to reach second place in North Carolina, but I never expected to win it. Just to place last year was crazy in itself – all I wanted was to place higher. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come
Chris Waddell, who has been her coach for the past two years also told the BBC “There hasn’t been anyone like her in North Carolina, “Heaven’s an exceptional wrestler and she’s making history. It’s an outstanding achievement – she’s just that good. “All around,” he explained, “she’s probably the most talented kid I’ve ever coached. “I always tell her she’s a unicorn – because she’s so special.”
And although it took some convincing, when pressed on what she thinks about the “making history” tag she’s been given by the press, Heaven finally allowed a bit of swagger to seep through.
“I do see it like that,” she said with a laugh. “I am the first female to place, so it is history for North Carolina.