Pottstown Female Wrestlers Chart New Territory

MAKING WRESTLING HISTORY – Pottstown School District students who are members of the high school wrestling team are among those helping to grow female participation in the sport, according to the district. High school students Julianna Figueroa, Zoe Earle and Mia Bumbarger (at top) and Pottstown Middle School’s Savannah Richards (not pictured) are not only among its local pioneers, but they also are considered seasoned veterans. The high school girls recently competed and won medals in the all-female Gettysburg (PA) Battlefield Tournament. Figueroa dominated her class with two pins and a 7-0 victory to earn first place. Earle went 2-1 on the day with a pin and decision. Bumbarger was 1-1, losing on a very hard fought finals bout. Both Earle and Bumbarger took second place. Although only in seventh grade Richards may be the most experienced of the group, as a veteran of many youth tournaments and having defeated several male opponents. All four are part of a movement to have Pennsylvania adopted female interscholastic wrestling as a separate PIAA sport, just as several other states already do.

Photo from the Pottstown School District