Girls' wrestling growing in popularity

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Girls high school wrestling is becoming more popular locally and nationwide.

"Going across the different schools we're pushing 20 girls from Dayton to Fernley to Hug, Damonte, Galena, there are girls all over the place that want to wrestle," said Reed wrestling coach Mike Clapp.

The Reed High School team has six girls and they aren't just competing, they're winning. Morgan Norris and Nora Ochoa both won their weight class at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno last month where nearly 100 girls competed.

"That was really exciting, especially since it got to be at home, people I know get to see it because even my family doesn't get to travel as much with me cause it's far away," said Reed junior Morgan Norris.

"First year with a girls tournament it was a good experience, I just wrestled tough like at every other tournament," added Reed junior Nora Ochoa.

Norris is only a junior and has over 50 career wins.

"Her biggest accomplishment, she placed eighth at nationals, which is in Fargo, North Dakota, everybody will tell you is the end all be all," said Clapp.

"I really want to inspire people and I know a couple of girls around here tell me I'm a big inspiration to them and that's kind of what keeps me going," added Norris.

What makes Ochoa's success impressive is the fact she's been wrestling for less than two years.

"I used to play football for a while and then coach Clapp came out to the field and was, like, what do you think about wrestling? I didn't really think much of it and then I came into the room and it was a different kind of sport and I kind of just fell in love with it," said Ochoa.

"She's developing fast and she's got an incredibly high ceiling to her wrestling," Clapp added.