SF girls wrestling team grows to nine members, most in school history

Girls have long had the opportunity to join the St. Francis High wrestling team or participate in practice, according to head coach Todd Meulman, but they did not begin competing in meets until recent years.

Meulman noted that this year’s team includes nine girls – the most in school history – and they have their own schedule of meets that began last month.

Thrall returns to Los Altos High to run wrestling program

Although it could make for claustrophobic conditions in what Jim Thrall described as “the closet we call a wrestling room,” Los Altos High’s new coach hopes more students will join the team.

“We don’t have two full squads of varsity and JV boys,” he said. “I’d love to have more wrestlers in the 106(-pound) range and 270.”

MV's first female wrestler notches first victory


Nhiem Nguyen/Special to the Town Crier
Paris Harrell is all smiles after winning her first match Jan. 31.

Although Paris Harrell is the first and only girl to wrestle for Mountain View High, she doesn’t think of that when she’s on the mat.

“You are more focused on surviving during wrestling – and pushing your way through it – than you are actually focused on your opponent’s gender,” she said.

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