The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Madison Fisher Places Third In National Wrestling Event


April 12, 2018

Courtesy photo

Rosman junior Madison Fisher, pictured above third from the left, recently took home third place at the Nuway National Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament. Fisher scored three wins via pin and received All-American honors.

Those who are familiar with Rosman wrestling are certainly familiar with Madison Fisher.

As a girl participating in a predominantly male sport, Fisher has made a name for herself over the past three seasons as she's held her own against some of the stiffest competition in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

This past weekend, Fisher got to prove her mettle against some of the top female wrestlers from across the country, as well as Canada, and came away finishing in third place in the 139-pound weight class at the Nuway National Folkstyle Wrestling tournament held in Lansing, Mich.

Fisher said it was a unique experience taking on a field of only girls, as most of her matches at Rosman have been against boys.

"It was very different because I usually don't wrestle girls a lot. I do every now and then, but the girls I was up against were all a lot better than any of the girls I've ever faced," she said.

That being said, Fisher said her experience practicing and wrestling against boys during the season helped prepare her for the tournament.

This past season, Fisher finished with a 9-10 record wrestling at 138 pounds for the Tigers.

"Having wrestled mostly against boys, I definitely think it helped me," Fisher said.

The level of competition at Nuway was definitely top tier.

After scoring a win via pin in the first round, Fisher's second round match pitted her against Mika Walters – an All-American who trains with the women's Olympic wrestling team.

Fisher lost that match, 8-3, but bounced back to score another pin in her consolation match.

In the consolation finals, she faced Sierra Baxter, of Ontario, Canada.

The match was close, with Fisher trailing, 2-0, going into the third period, but she managed to get a pin in the final two minutes to earn third place, as well as All-American honors.

The Nuway tournament was open registration, but Fisher is hoping to wrestle in another major tournament in Fargo, N.D.

That will require her to continue wrestling with a state club team and qualify based on her results.

Fisher currently wrestles for Strong and Courageous Wrestling Club, as well as the 828 Wrestling Club.

While she still has to qualify in order to wrestle at Fargo, Fisher said she and some of her club teammates have already started brainstorming fundraising ideas to help with the expenditures.

Currently, there are six states that sanction high school girls wrestling, and many others hold unofficial tournaments for girls.

According to USA Wrestling, in 1990 there were 112 girls wrestling in high school nationwide.

By 2017, that number officially grew to 14,587, and is likely much larger.

Fisher, who is also a member of the Tiger football team, said she enjoys the physical and mental challanges that wrestling provides.

"I really just enjoy the physical component and the competition," she said.

Currently, Fisher has a few tournaments already planned for the coming months.

Over the summer, her goal is to improve and, hopefully, qualify for the North Carolina state individual tournament as a senior.

The ultimate goal, she said, is to train with, and join, the U.S. women's wrestling team.


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