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Girls vs Boys on the Mat: Their Differing Traits

Going into this week, I had one goal in writing this piece: discovering how different girls and boys wrestling is.

I don’t know anything about wrestling, so I went into this blind. I knew most sports vary greatly between the genders, like women’s hockey not allowing the physical blockings and body-checking men’s does. So I wondered, will that translate to wrestling?

After seeing the girls match, I thought they would be the most aggressive. The matches are intense and very aggressive with many bloody noses.

Yet as soon as the whistle blows, the girls stop and their comradery is commendable.

You’d expect their opposition to continue off the court, but they don’t. They understand it’s just a sport. When off the court, you can witness them talking about things like hair and liking the other’s braids.

Boys wrestling, however, isn’t so friendly. They don’t fight off the court, but they don’t chat either. They only discuss with their teammates and avoid talking to the others, not vehemently, but still avoid it when they can.

But their matches don’t seem as aggressive – they’re more violent. 

They had fewer bloody noses, but they had much more flying through the air. 

But they always shake hands before and have extreme civility, yet as soon as they start, they become harsher and more violent than I imagined.

The body-slams onto the floor were commonplace and powerful. The force with which they spared is undeniably violent. 

I watch gruesome movies and shows all the time, but during some of these matches I had to look away for fear that a bone would break or a shoulder would be dislocated.

I know aggressive and violent are nearly synonymous, but wrestling perfectly highlights their differences.


About the Contributor
Julia Towell, A&E Editor
Julia is a senior and second-year journalism student. She is the A&E editor for The Claw and Tiger Times Online. Julia is an Aquarius who absolutely despises Matthew McConaughey. On Friday nights you won’t see her at a football game on her own free will, but you will catch her snuggled in bed with her cat, reading. Julia is actively involved in Drama Club and Bel Canto. Outside of school she loves to read, cuddle her wonderful little baby boy and gremlin cats, garden, sleep, and watch romcoms.