• Grass Lake Middle School 8th Grade Wrestler Successful on National Stage -

    Theresa Rankin is a 14 year old 8th grader that has been wrestling since she was 4 years old. She has wrestled against boys in freestyle as well as middle school. She won the State Championship for girls again this year for this Middle School division in the 110-120 lbs weight class.

    This is on the youth1.com website for the Michigan Women's State Championship.

    "One of the best youth girls wrestlers in the country, Theresa Rankin (Michigan Women’s Wrestling) put on an impressive showing as she defeated teammate Murrissia Hampton by fall in :55 seconds and defeated Alanna Schwartz (Down River) by fall in :47 seconds. Hampton then defeated Schwartz by fall in :32 seconds to win the silver medal." youth1

    She has won central regionals for girls, which include 7 states, four times. She has also placed in the central regionals for the boys division. This year she was a part of team Michigan and traveled to Oklahoma City to compete in the USA National Folkstyle Championship. There were 38 states represented at this national meet. She wrestled in the 108 lbs cadet division which is for girls that were born in 1996 or 1997. She was wrestling against girls who were in 8th grade, 9th grade, or 10th grade. She pinned all of her opponents in the first period on her way to the finals. In the finals, she re-injured the same shoulder that she hurt in January and ended up losing in the finals. This was Theresa's first loss against another girl at any point in her young career. She ended up taking second place in the Nation for Girls Folkstyle.

    Team Michigan finished second this year in the National Dual Competition to Team Texas. Last year, Team Michigan also lost in the finals against Team California. Theresa and her teammates have a goal of bringing back an individual national championship as well as a Team Michigan national championship in the coming years.

    In April, she plans on competing for the State Freestyle Championship. If she places first or second in the State meet, she will travel to Florida for the Fila Body Bar National Freestyle Championship in May for the Cadet division. Girls who place first at this National Meet qualify for the USA world team and girls who place second at the meet qualify for the National Pan Am Games.

    Theresa will be traveling to the Canadian Cup in June to compete with Team Michigan. She will also be traveling to Fargo, ND in July to compete in the USA Freestyle National Championship.