Female Norfolk wrestler strives to make a name for herself
NORFOLK, Neb. -- A female wrestler in northeast Nebraska is asking for the public’s help to raise money for a national competition in Florida.
Tiearra Thompson competes for Norfolk High School, and is currently the only female to qualify for the Disney Duals in Orlando.
It’s not a secret that wrestling is primarily dominated by boys, but Thompson however is breaking that mold.
With it being only the second year that girls' wrestling has been in the NSAA, Thompson sees herself as a pioneer at the school for the sport.
“It’s nice to know that I was one of the girls who started it and one of the only wants who have been in it,” she said. “It’s also nice to know that there is a lot more girls and that I’m not the only one anymore.”
Thompson has been wrestling for nine years now; and when she’s not wrestling for Norfolk, Thompson competes for the National Wrestling Alliance in Omaha which travels nationally to compete with other girls.
She’s been to states like Oklahoma, Colorado, Iowa, and now, hopefully, Florida.
When she qualified, Thompson said it was a surreal feeling.
“I was really excited,” Thompson said. “Since they started doing the Florida competition, I’ve wanted to do it. I’ve qualified for it before but we just haven’t been able to go. Knowing that I can go this year is really nice.”
Another goal of Thompson’s is to be the first female wrestler in her family to compete in college.
A GoFundMe was started by Thompson and her family to raise funds for the trip. The page was created on March 16th and already has raised over $1,000 with a goal of $2,000.
She said in addition to the GoFundMe page, she’s also going to be running a camp in the summer to raise additional funds for the trip.
Thompson said she’s confident she’ll be making the trip to the Sunshine State.