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Senior Nick Salafia teeing off in their first meet of the season.
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Varsity Wrestling’s Secret Weapon

Sophia Gordon Ranks Third in the CIAC Tournament.
Madeline Gordon
Sophomore Sophia Gordon taking on her opponent during a wrestling match.

Sophomore Sophia Gordon has persistently demonstrated excellence and success on the South Windsor High School Varsity Wrestling team. 

Gordon has had many achievements in her athletic career thus far, including being ranked as the third place champion for Connecticut’s CIAC bracket. This year, Gordon has continued to work hard, hoping to leave a legacy on the wrestling team for others to follow. 

“Throughout my career I have gone to the first ever Girls’ States, clinics, and now New England’s. I’m super excited to be paving the way for a growing community of women’s wrestlers,” Gordon said. “I hope to grow the girls team at South Windsor this year and would love it if we get a lot of new people.”

Gordon’s passion for wrestling started in 3rd grade when she originally started putting her time and effort into the sport. She has been participating in wrestling ever since and has taken up the challenge to prove her worth and skills on the mat. 

After the grueling hours of training, “…it’s really nice to see all that work pay off,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s countless hours put into the sport has not gone unnoticed, Madeline Gordon, Sophia’s mother stated.

The biggest sacrifice for her would be the lack of free time to spend with her friends and extended family during the season. All her time is spent training physically and mentally or doing schoolwork. After some of the high school’s practices, she even goes to the Youth Wrestling program to help out,” Madeline Gordon explained.

Since Gordon is one of the only girls on the wrestling team, she is often questioned on the challenges many imagine a girl might face on an all boys team. 

“It’s not bad at all,” Gordon stated. “Some people think it would suck being the only girl or having so few girls on the team, but the team is so close like a family. I don’t feel lonely because the guys are all great people and super nice and funny.”

Gordon has also found that wrestling has significantly improved many aspects of her life.

Sophomore Sophia Gordon wins wrestling match against Guilford opponent. (Madeline Gordon)

“Personally, I’ve become a lot more determined and strong minded from this sport,” Gordon said. “Before tests in school, I’m less stressed because I know how to control it, and I’ve become an overall happier person.” 

Not only does Gordon put countless hours and time into her wrestling abilities to achieve her goal of being the CIAC girls champion, but changing her perspective and mentality on the sport has also been a large factor of her success. 

“I learned to see everything as an opportunity,” Gordon explained. “I don’t have to go to practice; I get to go to practice.”

Gordon’s determination, relentless nature, and perseverance has driven her to success and allows her to continue to make a name for herself in the wrestling world of South Windsor High School and beyond.

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About the Contributors
Izabel Dzubin
Izabel Dzubin, Staff Writer
Izabel Dzubin is a sophomore at South Windsor High School and has a strong passion for writing. Izabel enjoys writing for The Bobcat Prowl, and takes pleasure in writing about topics such as current events and sports. Throughout her sophomore year, Izabel participated in playing Field Hockey, Varsity Girls Basketball and being a member of the Girls Golf Team. When she is not playing sports, you can most likely find her hanging out with friends and family or, with a book in her hand. 
Mia Ruiz
Mia Ruiz, Staff Writer
Mia Ruiz is currently a sophomore writer at The Bobcat Prowl. By joining the student paper, she hopes to communicate important topics such as sports and school events to her peers, while also improving her writing skills. When she is not writing for The Prowl, you can find her playing for the South Windsor girl’s soccer and basketball teams. Besides participating in numerous physical activities. Mia also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.