12-year-old female wrestler raising eyebrows, pinning opponents

By Drew Stewart - bio | email

IRMO, SC (WIS) - Her name means 'beginning,' and she's beginning to take the world of middle school wrestling by storm.

A 12-year-old wrestling sensation from Irmo Middle School is pinning the notion that only guys can wrestle.

In the beginning, only guys were allowed on the wrestling mats. But on Saturday, 12-year-old Genesis Patterson took her place among the organized chaos, and her mother was pleased.

However, the ones who aren't pleased are the guys she beats on a routine basis.

Genesis was dragged into the sport after her siblings began lessons. But her trainer discovered she was the one with the talent. She even has a signature move.

Irmo wrestling coach Kyle Kimrey was a little surprised when he saw the 92-pound Genesis show up to practice, but quickly realized the little athlete could be the start of something big time.

For the time being she's sticking with wrestling, but Genesis hopes that the strength built by wrestling will lead to a beginning in another sport.  

If that happens, all of her wrestling opponents will be pleased.

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