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Two sisters wrestle on high school wrestling team

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 09:58 PM CST
Reported by: Ewa Roman

PALMYRA -- On Monday, a judge ruled that a seventh-grade girl at a school in Northumberland County could continue wrestling at Line Mountain Middle School.

Here in a Central Pennsylvania, there are two sisters who know first-hand what it's like to be part of a male-dominated sport.

It all started with karate for the sisters. But when Ananda and Brianna Vale moved from California to Dauphin County with their parents, they decided to join the Lower Dauphin Wrestling team.Getting their mom on board was easy.

"I'm fine with it. Whatever they choose to do, I'll support them 100 percent," Veronica Vale said.

Convincing everyone else was tougher.

"At first the boys were kind of mean, they never really accepted me at first," said Amanda Vale.

Chase Mader remembers wrestling them for the first time. It was his first season with the team.

"I wasn't sure what to do. I didn't know if I was supposed to be nicer," said Chase Mader, a fellow wrestler, said.

As time went on and the girls proved themselves on the mat, they were finally accepted and pushed each other to win.

The Vale sisters' opponents often didn't know they were girls until the match was over.

"I took my hair net off and he was surprised. 'Oh! My god I didn't know you were a girl'!" said Brianna Vale.

Amanda and Brianna didn't have problems or resistance from the school or coach when they wanted to try out to wrestle. But one Northumberland County girl did and had to go to court to fight it. She won.

"I think that was pretty awful. It shouldn't matter if you're a girl or guy to wrestle," said Brianna.

"It's a school sport. It doesn't say boys only, it shouldn't be restricted," said Amanda.

Even though it was an easier road for them, these sisters still get looks before the match.

"They're just staring at me like they're confused," said Amanda.

The Vale sisters aren't only on the Lower Dauphin Wrestling team; they also run track and are cheerleaders.
Two sisters wrestle on high school wrestling team


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