Riddick triumphs at Women’s Wrestling Invitational

By on February 9, 2020

(First Flight Wrestling)

Congratulations to First Flight High’s amazing freshman Reagan Riddick, who captured the 120-pound championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) second annual Women’s Wrestling Invitational Tournament held this weekend in Concord, NC.

Riddick became First Flight’s first girl state wrestling champ when she took the title in a match against Jessica Lohmann of Swain County, winning by a fall in 1:40.

A member of the First Flight High boys wrestling squad, where she has compiled an impressive 31-14 record, Riddick will compete in the 2A East Regionals this coming weekend. If she places fourth or better, she will then qualify for the NCHSAA boys state championship.

Assistant Coach Jay Hawes, left, celebrates with Reagan Riddick and Coach Russell Kepler. (First Flight Wrestling)

According to a recent profile of her in the First Flight High’s Nighthawk News, Riddick has been wrestling for just four years. But at the 2019 National United Wrestling Association for Youth Summer Nationals, she went 13-1 – her only loss coming to a junior who was ranked 13th in the country.

Asked about the key to her success in a sport where a female competitor is indeed a rarity, she told the Nighthawk News, “You’re no different from any other guy or girl. You can do anything you set your mind to with hard work, focus and the drive to make your goal.”

Meanwhile, according to the NCHSAA, the growth in the women’s wrestling tournament in the past year has been phenomenal. The inaugural event held in 2019 featured 81 female wrestlers from across the state. This year, that number swelled to 182 wrestlers entered in the field.

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