Congratulations to AAU Wrestling member Kayla Miracle for becoming the first female in the history of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 75-year history to qualify for the state wrestling tournament! Miracle finished 4th in the 106 weight division.
What once started as a way to “make boys cry” has turned into future Olympic aspirations. Miracle has competed the past several years at the AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL.
Written by: Carlyn Topkin
What began as a way to “make the boys cry” has evolved into an Olympic dream for 15-year-old wrestler Kayla Miracle. A member of Hoosier Elite, Miracle was Indiana’s first female wrestler to go 22-0 in the first half of her freshman high school season at Culver Academies and was ranked 13th in the 103 weight class in Indiana. The first female in Indiana to ever make the rankings
For Miracle, wrestling began as a family affair and when dad said no, she asked mom. Miracle’s dad coached her brothers, which led to lots of free time for her at practices and tournaments.
“I would go to all the practices, swing ropes and hang out. So finally I asked my dad if I could wrestle and he didn’t really want me to because he didn’t think girls wrestled,” said Miracle. “But then I asked my mom and she said okay, because then at least she would know where I was and wouldn’t have to worry I was causing trouble.”
After convincing her parents and proving her strength to herself, the rest has been relatively smooth.
“My team was always my brothers, so it was easy to jump in. My dad coached us and once he saw I was serious about the sport he taught me so much,” said Miracle. “It’s been a good bonding experience, even though we butt heads a lot. With every argument, we work it out and become closer.”
Miracle is staying busy within the sport by constantly challenging herself and competing against the toughest competition.
“I’ve participated in a few all female tournaments, but I prefer to wrestle against the boys. Guys are always getting stronger, better and faster, so that in turn makes me better,” said Miracle. “Even though in middle school I had trouble finding competition, I knew if I kept working at it I would eventually be seen as a strong wrestler, and being a girl wouldn’t even matter.”
This is Miracle’s first time at AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals. Though her team didn’t move on to championship bracket play, Miracle showed that a girl can hold her own in the toughest of competition. Through her six matches, Miracle only surrendered two losses.
Going forward, Miracle is looking forward to her sophomore year, but even more excited at the possibility of representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Keep an eye out from Kayla Miracle. She will be making a name for herself in the sport of wrestling.