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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:00 am

Hailey Chapman, an eighth grade wrestler of Outlaw Youth Wrestling Program from Lake Arrowhead, took the California USA Girls’ 117-pound Wrestling State Title on Sunday, March 18, in Fresno, Calif. She has been wrestling since 2009 under the coaching of Kurt Chapman (father) and Dave Chapman (grandfather).

Hailey wrestled at various California Age Group Wrestling Association (C.A.G.W.A.) tournaments, and other USA Wrestling-sponsored events around California since November of this season. In many of those tournaments, she faced both boys and girls. In her most recent tournament leading up to the state finals, she headed to Mayfair High School in Lakewood and wrestled in two different divisions.

One of those was Kids’ Folkstyle, where she wrestled against the boys and took first place. The other was the High School Girls Division, where she wrestled in five matches against current high school girls, ranging from freshman to seniors. She finished by winning all five matches and taking first again.

“It was a great tune-up for me to get ready for state and gave me the confidence I needed when facing the tough competitors I would face at state,” Hailey commented.

Hailey is following in the footsteps of other hometown wrestlers, such as her dad, Kurt, her kid uncle, Scott Chapman (three-time state champion for Rim High), Marcie (Van Dusen) Lane (Rim’s first female wrestler and Olympian), and her brother, Brock Chapman (current sophomore Rim High wrestler and CIF placer).

Dave Chapman started the Outlaw program more than 35 years ago, coaching outstanding wrestlers such as Scott and Marcie, and dozens of others, throughout their wrestling careers. When Dave Chapman’s grandchildren (Brock and Hailey) began wrestling, Dave and Kurt continued the Outlaw Youth Wrestling Program to carry on the wrestling pride and tradition on the mountain and to feed the Rim High School wrestling program.

Wrestling is a unique sport in that both boys and girls have equal opportunity to achieve success. As girls’ wrestling continues to grow across the nation, many young girls now have the opportunity on the mountain to experience this sport with the youth program and on into high school.

Rim High School Head Coach Pete Ferrara is also a huge supporter of girls’ wrestling, working with Hailey outside of his coaching duties for Rim. When he heard that Hailey won the state title, Coach Ferrara said, “Congratulations! You worked hard for it! It’s a pleasure working with you and your brother! Let’s keep it up!”

Many young girls across this mountain who may not have thought that wrestling is for them, now have another opportunity to engage in a sport that may fit their focus of athleticism.

As Rim continues to build its wrestling program for both male and female athletes, it is exciting to see what the coming years will bring – with all the talented athletes coming up through the ranks.

After winning this state title, Hailey’s sights are set high as she continues her wrestling career into high school, perhaps following the path set by Marcie, Scott, and other Rim wrestlers through high school, college, and beyond.

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