by Tim Dobyns | JROB Intensive Wrestling Camps Beyond the Mat Magazine
Each spring, we get a few calls from parents asking if we allow girls to attend our Intensive Camps. “Of course,” we answer, “it’s just that your daughter may be the only one.” Typically, we host one or two girls at each Intensive Camp, which is the kind of ratio that doesn’t even merit the word “minority.” High school freshmen at our camps are a minority—these girls are completely on their own, surrounded by hundreds of alpha-male type adolescent boys day in and day out. That they make it through camp is a testament to each of them—to their dedication and passion for the sport—despite being so outnumbered and lacking the gender-centric social support system that the boys depend on. In a sport that’s still heavily male-dominant, surviving the most difficult wrestling camp in the country is the ultimate Q.E.D. for many of them—proof that they can not only beat girls, but that they can compete with the boys as well. As you might expect, many of the girls that do decide to attend our Intensive Camps are good…really good. In each of the last two years, one of our female Intensive Camp graduates has gone on to wrestle as part of Team USA at the Cadet World Championships—Alex Liles, a 2014 graduate of our 28-Day Intensive Camp wrestled in Sarajevo, Bosnia, last summer, and Macey Kilty, a 2015 graduate of our Iowa Intensive Camp, competed and won the bronze medal this summer in Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Both of these accomplished girls have Olympic aspirations for 2020 or 2024, and we would love nothing more than to see them competing on the world’s biggest stage. This story will focus on Macey Kilty, one of the most fearsome competitors we’ve seen in recent years at our camps.
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