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Girls grapple too: Female wrestling coach delivers fresh perspective


Zachary Laux

HEM Junior/Senior math teacher and assistant wrestling coach Leah Stoner teaches her class using a model. Stoner is leaving HEM at the end of the year.

When she first started wrestling, her presence on the mat was sometimes met with apprehension.

Some boys would forfeit before the match started when faced with wrestling her. Some schools would not even allow her to compete in matches.

“When it came to tournaments and the community, there were definite stigmas that would arise occasionally,” said Leah Stoner, assistant wrestling coach at HEM Junior/Senior High School.

But Leah didn’t let being a girl and the opinions of others get in the way of her joy and passion for the sport.

Her passion for the sport and work ethic led her to a cl...

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