Student ranks first in girls wrestling

Brentsville District High School sophomore places first in State Women’s Wrestling Championship

Brentsville District High School sophomore May Cuyler is the inaugural winner of the 2022 Virginia Girls’ Wrestling Championship held at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, VA. Cuyler was one of eight in her 136-pound weight class. She had a total of 11 pins and no runs were scored on her.

When asked how it felt to wake up as the State Women’s Wrestling Champion, Cuyler shared, “I felt the same way, but when I saw my mom’s phone full of messages congratulating me, it made me happy because I hadn’t realized I had accomplished something so special.

Cuyler credits her coach and teammates for helping her achieve her goals. “Coaches always make sure I know what I’m doing. My teammates always support me and make sure I’m happy and healthy enough to fight, and that really goes a long way.

This is Cuyler’s third win in all women’s wrestling competitions this past winter season. Her other two wins were at the 6th Annual All Girls Invitational at Culpeper County High School in Culpeper, VA and another competition at Orange County High School in Orange, VA. Although there is currently no Virginia High School League-sanctioned women’s wrestling division; this annual competition gives female wrestlers from Virginia the opportunity to compete at the state level.

Rick Adams, head wrestling coach at Brentsville High, shared, “Cuyler shows up every day and has never missed a practice. She’s one of the hardest workers in the room and always has a smile on her face when she dumps one of the boys [wrestlers]. We want more girls to join [wrestling], and May led the way. I hope people can see May’s success and come try wrestling in Brentsville. Adams added that any Brentsville student interested in wrestling can participate: “everyone is on the team.”

Cuyler also participates in judo competitions. She placed third at the United States of America Junior Olympic Judo Championships held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Cuyler is ranked third in the nation in the International Women’s Judo Federation (IJF) Junior category (born 2002-2007) in the 63 kg weight class.

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