Coffee County grad Stottlemeyer focused on building wrestling program at MTSU

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

By Ethan Willis, staff writer

Former Central High School Lady Raider wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer continues to pursue her wrestling passion at Middle Tennessee State University.

The former CHS standout is helping the wrestling program at MTSU grow and, in the process, finished second in last year’s national tournament in Allen, Texas and was named an All-American.

Former CHS wrestler and current MTSU wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer, right, is pictured with MTSU wrestling coach Steve Smith. (Photo provided)

Former CHS wrestler and current MTSU wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer, right, is pictured with MTSU wrestling coach Steve Smith. (Photo provided)

“I didn’t have very many matches before nationals this year because the program at MTSU is small,” explained Stottlemeyer, who graduated from CHS in 2013. “I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of matches because the college level for women’s Folkstyle wrestling, which is what high school teams are, is still growing, but I am very proud to be a part of building the program for women at MTSU.

“I am very passionate about the sport. I am even more passionate about girls wrestling because I know what it takes to become successful and I know the struggles that come with being a female wrestler in high school and college. The sport is very small and has very limited opportunities. I want to grow the sport at MTSU and in the Middle Tennessee area to give the girls in high school more opportunities and a place to expand their wrestling career post high school.”

Stottlemeyer points to a decision in high school that female wrestlers are forced to make – wrestle against boys or girls – as a tough decision for the beginning wrestler.

“The problem is you have to choose one or the other. Wrestling boys division disqualifies you ….

Continue reading this story in this week’s (July 9) print edition of the Manchester Times. Copies are available on news stands around town.

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