HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Bryce Farley is a standout senior at Turner Ashby High School.
As a wrestler, Farley is a role model for the Knights.
“She’s the only woman on the team, the smallest person on the team, and the leader of all the boys on the team,” head wrestling coach Marshall Smiley said.
This year, Farley captured the Valley District title and became the first female state champion in VHSL history.
“When I walk into the workout room, I forget about everything and just focus on my goals. The mat is my safe space,” Farley said.
Since she started wrestling in college, Farley has faced mostly male opponents. Her success on the mat inspired other young women to follow in her footsteps.
“She was the favorite in our program and got other girls interested. Wrestling is not just a boy’s sport,” added Smiley.
Farley is passionate about mentoring the next generation of female wrestlers.
“I like talking to them and seeing if they need any help in the process,” Farley said. I would love to train them in the future.
Farley brings that compassion to the classroom, where she is enrolled in the nursing program at Massanutten Technical Center. Farley is one year away from becoming a registered nurse.
“His hard work and determination is incredible. She is committed to her future and is capable of achieving anything,” said Demetra Heckman, a math teacher.
The local community will continue to follow Farley as she excels on and off the mat in her senior year at Turner Ashby High School.
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