Wrestler, 10, wins first place in Iowa

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Though she hyper-extended her elbow a week before, 10-year-old Uvalde resident Stephany “Nini” Barrera won first place last weekend in the 110-pound weight class at the second-annual Conflict for Charity wrestling tournament held at Independence High School in Iowa.

To get there, she joined a wrestling organization called Sisters on the Mat, which accepts female wrestlers from all over Texas. The group was recommended by her wrestling coach. Barrera’s mother drove to Keller, where they met the group and travelled the rest of the way on a bus. They stayed at at local gym, Hard Drive Mixed Martial Arts.

“It was like a big sleepover,” Barrera said.

Her typical weight class is 100 pounds, but as she weighed in at 1 pound over, she was required to compete in the 110-pound weight class.

She competed in two matches, and won the first by a pin, and the second match by a point in overtime, where she injured her finger at the end of the match. The injury was minor, and has not slowed her down.

The tournament was held Oct. 12-13, and all proceeds were donated to cancer charities.


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