A couple weeks ago, Leigh Vierling, Women's National Team Coach asked if I was interested in wrestling an exhibition match in December against the American No.1 at 72kg. Never one to step down from a challenge I was excited ... it was only afterwards that he mentioned it would be in front of 10,000 people at the most iconic sports arena of all time!!!
On Sunday I will step out and wrestle in Madison Square Garden at the 2nd annual Grapple in the Gardens event.
Hard to describe how excited I am to wrestle in an opportunity like this ... Wrestling is a sport that is often relegated to the basements and back rooms of training centers and people's minds. For the sport to have this kind of exposure is really exciting and of course, being apart of the big event is the icing on the cake.
I will be matched up against 2012 World Champ, and 2013 World Bronze medallist Adeline Gray who is a familiar opponent for me. I am eager to battle it out and I know we will put on a good show. Our wrestling styles are very complimentary but on Sunday... there will be no holding back.
Game faces on everybody. Its time to Grapple in the Gardens.
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.