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Sparta wrestler among the best in her class

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Sparta, WI (WXOW) a Sparta wrestler is gaining attention for being one of the best in the nation. The 7th grader recently medalled at a national tournament and hopes to someday make the US National team. As News 19's Amy DuPont explains, it's a pretty amazing accomplishment when you consider this young grappler rarely has a chance to face the competition.

Strength and stamina rule on the wrestling mat, but in Sparta, you may also need a pony tail to get a pin.

Following in her father's footsteps, Alice Todrky started wrestling when she was just 3 years old. "I like it. You learn a lot of moves and you meet new people." The now 12 year old is arguably one of the best young, female wrestler in the nation. Alice placed 2nd at a national tournament earlier this year and 3rd they year before.

Her father Michael is her biggest fan and her coach. "I try and giver her all the knowledge , skills, and technique needed; but she also understands it's her effort and technique out on the mat and whether she wins or loses is up to her."

Alice is one of just two girls enrolled in the Sparta summer program and the only female wrestler on her middle school team. The Todryk family travels the country to enter female tournaments.

Alice thrives on competing against girls her own size, but she's not afraid to play with the boys. "There are quite a few girls when we travel, so it's nice, but some of the boys; it's actually nice wrestling them."

Alice doesn't take it easy on any of her opponents and she doesn't expect them to take it easy on. This tough girl is in it to win it every time she takes the mat.

Alice will be eligible to join the Women's National team in 2 years. She hopes to someday make the Olympic team.

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