Southwest Conference Women's Wrestler Spotlight
As the SWC Conference Tournament nears, let's take a minute and get to know one of the female wrestlers of the Southwest Conference.
Jennifer Williams is a 2008 graduate from Caprock High School and is currently attending West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas.
Fareed Hawwa: How many years have you been wrestling?
Jennifer Williams: I started wrestling in sixth grade, but it wasnít very competitive. We had one tournament a year.
FH: What or who made you decide to ever want to wrestle?
JW: Well since third grade I had been in tae kwon do. It wasnít a sport offered in school so wrestling was my best bet, and I just wanted to get out of volleyball practice in middle school.
FH: What do you think separates wrestling from other sports?
JW: Dan Gable once said, ďOnce you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.Ē After years of cutting weight, five hours of practice a day, and teaching yourself discipline, you can accomplish anything else that life throws at you without a sweat. Wrestling takes guts and dedication that no other sport requires.
FH: What are some of your goals for this year on the mat?
JW: My main goal right now is to get more girls in our program. We will have a few coming in next year from high school so I hope our program will take off.
FH: Who would you say is your biggest influence?
JW: Aside from my family, I would say my biggest influence was one of my high school coaches. His name was Coach Johnson and since my freshmen year he pushed me harder than any other coach and actually took the time to help me improve. Starting off I was not a star like all of the other girl wrestlers, so I didnít get a lot of attention. He made me want to do better than my best and I donít think I would have got as far as I did without him.
FH: Aside from wrestling, what do you like to do in your free time?
JW: I am really involved in my church, so that is where I spend a lot of free time. Other wise I am usually studying. I also love playing football.
FH: What do you say to people who might find it different or unusual for a female to be a college wrestler?
JW: I think girls can do anything guys can do, if not better. My high school team has won the Texas state tournament the last five years and here in a few weeks I hope to look at the paper and see number six all over the front page. I donít know of many guy wrestling teams who have done that.
FH: What do you see for the future of women's wrestling, within the NCWA and beyond?
JW: I hope to see it grow and hope more schools will start a program so there will be more competitors. Maybe soon there will be enough teams that we can start having duels. I also hope NCWA will start scheduling more tournaments.
FH: Good luck with the rest of the season.
JW: Thank you.