Garcia proves that girls can (and do) beat boys

Maya Garcia gets her hand raised in victory after a match earlier this year. Garcia has made a habit of proving that girls can be tougher than boys. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School wrestling team has a female star in their starter 123-pound weight classification, Maya Garcia. The standout wrestler has compiled a 16-4 record thus far in the 2021-22 regular season. Garcia has compiled an 80% winning percentage while consistently being pitted against male competitors. 

Garcia’s season got off to a hot start with a stellar outing in the Braxton County duals back on December 11, finishing with a 4-1 record. The wrestler then proceeded to go 1-1 and 2-0 in the next two outings before registering a 4-1 mark in the “Brawling in the New Year” event to cap off 2021 with a 7-2 record. Since then, the shining star has maintained her high level of performance. Most recently, Garcia went 2-0 against competition from Mountaineer Middle School and Elkins in a tri-match on January 11. With Garcia helping lead the way, the B-UMS wrestling team has found a great deal of success this season. If the Little Bucs hope to close out the year as strong as they started it, Garcia must keep competing at a high level. 

While Garcia is quite talented at her craft, she isn’t just a force to be reckoned with on the mat. The wrestler is a leader on the B-UMS wrestling team. Garcia’s grit and determination helps to set the tone for the entire team. All her hard work gained the attention of B-UMS wrestling coach, J.P Tenney who named Garcia a team captain before the start of the season. 

Tenney spoke glowingly of his captain saying, “Maya works really hard every single day in practice. She is a leader on our team. Maya is quiet and lets her actions do most of the talking. It has been so rewarding to watch her find success this season. She has put in the time and effort to get to this point. I am looking forward to watching her compete at our conference tournament where she has the chance to advance to the girl’s state championships in February. “

Garcia will continue to work on her record as the B-UMS wrestling team competes at a quad match, hosted by South Harrison, on Tuesday, January 25.

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