After placing fourth in North Carolina's high school wrestling championship meet as a sophomore, Heaven Fitch set her sights on winning the 106-pound division as a junior. In doing so recently, triumphing in an eight-wrestler bracket that include seven boys, Fitch made history as North Carolina's first girl to win an individual state wrestling championship.
In the days since, during which seemingly every media outlet including the BBC has called, the significance of Fitch's achievement has grown. "This has had a ripple effect," said Sally Roberts, founder and CEO of Wrestle Like a Girl, a non-profit which promotes wrestling as a means of educating and empowering girls and women. She added, "Yes, women can do it if they're taught and trained. Wrestling is a sport for everybody."