Captain’s Cup

February 13 and 14 will be special. And not because it’s Valentines Day.

Because it’s Captain’s Cup!

The Captain’s Cup is a Women’s wrestling event unlike any other. It will be a dual tournament style with Captains that have drafted their teams to compete for glory and prize money as well.

This event is put on by Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, FloWrestling and USA Wrestling.

The individuals who qualified the weights for the Olympics were selected as the Captains. (With some not being able to compete, and a little rearranging, they were set) The Captains are as follows:

50KG- Sarah Hildebrandt

53KG- Jacarra Winchester

57KG- Jenna Burkert

62KG- Kayla Miracle

68KG- Tamyra Mensah-Stock

76KG- Victoria Francis

Next, a draft was held of eligible athletes in each weight as the captains picked 5 other women to fill out their team.

This draft happened on January 23.

Now, we wait in anticipation for the tournament to take place.

This kind of event is historic in its occurrence, and will be a great opportunity to not only create publicity for women’s wrestling, but also create monetary incentive to win. With times changing, this is a huge step for the furthering of women’s wrestling, and just the first of many.

Legacy Series: Episode 2

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Episode 2 of our Series features Kristie Davis

Kristie Davis began her wrestling career after she tore her ACL while doing Judo. It was an easy transition over and filled the void she had while allowing her to keep competing.

She found much success in wrestling, and it did a lot more than just fill a void. In time, Kristie quickly rose to the top of not only the United States, but also the entire world.

Today, Kristie stands as the most decorated women’s wrestler in the history of USA Wrestling. By making 10 World teams and earning 9 medals, she was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2018; becoming the second women behind Trisha Saunders.

After competing, she would go in an help the girls whom her husband coached, along with going to school to get her nursing degree.

Kristie continues to give back even today. She is now the head coach at Emmanuel College in Georgia, where she coaches along with working at the hospital. Being around the girls and team there, showed her just how much she has to offer not only those girls, but also the girls all throughout the US She has also coached many US World and National teams over the years.

Kristie talks about the great times that she has had during her career, and even with the many setbacks she has faced, it has been one of the best things she has done. Not only has she accomplished great things, but she also helped to pioneer the way for women’s wrestling.

Thank you Kristie Davis for being part of the Legacy of Women’s Wrestling.

The Legacy Series

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I recently started working with an organization called Wreaper Wrestling.

They are a company that strives to empower women in combative sports; sports such as wrestling. With a mission statement that explains how they “[aim] to inspire athletes with a cutting-edge brand for women’s wrestling” you can expect great things.

As the Communications and Marketing Officer (CMO) I have created and headed a new project called “The Legacy Series” that I am very passionate about and excited for.

The Legacy Series is a series of videos highlighting women’s wrestler over the years that have done great things for the sport.

Strong women, pioneers, role models, and many others that don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

My aim through this series is to show the wrestling community and even the whole world how amazing these women are. To tell even a little part of their story so that people will know them better.

Wrestling is such a diverse and inclusive sport in many aspects, and that’s part of what makes it so great. There are many stories about the legendary men’s wrestlers throughout the years, however, on the women’s side, we are lacking.

This is where I hope The Legacy Series will help.

These women and the things they did/do are incredible.

Their stories need to be told.

Head to Wreaper Wrestling on Instagram and Youtube to follow along.

Legacy Series: Episode 1

As part of Wreaper Wrestling, we are doing a series of videos called The Legacy Series. This project hopes to shed light on the many amazing women that are in the sport of wrestling and how they have paved the way for others and deserve some recognition.

Kicking off this series is Danielle Lappage.

Danielle Lappage is a Canadian Wrestler from Olds Alberta who found a passion for wrestling at a very young age.

Throughout her wrestling Career, she has accomplished many spectacular feats, such as winning Cadet Worlds, winning Canada Cup, taking silver at the World Championships, and becoming an Olympian in 2016.

However, during her warm up at the Rio Olympics, she ruptured her hamstring; she gathered all her strength and tried to wrestler her first match, but she soon realized that she could not wrestle.

Her next few months were taken to recover and during that time, she turned to coaching in order to give back to a sport she has gotten so much from. As the Assistant Coach at Simon Fraser University, she touched the lives of many, and eventually was able to get back on the mat herself.

After her first completion, the fire inside her burned brighter than ever before. She was on a mission, and that mission was to be the best. Not only the best physical, but mentally as well, and so, with not only a bachelors degree, but with a Masters as well, she also decided to go to Law School in Calgary. She continued to rise in the competition as a wrestler, and as the year 2020 approached, accomplished her goal of becoming an Olympian once again.

Even with the postponement of the Olympics, Danielle’s fire is still burning strong, and she now looks on towards 2021 with one goal; to be an Olympic Champion.

She is a great example to girls and women everywhere of accomplishing great things, resilience though trials, giving back to the next generation, and bettering yourself in all aspects of life.

Thank you Danielle Lappage for being part of the Legacy of Women’s Wrestling.