Skidmore Adds Another Accomplishment to Her Wrestling Career

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Gabby Skidmore

By Mark Fuller

 

When Cumberland senior Gabby Skidmore wrestlers her first match at Saturday’s WIAA Sectional, she will be adding yet another accomplishment to her outstanding career. She will take a 31-9 record into the match as the Champion of the Cumberland 120-pound Wrestling Regional in her first Sectional appearance.
Skidmore began wrestling as a four-year old, largely after watching her brothers enjoy the sport. “I’ve kept it up because it’s fun and has grown me mentally and spiritually,” Skidmore adds.
She came to Cumberland as a freshman and her career has since taken off. She won a position in the starting line-up as a Sophomore and has improved each year, in part through her work with the Beavers Wrestling Team and in part with her involvement in Free Style Wrestling during the summer.
Her summer work in Freestyle has led to four-consecutive All-American Honors in the Woman’s Division. Two were won in Fargo, North Dakota and two in Texas. The top eight finishers each summer qualify for All-American status and this past summer she finished with her highest ranking, a third-place finish.
Her experiences in wrestling also led to a unique experience last spring, when she went to Japan to train with the Japanese Olympic Team for a short period. Her quest to become one of the best has continued to grow.
Even today, when her involvement with the Cumberland Wrestling team permits, she travels to Minneapolis to work out at the Pinnacle Body Rejuvenation Center and spends some extra time with her main trainer, Kevin Black, Head Coach at River Falls High School and former four-time undefeated State Wrestling Champion. He has had a big influence on her career.
In March, once wrestling is done, she will move to River Falls to continue her training with Black, which she wants to lead to a College Wrestling career. She will graduate from Cumberland this spring by taking on-line classes. Augsburg, with a strong men’s program,  recently added woman’s wrestling and is just one University that has contacted her about attending.
“I do want to continue to wrestle wherever I decide to go. It has grown my mind and soul,” Skidmore concluded. Let’s hope a State Tournament appearance, however, is still yet to add to her high school memories.

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