SYLVANIA, OH (WTOL) - Brenda Conley's wrestling career started out in an unlikely way.
"I needed to get involved with the school, so one of my friends told me, 'I guarantee you won't come out and try wrestling. We need more people on the team,'" she said. "So last year I came out and I've been here ever since."
A bet took Brenda from Southview mat maid to wrestler. She credits the coaches for why she came back for another season.
"The energy in the room and the coaches most definitely this year," Conley said. "If it wasn't for the coaches, I don't think I would've stayed. They've really pushed this team and they're really building up the program and I'm proud to be a part of it."
As you can imagine, Conley gets her fair share of looks for being a female in what is viewed as a predominately male sport.
"At meets they're all like 'Ooo it's a girl,' and everyone's scared to get beat by a girl or they don't want to hurt the girl, but once you step out there on the mat, it's the true equalizer," Conley said.
It was also a first for first-year head coach Brian Helminiak.
"I had never coached a girl before. This is my first year at Southview coaching, and I showed up and she was here day one," he said.