Updated: January 17, 2017

GET READY BLEACHER BOY FANS!! This week’s Athlete of the Week goes to….

EMILY KAUFMAN!! Emily is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood, NJ. This is her 2nd year competing on Ridgewoods wrestling team…thats right…WRESTLING!

Emily has watched her brother wrestle since she was in kindergarten and was inspired by his success on both the state and national level. Last year in 2nd grade she took the plunge, joined the team and was the 2nd girl in the history of Ridgewood sports to ever wrestle! She had a hard time at practice finding boys that were willing to work with her and went 1-4 in her first season but she never gave up.

Emily was determined and returned this year as a 3rd grader. In her first meet this past weekend, she pinned both boys already doubling her record from last year!! She has a busy wrestling schedule the next few weeks and is competing in the Girls States at the end of February. We can’t wait to hear how she does!

Wrestling has always been dominated by boys but not any more. Her dad tells us that the sport has really changed in the last 5 years and that there are girl-only clubs and tournaments now. Emily is so proud that she inspired 2 other girls to join the team this year with her too. She also inspired an older sister of one of her teammates to join the high school team! Pretty impressive for a 3rd grader!
Emily’s favorite athlete is her older brother, Mikey. She also likes dancing, cheerleading for Ridgewood and doing gymnastics.

Way to go, Emily! The Bleacher Boys agree you definitely deserve to be Athlete of the Week! Congratulations and welcome to the huddle.

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