Athlete of Week: Gammon one of the guys for Braves

socwrestle-gammon2 (2)There’s a look of fear in the eyes of the guys who step on the mat with Socastee wrestler Quin Gammon. Not so much that they are intimidated by the 113-pound senior; it’s because she’s a girl.

“They’re usually nervous because they’re not used to wrestling against a girl,” said Gammon, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for her performance on the mat, “but I’m used to it.”

Gammon grew up wrestling with younger brother, Logan, who also competes for the No.3-ranked Braves. In her sixth year of organized wrestling and her first as a starter, she is 13-4 at her weight class (18-9 overall) with 13 of those wins coming by pins.

“I’ve liked wrestling since Day One because of how competitive it is,” Gammon said. “It takes a lot of hard work, but it all pays off. This is the most matches I’ve had so I’m really enjoying this season.”

The highlight of her year and wrestling career came earlier this month when Gammon placed third in her weight class at the Palmetto Championships. She has paid her dues and earned the respect of her teammates and opponents. Now Gammon is reaping the rewards, and she hopes better memories will come in the weeks ahead.

“I want to help my team in (the team state tournament) and I want to qualify for (individual) states in my weight class,” Gammon said. “The qualifiers are coming up so this is my last shot.”

Especially since there are limited wrestling opportunities for females at the college level. Gammon knows that her days on the mat are numbered, but also knows she has some control over that number.

“There are some (college) women’s wrestling programs in the Midwest, but I want to go (closer to home) and study chemistry,” she said. “It’s sad to know it’s coming to an end soon but I’m going to make the most of it.”

Photo by Rancier Photography

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