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Monaghan Making Her Mark on the Mat
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-07-14

            By the time Trinity Monaghan was 10 years old, her mother had given up hope that her daughter would latch onto a physical activity. Angie

Trinity Monaghan displays her wrestlint mec-

als.  The Harleysville resident has been comp-

eting on the mat since eighth greade.

Monaghan signed her daughter up for ballet, T-ball, soccer, and cheerleading. However, none of it piqued her interest.

            Trinity discovered wrestling during an eighth grade gym class. Since then, the sport has emerged as a priority.

            Besides competing for the team at Souderton Area High School, the Harleysville resident has developed into one of the top female wrestlers in Pennsylvania. In March, she won her weight class at the 2021 MyHouse PA Girls State Championship Tournament in Manheim.

            Last month, Trinity competed in the 2021 Junior National Duals in Tulsa, OK as a member of the Pennsylvania women's National Team. This week, she is expected to participate in the 2021 USA Wrestling Junior and 16U National Championships at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.

            "My daughter's passion for wrestling is absolutely amazing," Angie Monaghan wrote in an email message. "To see her achieve and grow in so many ways because of [the sport] is a true blessing."

            Since her freshman season, Trinity has wrestled for the Indians. Competing against the boys, she has collected a 7-24 record. Last season, she won three of her 10 bouts at 215 pounds and in the heavyweight class.

            Outside of school, Trinity competes in freestyle, which focuses on exposure points, and folkstyle wrestling, while placing more emphasis on controlling your opponent. She trains two or three nights a week with the Mohawk Wrestling Club, located in Feasterville-Trevose.

            Trinity initially grappled during a class at the Indian Valley Middle School. After attending a team practice, she was hooked.  "I thought it was different," she said. "And I've enjoyed it ever since."

            However, her parents were more skeptical.  "Are you crazy?" asked Angie, a preschool teacher at the Red Hill Christian School. 

Angie Monaghan wondered if her daughter would stick with the sport. Three days later, Trinity and her parents went shopping for wrestling shoes. Angie described it as a sign that her daughter would continue with the sport.

            Trinity's participation enhanced her self-esteem and built her self-confidence, according to Angie Monaghan. She said her daughter lost a lot of weight and deterred related bullying.

            "Trinity was able to channel all her frustrations into the matches," Angie Monaghan said.

            On the mat against other girls, Trinity utilizes her size and strength to score leverage takedowns, according to Chris Atkinson, Souderton's new head wrestling coach and the women's director for Pennsylvania USA Wrestling.

"She's a bull," Atkinson said.

            During her senior season at Souderton, Trinity expects to compete regularly. According to Atkinson, she has put in the time to be a starter.

            "Trinity works very hard," said the coach, who has served the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the school. "She can compete. She did a great job getting herself into shape."

Additionally, Trinity wants to promote the growth of girls wrestling at her school. She says she's heard talk of the possibility, but isn't sure if it's going to happen.

            Currently the PIAA does not officially sanction girls wrestling as a high school sport. It has stated that 100 schools need to sponsor a girls wrestling team before the association will sanction it and create a PIAA Girls Wrestling State Championship. Thirteen schools, none in District 1, have officially started a girls wrestling program, according to information posted at Pa-wrestling.com.


 

 

 

 

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