West Craven wins first ever Eastern Plains Conference women’s wrestling championship meet

VANCEBORO, N.C. (WITN) – It’s the first season of women’s wrestling as a stand-alone NCHSAA high school sport in North Carolina. The three teams in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference met tonight for their first-ever women’s conference championship meet.

“Very cool because we tried to encourage so many girls and only so many came out,” says North Pitt’s Anita Zamora, “Hoping them seeing how hard we work and how we win is going to encourage them to come join us.”

“Last year we had to start up the program by ourself,” says West Craven’s McKenzie Brown, “This year I brought out all the girls on our team and being able to wrestle with them made my year a whole lot better.”

Ayden-Grifton, North Pitt, and West Craven battled for their first-ever conference title in Vanceboro with West Craven claiming the team title.

“It has been a really long goal,” says Brown, “All of us teamwise and we have all come a long way this year. I’m pretty proud of us.”

One of the top matches was a back-and-forth battle at 235 pounds for the title. Tied into the final seconds.

“You hear them get louder and louder as you are doing better,” says Zamora, “Even as you are not doing good. They are still sitting their cheering on like they are there and they got your back the whole time.”

Anita came out the champion with a late escape winning 9-7 and says it feels great to be a champion.

“I don’t deserve it, I earned it and I’m proud of myself. I am proud of my team for being there each way. My coach for pushing me because there were so many practices that I wanted to stop,” says Zamora, “My mom she came to every match. My sister she put her sports on the line for mine. It just feels great. I put work into this. I earned it. I know I am going to do this my three years of high school.”