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Teen makes history as the first female wrestler in South Carolina to win individual state championship

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  • Asian American athlete June Welch, 16, made history on Saturday by becoming the first female wrestler in South Carolina to win an individual wrestling state championship.
  • The Woodruff High School sophomore defeated Chester High School’s Eduardo De Paz in the Class 3A 106-pound championship.
  • Welch’s win earned her a standing ovation from the crowd at the Anderson Civic Center.
  • After the match, her mother, Kathleen Welch, said, “June broke a barrier. She enabled other girls to realize that they might be able to do that.”

A South Carolina sophomore recently became the first female wrestler in the state to win an individual wrestling state championship.

Woodruff High School’s June Welch made history on Saturday after defeating Chester High School’s Eduardo De Paz in the Class 3A 106-pound championship at the Anderson Civic Center, according to The State.

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