Wrestling down stereotypes: Girls' high school team pushes stereotypical boundaries of femininity
LOS ANGELES -- "Boys -- move!" a woman's voice commanded. The wrestling team lollygagged offstage at the lunchtime pep rally at Panorama High School, and the crowd wasn't paying much attention. Suddenly, the DJ cranked a bass-heavy beat, and a group of girls came strolling out. Coach Abby Herrera told the students there had never been an all-girls high school wrestling squad in Los Angeles, but this season, a group of students from Panorama was changing that. "And you're looking at 'em," she said. Fourteen girls, lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, faced their classmates with cold stares. "At 98 pounds," the coach announced. "The Beast: Coellet Rangel." The wrestler, who doubles as a ...