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Girl power

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

Photos by Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News Atascadero High School freshman Allison Jespersen tosses her practice partner to the mat during a practice on AHS on Tuesday. Below, AHS head coach Greg Hazelhofer stands with Jespersen.

Freshman Allison Jespersen finishes season as first girl wrestler for Hounds

Three girls began a historic season in Atascadero High School, and freshman Allison Jespersen lasted through the tough season to become the first girl wrestler at AHS, and is not finished yet.

Jespersen will travel to Eleanor Roosevelt High School today for the CIF Southern Section Masters tournament and wrestle in the 108-pound weight class.

Jespersen finished in sixth place in the 108s at the PAC 8 League finals to earn the trip, and she needs to finish in the top eight to advance to CIF State.

This season is Jespersen’s first experience in wrestling, but has four years of mixed martial arts experience with The Pit North and BJJ Jujitsu.

“My sister beat me up when I was little,” Jespersen said laughing and explaining why she began a career in MMA.

She was inspired by UFC fighter Rhonda Rousey, and aspires to be a UFC fighter herself one day.

“You learn something new every day,” Jespersen said about her fighting experiences.

Adapting her style from jujitsu to high school wrestling was not an overnight process.

“I had a few matches but was not used to wrestling yet, so I was locking my arms a lot and lost points for that,” Jespersen said.

Taking on the rest of the PAC 8, and now the rest of the Southern Section, the stakes are high for the rookie wrestler, but

“I think they are good, because I believe in myself,” Jespersen said. “I learned that I could do more than I thought I could.”

During the season, Jespersen had a weekly schedule of judo, jujitsu, and kickboxing, as well as softball. Hard to believe, she is also a student — and is required to get straight A’s in order to continue her MMA training.

“She is a really remarkable girl,” AHS head wrestling coach Greg Hazelhofer said. “At the last school I was at, I had some girl wrestlers, and they had talent, but they were not the whole package like Allison is.”

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