COLORADO SPRINGS — They are mean, lean and a fighting machine.
And the best part? They are girls.
"Wrestling is a boy's sport. Girls aren't supposed to wrestle, like that is not appropriate or you are going to get hurt."
It's the word's Doherty junior Sarah Savidge has heard all her life.
Yet this year is the first season of high school girls wrestling in the state of Colorado after two pilot seasons.
A major barrier broken, especially for the girls on the Doherty high school girl's wrestling team.
"Now that we are CHSAA sanctioned, we get the recognition we deserve" explained Doherty sophomore wrestler, Naomi Kidd. "Volleyball is a more popular sport and people tend to go there, so hopefully more people come to us."
"It has grown tremendously," said Doherty assistant wrestling coach Sam Martinez, on how much the team has grown over the years. "When we first took over the program, we had one or maybe two girls every year that would come out. In the last couple of years, we have really seen it grow."
For this season, girls from D11, and D20 have come together to create one team at Doherty High, putting rivalries aside for a greater goal.
"Being with people that have common interest as me (is awesome)," added Kidd. "But not only that, but they are females. So I thought it was really exciting to have a team."
"I think it is a lot deeper than just doing the sport itself," professed Savidge. "It really changes the way I think."
And the hope is that the sport continues to grow.
"I have two daughters at home and they really look up to the girls' wrestlers," stated Martinez. "So they are just setting that precedent. Kind of paving the way for the future generations of the girls wrestling, so that is really cool to see."