Breaking Barriers

Savannah Vold had a hunch she’d take to a sport formerly reserved for boys. But the Rochester Mayo senior had no idea it would consume her this much.

Vold went from dipping her toe into wrestling as a sophomore, when she got a close look at things as the Mayo High School wrestling student manager, to nervously slipping on a Spartans singlet for the first time as a junior.

“I was on the border about whether to go out for wrestling or not,” said Vold, who for the last two years has been the only girl who’s stuck with wrestling the entire season at Mayo, and is just one of two of them at the high school level in Rochester. “But going out for the wrestling team was the best decision I’ve made in my life. Wrestling is great for girls. It teaches you discipline and resilience, makes you stronger and gives you a great mindset. All the things I’ve learned from wrestling, I’ll take them with me for the rest of my life.”

Vold grew up appreciating the “tough-person” approach. That’s been in good part due to her attachment to her father, Aaron Vold, a former mixed martial arts fighter and coach, and a 1994 Mayo High graduate. Continue reading at

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