Mayo grad Vold striving to be the female wrestling coach she never had

Vold was the first female to earn a varsity wrestling letter at Mayo, now she’s hoping to continue to be a trailblazer for girls in the sport at Chatfield.

CHATFIELD — As she looked across the mats during another Mayo wrestling practice, it dawned on Savannah Vold it was about time for her to stop holding a clipboard.

The then-Spartans’ sophomore wrestling manager already had the makeup for the sport, having grown up grappling and wrestling with her father — former UFC fighter and 1994 Mayo graduate Aaron Vold — on the tiny wrestling mat in the family’s basement. That’s where Aaron would also train with other fighters at times. Unbeknownst to her, Savannah was a sponge, soaking it all up.

“Just growing up with my dad being a fighter, I had that background,” Vold said. “Just being younger and getting thrown out with his fighters and stuff like that. I just always loved that aggression.”

She figured now, it was time to turn all those years of learning, into being a member of the Mayo wrestling team. Continue reading at →