Smith is a common last name when it comes to fighting in Fort Madison.
Ryan Smith has been the head wrestling coach at Fort Madison High School for the past 25 years.
Ryan Smith’s son, Teague, is one of the state’s top 170-pound wrestlers with a 28-3 record.
Now Ryan Smith’s daughter is starting to make a name for herself in women’s wrestling.
Mara Smith, Fort Madison High School freshman, 18-3 at 130 pounds for the first year of the Bloodhounds program under head coach Kyle Doherty.
Smith, who is 5ft 7in, also plays on the Bloodhounds women’s basketball team, which is 10-6 this season after beating Clark County, Missouri, on Tuesday.
Smith went 17-1 from the start of the wrestling season with a 1-2 lead to a 10-game winning streak at Friday’s Alliant Energy PowerHouse Super-Regional in Cedar Rapids.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for the State Tournament February 2-3 at the Xtream Arena in Coralville.
The Daily Democrat recently caught up with Mara Smith, High School Athlete of the Week, to find out a little more about her.
What is your favorite sport other than wrestling?
My favorite sport besides wrestling is volleyball.
What do you like about wrestling?
I like that you are in control of your own destiny and the thinking that goes with it.
What is your best wrestling memory?
I don’t have a specific best memory because I just started. I love being part of the first official women’s wrestling team at Fort Madison.
How do you and your teammates entertain workouts?
We love to joke with coaches
Do you have a pre-game or game day routine and what is it?
I like to get up early so that I have time to prepare and think about how my meeting will go. Before matches, I like to talk to my coaches. They comfort me.
Who is the funniest on the team and why?
Maila Blanchard and Tatum Peters. They have the best energy and always have something funny to say. They always make the team laugh and are fun to be around.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My brother, Teague, has been wrestling practically all his life, and the first time I lost a match, he talked to me about how I can’t always win and it will just make me better. He was my huge supporter, not only in wrestling, but in everything I do.
What is your favorite subject at school and why?
Athletic Enhancement because I love to push myself and get stronger. It improves my overall athletic ability.
What is your favorite dish?
My favorite food is chicken, rice and broccoli.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase and why?
Probably shoes, I really like shoes.
What do you like to do in your free time and why?
I like to take naps in my free time because it refreshes me.
What’s your favorite motivational slogan or quote?
Do you think you can or do you think you can’t…you are right
What are your plans for the future in college and career?
I’m only a freshman so I didn’t think about college. Right now I would like to compete in college sports. I’m not sure which career I’ll choose.
What is it about you that would surprise people?
I play basketball and wrestle.
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