I.C. West's Jasmine Bailey One of Nation's Top Female Wrestlers

By Scott Westerberg, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It's nearly impossible for Jasmine Bailey to go unnoticed on the wrestling mat.

She's one of the few girls competing on the varsity level in the state of Iowa. One day, Jasmine hopes that will no longer be the case.

"Hopefully, women's wrestling gets big enough that there isn't so much drama around it," she said.

Whatever people on the outside think, in the Iowa City West wrestling room Jasmine is just another member of the team.

"We all just got used to her," a teammate said. "It's not really that big of a deal. It's just part of who we are as a team."

"I got a lot of respect for her," another teammate said. "It's crazy how she's the only girl on the wrestling team, and she's varsity."

Jasmine's career won't end this winter. Next year, she'll attend McKendry University in Illinois and join the women's wrestling team.

In 2012, Jasmine competed in the Cadet Pan-Am championships in Venezuela, and placed third.

"It was great experience to get to spend time with the national team," she said. "And to meet people who know wrestling but don't necessarily know English. That could be the thing we have in common."
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