Written by: Wallace Merriman

Lady Bulldog pins two for Bowie High School
Posted on:Dec 30, 2010

In just one wrestling tournament, Bowie High wrestler Dakota Ayers became the school’s all-time leading pins leader for a female with two wins by fall at the Keaser Classic Duals at North County High School in Glen Burnie. The tournament marked the first varsity experience for the second-year Lady Bulldog, who pinned two male opponents, one from Eleanor Roosevelt High School. The 112-pounder said that she doesn’t expect her initial varsity action to be her last. “It’s the encouragement from our coach (that allows us to succeed),” said Ayers. “Even though he coaches (Pete Ward Jr.), he treats us all like we’re his kids.”

Feeling the love from teammates during a match helps a lot, too, she said. But having her mother watching her wrestle is also very important to Ayers.

Bowie wrestling fans might want to take note of Ayers’ recent performance and consider it as a sign of big things to come from such a small package.

Nutrition: The Bowie coaching staff brought in a Bowie-based nutritionist to speak with the wrestling team about how to properly shed and gain weight, as well as the basics of eating properly to maintain good health.

Wallace Merriman is a military master fitness trainer, certified nutritionist and physical fitness consultant for the U.S. government. His lecture session to the Bulldogs was educational and seemed to incite a lot of rethinking of personal eating habits among the team members.

“I take a lot of time to help our youth because that’s where it starts,” said Merriman. “My biggest thing is: Prevention is the best investment.”

One of the top reasons to have a nutritionist speak to the team is the age-old dilemma of wrestlers losing and gaining weight in short periods of time. Starvation and binge eating are the dangerous ways to make weight, but Merriman spoke to the most productive and safe methods of maintaining pounds, especially as it relates to the developing teenage body.

“With the consumption of carbohydrates, our youth eat so much but don’t realize that could be the road to childhood diabetes,” said Merriman. “It just takes education to make better decisions.”

One wrestler who was taking note of Merriman’s words was Ayers.

“I’m actually really glad he came to speak, it was really educational,” she said. “He gave us lots of good information.” Read Full Article