Abington female wrestler wins first gold medal in school and league history, boys take 2nd in SOL

Grace Clift, a junior at Abington Senior High School, made wrestling history by winning the 2024 Suburban One League (SOL) Championships on Wednesday, February 7.

Clift’s gold medal is the first to be won by a female in school history. It’s also the first female win in league history: 2023-2024 marked the first season the SOL had girls’ wrestling.

“It feels really good to put it on,” she said. Clift told CBS News that her journey started with her aggressive approach to practice.

“I also wrestle a lot of my male teammates. So, it made it easier to face girls,” she said.

Abington Athletic Director Charles Grasty said she has a lot to teach younger athletes.

“I hope, not only girls, younger girls, but younger boys get a chance to talk to her and meet her and listen to her story,” Grasty said. “It would be very inspirational.”

Clift took 5th at the District 1/12 Championships at William Tennent on Saturday, February 17, and has qualified for Southeast Regional Tournament, according to the Abington Wrestling Facebook page.

The boys’ wrestling team will head to Quakertown for the District 1 Section East tournament on Saturday, February 27. The Ghosts finished second in the league to Quakertown this year.

Individual performances at the SOL Liberty Championships on Thursday, February 15 included:

107 – Bradley Bennett 4th
121 – Nate Sanders 3rd
133 – John Kaplan 1st
145 – Elijah Brown 3rd
160 – Ryan Solomon 2nd
172 – Rob Hessmann 1st
189 – Dylan Keisling 1st
215 – John Wright 1st
285 – Solomon Wesley 3rd

For CBS’ video coverage, you can click here.

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Photos: Abington Wrestling Facebook page | Screengrab: CBS News