In just her first year of wrestling, Zoe Long became the first student-athlete from Frankfort to medal at the Girls State Wrestling Tournament presented by the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches Association.
Wrestling for Franklin County, Long finished sixth in the 182-pound weight class earlier this month in the second annual girls state tournament at Tates Creek High School.
Long, an eighth-grader at Elkhorn Middle School, is the daughter of Laura Sharfe.
SJ: What other sports do you participate in, and which is your favorite?
Long: I’ve done archery and softball, but I have to say wrestling is my all-time favorite.
SJ: What do you like about wrestling?
Long: It’s really fun, it’s difficult, it’s really challenging. It takes a lot of work to get there. You have to do the work and push yourself, but once you do, it helps with a lot of different things, not just wrestling. Like if you were ever kidnapped, there are moves you could do that would actually help you defend yourself. It just helps you a lot.
SJ: What’s your favorite sports memory?
Long: This may sound strange, but when I get in fights with my teammates and we yell at each other and stuff. Sometimes we have wrestle-offs.
SJ: Who has had the biggest influence on your athletic career?
Long: I’d have to say my boyfriend, Memphis Martin, and his dad, and some of my teammates.
SJ: How long do you think you’ll wrestle?
Long: I can see myself wrestling for a few more years. I could probably wrestle until my senior year, but that would be a challenge. I know I can do it.