It just runs in the family.
With father Gary Mcaleavey coaching from the stands inside the Berry Center, Amanda Mcaleavey joined the family tradition of wrestling champions.
Mcaleavey defeated Keller Central’s Adia Ronea 4-0 to win the Class 6A-110 pound State Championship and finish the 2019 season with a perfect record of 47-0.
“My sister (Anna) won state and now I won,” Mcaleavey said. “It’s a family tradition.”
Coming back this year after a third place finish in the 102-pound weight class a year ago, Mcaleavey said the key to her success was more mental than anything.
“Definitely mindset, 100 percent,” she said. “I just didn’t really want to lose. I didn’t let myself lose, I didn’t give up on any matches.”
As the match went on, Gary could be heard yelling out things he was seeing from the stands and encouraging Amanda along the way.
“That was my dad, I always hear him from wherever he is,” Mcaleavey said. “I’m always listening, I can always hear him.”
The moment after she had shaken hands with the opposing coaches, Mcaleavey ran and flung her self into her coaches open arms.
They embraced and celebrated.
“We’ve been through a lot this whole season,” Mcaleavey said. “A lot of hard work, a lot of late nights practicing and just never quit.”