GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Thirty girls in various age groups from Colorado, Texas and California received help on their wrestling techniques from CMU head women's wrestling coach Travis Mercado.
It was part of the program's first women's wrestling camp.
"I've never seen a lot of these girls, actually," said Eagle Crest high school's Emily Llamas. "So it's really cool to wrestle new bodies and just get a feel of other girls that you could possibly be wrestling with in the future and just get better at wrestling.
Mercado was hired as the inaugural coach of the program last month.
"Being a male dominated sport sometimes the girls tend to lose that fun factor," said Mercado. "But now that women's wrestling has it's own place and they get to compete against girls they'll be able to have fun, longevity and build the sport long-term."
The CMU women's wrestling team will compete in the fall of this year.