Milford’s Kayla Batres took up wrestling at age 8 to improve her Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu skills in the martial arts field. Now the rising 8th grader at West Shore Middle School has visions of one day representing the United States on the mat.
“I got to meet Olympic champion Helen Maroulis,” said Batres, who wrestles with South Side Wrestling Club and did her research on the three-time World champion. “She was the first women to win an Olympic gold medal (in Brazil, 2016). She was young (age 7) when she started.”