Florida recruit ‘can’t wait to hit the mats’

The Waldorf College women’s wrestling team is excited to add Maciel Ramirez to its recruiting class for the upcoming season.

“It’s great to have Maciel on board,” Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. “The level of excitement she brings for the sport of wrestling is contagious.”

Ramirez calls Bronx, N.Y. her hometown and is a 2014 graduate of Oak Ridge High School in Orlando.

A two-year varsity starter and one-year letter winner at Oak Ridge, Ramirez competed at 113 and 120 pounds for the Pioneers. She wrestled at 120 in the Florida girls’ state tournament.

Gilder’s recruiting efforts attracted Ramirez to joining the Warriors’ program. She signed a letter of intent with the team on June 13.

“Coach Gilder was the one who called me and when he told me about women’s wrestling and talked about scholarships, I was like, ‘This is my chance. I’m going to this school no matter how far it is,'” Ramirez said. “Thanks to him, I’m coming to this school.”

Ramirez, the daughter of Saulo Ramirez and Lourdes Ramirez, will pursue a degree in education at Waldorf.

With the wrestling season only a little more than two months away, Ramirez is looking forward to competing for her new team. She said the opportunity to wrestle collegiately allows her to continue her drive and passion for the sport.

“It means that I have another chance to do something that I love and practically live for,” Ramirez said. “To me, wrestling is life. It’s everything to me and now that I have the opportunity to keep on wrestling in college, it just makes me happy. I can’t wait to hit the mats.”