Inside the Story: Utah family paving the way for girls in wrestling


(KUTV) The best of the best in high school wrestling met at the Legacy Events Center in Davis County, all competing in one of the toughest, most grueling and body bending sports.

And right on the front line of it all: the Bush family.

"We are a wrestling family," said dad, Kasey Bush.

That family not only includes two boys, but two girl wrestlers.

One of them is Kierstien.

"I'm 15 years old and I wrestle 106 pounds," she said.

She won fifth place in a divisional championship tournament by pinning her opponent in the first round.

"It felt great," she said.

Her brother, 16-year-old McKay, is a sophomore at Bonneville High. He also qualified for state in the tournament.

"Wrestling is just perfect, because I'm always moving," he said.

Kierstien and McKay actually wrestle the same weight: 106 pounds. But McKay isn't afraid to say his sister can beat him.

"She's got really good technique and she's got more muscle," he said.

The other Bush kids include 14-year-old Austin, and 18-year-old Samantha, or Sam as she prefers.

Sam ended up separating her shoulder on day one of this two-day tournament. She wrestles 120 pounds.

Sam is so good she became only the second girl in Utah history to get a wrestling college scholarship.

"I just signed a national letter of intent to MacMurrray College," Sam said.

She didn't even start wrestling until her sophomore year.

"I came out and tried it and I fell in love with it," she said.

Kierstien, who has stitches above her eye, started wrestling when she was just 8 years old.

She said beating boys is all about technique.

"With the guys, you can't out muscle them, you can't throw them," she said. "So you have to work on your angles."

"In our house, the girls really do rule the roost," said their dad.

Kasey Bush, who wrestled in high school, believes this sport teaches his kids valuable skills.

"By them being able to battle through the losses and learning how to fail and keep pushing forward and going builds such self confidence in them," he said.

This family is helping to set the latest trend of girl wrestlers across the country, but they just want to wrestle.

"I don't think of it as, 'Oh I'm wrestling a boy or I'm wrestling girls,'" Sam said. "I'm up against a competitor and I'm going to win."

"It's cool. It's great. And it's building. But I'm not really a girl wrestler; I'm just a wrestler out here," said Kierstien.