Socastee girl wrestler key contributor to Braves state title contender

Socastee's Quin Gammon and the Braves are headed to the AAA State semifinals.

Quin Gammon puts her long hair inside her head gear when she wrestles. If you went to see a Socastee dual meet, you would never know that Gammon is one of the few female wrestlers at the varsity level in South Carolina until she took that headgear off.

Gammon is the Braves 113 pound wrestler and has racked up over 70 wins in her varsity career. On Monday night, she scored a 11-6 decision over Jermaine Robinson in the final match of Socastee's 52-9 win over Hilton Head in the 3A quarterfinals. Gammon has a 19-10 record in her senior year wrestling against boys.

"A lot of people don't expect a girl to be in a sports that's male dominated, but I guess there's just a few of us out here," Gammon said after her win on Monday night. "I like being looked at just as a wrestler. A lot of people come up and say, hey that's pretty good for a girl, but I want to be known as a good wrestler, not just a girl wrestler."

Gammon has earned All-American honors when wrestling against girls. She finished 6th in the USA Girls' Folk Style tournament in Oklahoma City in 2011 and won a Southeast regional championship in Atlanta. Braves coach Jeff Gibbins knows that his 113 pound wrestler garners a lot of attention for his program and the sport of wrestling.

"She packs the stands real well," Gibbins said. "Everyone comes to see Quin wrestle and at the same time, they get to see Dylan Martin, Justin Knipper (a state champ), they get to see everybody else. She gets them here, wrestles here and performs. She's a big asset to the sport right now especially at Socastee. We're going to hate to lose her next year."

Gibbins is hopeful that Quin will become the first girl in South Carolina named to the North-South all-star match. She will not wrestle after this season and plans to study chemistry at either Clemson or the College of Charleston. Socastes hosts Saint James on Wednesday in the 3A state semifinals.