Taylor Fierbach ranked 22nd in nation

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SPEARFISH — Spearfish’s Taylor Fierbach continues to bolster the wrestling reputation she is generating on a national scale.

The America Women’s Wrestling Federation Top 25 Girls’ National High School rankings have Fierbach ranked 22nd nationally in the 132-pound weight class. 

 Fierbach is a ninth-grader at Spearfish High School.

Fierbach said the preseason ranking is based on the previous year’s accomplishments. 

For instance, she finished third at 127 pounds at the United States Marine Corps girls’ folkstyle tournament last March and earned All-American honors.

“I was just proud of myself of how far that I’ve come, and how much hard work that I’ve put in,” Fierbach said when asked about this year’s ranking, which is one spot above previous marks.

That effort has continued unabated since last March. 

“I have been on the mat a lot more; I’ve been practicing,” Fierbach said. 

She also competed in a couple of large tournaments during the summer.

Those tournaments provided a learning opportunity for Fierbach. One of the lessons was seeing how large a tournament can become.

“I was able to see how many other girls and boys put the same effort and time into what I do as well,” Fierbach said. 

The tournaments served to help keep her skills sharp for this season.

Fierbach plans to work out with the Spearfish Spartans’ high school team for a while this winter. 

She will then travel to some of the girls’ tournaments and try to, as she put it, “get my name out there.”

She would like to wrestle more events this season than in the past. They include three large girls’ tournaments plus a couple of smaller ones. 

Those bigger events include U.S. Marine Corps Folkstyle Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo., in March 2020; the Women’s National Championships in Irving, Texas, in May; and the Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D., in July.

Fierbach does not anticipate competing in any AAU tournaments this season. However, she might practice and help out with the AAU.

She is not resting on her laurels from a training standpoint. “I plan to practice more and harder, and push myself more,” she said.  

Fierbach has mapped out her goals for the upcoming season.

“During the boys’ high school season, I would like to just be more confident wrestling boys, even though I will not wrestle boys in college,” Fierbach said. She would also like to earn a placing in Fargo, N.D., during the girls’ season.

Fierbach said she is a strong wrestler on top and on her feet. Aggressiveness is another of her strong suits, and she said she works hard and puts a lot of time and effort into the sport.

As for improvements, Fierbach said, she would like to be more confident in what she can do. She added she would like to improve her on-mat defense.

Shane Graveman, Taylor’s father, will likely coach her during the girls’ tournaments. He taught her the basics, including that wrestling is mental as well as physical.

“If you want to be good, you have to put that hard work into it, too,” Fierbach said in further describing the lessons Graveman has taught. 

Her interest in wrestling began as a fourth-grader when her younger brother Parker Graveman competed. 

She asked her father if she could start, but he was a bit hesitant. 

“He decided that he would let me try it,” Fierbach said. “And, I loved it.”

She most looks forward to getting her name out there this season. 

As for next year, she would like to be able to chat with some college recruiters.

What appeals to Fierbach the most when it comes to wrestling? “I like how hard you have to work,” she said.

“You kind of just have to push yourself, and you have to be willing to do it.”

Fierbach said being a girl gives her the biggest challenge in the sport. 

She must travel to find other female opponents and has future goals in mind.

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