Photo by John Herndon
Courtney Pittman relaxes while surrounded by some of the awards she has won in wrestling. She shares the room with her pet gecko in their Anderson County home.
Creating her path on the mat

It was only her first wrestling match but there was just something different about Courtney Pittman.

And it had little to do with the fact the she was taking the mat against boys.

Yes, she.

And even though she lost, she was good.

Courtney was in the sixth grade at Anderson County Middle School when a teacher, Shannon Knight, suggested she do something almost unheard of in these parts and give the Mustang wrestling team a try.