Alexis Porter gets her hand raised after picking up a win at the NWCA All-Star Classic (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
The Wyoming Wrestling Regional Training Center (WWRTC) made history this week after adding Alexis Porter to its roster.
Porter will become the first female resident of the WWRTC in its 11-year history. She is a 2020 Olympic hopeful.
"I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the WWRTC and work alongside (University of Wyoming Coach and WWRTC Director) Mark Branch and all of the UW wrestling staff," says Porter, who hails from Clifton Park, N.Y. "It's a special thing to have the support from people whose vision aligns with your own. I think this move is going to help me jump levels, and I can't wait to continue working towards my goal of becoming a world and Olympic champion."
Prior to the WWRTC, she attended McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., and was a member of the women's wrestling team from 2014-19. She was a team captain, a university national champion and a four-time Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association All-America honoree.
Porter comes to Laramie with a robust list of accolades in the freestyle discipline. Porter is a Junior World bronze medalist, two-time Junior World Team member, Junior Pan Am Champion and four-time Fargo High School national champion. She finished fifth in the 2016 Olympic Team Trials.
Porter's father Jesse trained her from the age of 9, and Alexis grew up wrestling males as part of her regular training regimen. Her brother Jesse trains in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site. She will train in freestyle against current Cowboy wrestlers, all of whom are members of the WWRTC.
Branch jumped at the chance to add Porter to the WWRTC ranks.
"This is such an exciting opportunity for the WWRTC. Women's wrestling is an emerging sport across the nation, and we are fortunate to be able to get a young, energetic contender here in Laramie," Branch says. "I am looking forward to seeing what this partnership means for wrestling in general, but more specifically, the WWRTC."
Porter joins former Wyoming Wrestling standout Branson Ashworth on the WWRTC senior freestyle roster.