Hope Williamson

Goose Creek High School senior Hope Williamson (front) center signed a letter of intent with Lindenwood University’s women’s wrestling program.

Senior Hope Williamson is headed to the Show Me State after graduation.

Former Goose Creek High School wrestling coach Nick Geary believes it’s a fitting destination. He said Williamson has had to show what she is about every day after stepping on to the wrestling mat as a sophomore. Williamson has been rewarded for her efforts with an opportunity to wrestle for Lindenwood University’s women’s team.

“When a girl steps onto the wrestling mat of a boys team, they are often met with skepticism, doubt, and even resentment from both boys and girls alike,” Geary said, “but that didn’t matter to Hope. She showed up each day. She worked in the offseason and put time in the weight room. She wrestled with some of the best wrestlers in the state of South Carolina on a daily basis in the practice room and never made excuses.”

She is the first female wrestler in Berkeley County to sign a national letter of intent in the sport of wrestling.

Williamson has recruited other girls in the school to join the wrestling team and won an individual state championship in a girls division as a sophomore.

“She encouraged other girls to join the team with her and, that same year, the girls squad placed atop the team standings at the girls state championships,” Geary said.

The Lady Gators finished No. 1 in the team standings Williamson’s junior year, too, as Williamson brought home a silver.

Outside of school, Williamson has spent the last two years traveling with the South Carolina girls’ national team, competing as far away as Oklahoma and Texas.

It won’t be long until Williamson will be in St. Charles, Missouri representing Lindenwood in the 130-pound weight class.

“Women’s wrestling in South Carolina and around the country is growing at a rapid pace,” said Geary, who stepped down after last season. “For Hope to be a part of it with an opportunity to take her passion to the next level is really something to be proud of.”