BUCKEYE, Ariz. – The Waldorf College women's wrestling team continues to build its incoming recruiting class with Aisha Simpson joining the squad.
Simpson, a senior at Youngker High School, recently signed a letter of intent with the Warriors.
"It's always great to work with athletes that have so much excitement about the opportunities they have," Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. "Aisha will be a good addition to our middle weights."
A native of Chino, Calif., Simpson moved to Buckeye as a junior. She's been a two-year varsity letter winner while wrestling at the 138s weight class the majority of her prep career. Simpson competed at 132s as a sophomore and also saw mat time for the Roughriders at 152s as senior.
Simpson is the daughter of Rose and Adam Simpson. Becoming the first member of her family to attend a four-year college, she's excited to pursue studies in occupational therapy and special education at Waldorf.
"It means the absolute world to me to be blessed with this opportunity," Simpson said. "It's going to be so awesome setting an example for my younger brother and younger sister and for my older siblings as well."
Wrestling for the Warriors presents a change for Simpson, who competed on boys' teams in high school.
"I've never been on a girls' team before," Simpson said. "It's always been me and the boys, so I'm really excited for this chance."
After looking at more than 50 colleges across the country, Simpson realized Waldorf was her top choice. She said the college offers everything she's looking for in an education, including her major and the chance to participate in theatrical productions.
"I chose Waldorf because I feel like this is where God wants me to be," Simpson said.
Simpson becomes the eighth member of Waldorf's 2015-16 recruiting class. Communicating with Gilder during the recruiting process made her feel a warm welcoming from the Warriors.
"He made me feel wanted and that I could make a valuable contribution to this team," Simpson said. "He got me excited about Waldorf and the opportunities that are waiting there."