Warner’s Tori French – Athlete of the Month Presented By Cross

By Travis Sloat

Tori French is a freshman on a mission, and as the first girl wrestler for Warner High School, she’s shaking things up in more ways than one. 

French credits her success — which includes second place finishes at junior high and high school state, as well as first place in the Maverick Conference — to being the most determined player out there. 

“My friend Eliana Salas told me I should try wrestling because she enjoyed it and thought I would too,” French said. “I think I’m so successful because I am determined and always try my hardest at whatever I do. When I go out on the mat, no matter who I am going against I am always confident. I tell myself I got this and I’m going to run the match.” 

That confidence and work ethic has earned French a 10-5 record and the preceding honors. French wrestles in the 195 pound weight class, and she also throws the shot put and discus for the Warner track team. 

Scott Mayfield coaches the wresting team for the Eagles, and he had similar things to say about French’s work ethic. 

“Tori is a high character athlete who always goes above and beyond in everything she does,” Mayfield said. “Her success this year has been a direct result of a hard working, coachable attitude. She is a leader in and out of the classroom and competes in every area of her life. I am super proud to have Tori be a part of our Warner Eagles’ wrestling family.” 

Eschewing team sports for ones with a solo dynamic can lead to more pressure on an athlete, something French said she enjoys. 

“I love the sports I play because even though you are on a team, your results depend all on you,” she said. “So you can’t blame anyone but yourself for how the game goes. It’s all on you.” 

French said she wants to keep climbing the rungs of the state championship ladder, and eventually would like to go to college on a wrestling scholarship. She plans to one day be an anesthesiologist. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing for crappie and catfish, and and swimming. 

Even though she’s a tough competitor and hard worker, French said her coaches deserve a lot of the credit. 

“They have helped me the entire way to where I am,” she said. “They always give me great advice and tips on what I need to work on. No matter if I win or lose, they are always proud of me and how far I have come this year. They always believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself, and I am so thankful for them.”