MEDFORD -- Elijah Bayne (10) and his sister, Rayanne Bayne (13) have not entered high school yet, but between the two of them, they have more than 30 wrestling national championships. Rayanne is the four-time reigning USA Wrestling national champion and Elijah has already won three Trinity belts (earned if you win a national championship at all three major national tournaments in the same year).
Elijah is home-schooled and Rayanne is semi-home schooled as the pair travel around the country competing. Elijah travels anywhere from 8 to 9 months out of the year and competes for a team based in Pennsylvania. All of the passion grew out of a hatred for falling short.
"I went to my first practice and really liked it and then in my first tournament I ever wrestled, I started losing and I was like, “I cannot lose again, so I have to work harder," Elijah Bayne said.
By six years old, he was competing at Tulsa Nationals, the marquee youth wrestling tournament in the country. As he continued, his partners continued to grow too large for him, so that's where Rayanne's wrestling story began.
“All his partners outgrew him, so I’m like, “Alright, I guess I’ll try it. I’ll wrestle with him.” I liked it, so I just started practicing more," Rayanne Bayne said.
She became far more than just a wrestling partner for her brother; Rayanne became one of the top girls wrestlers in the country. She has won 12 national championships, including Oklahoma Girls Nationals early on in her career. Rayanne sees wrestling as a way to better her future.
“I don’t think I’m going to go to the Olympics, but I want to get through college with it and it’s probably going to help me," Rayanne Bayne said.
Meanwhile, Elijah's wrestling ambition cannot be contained by a ring.
"I'd like to go to college, get into the Olympics, try to win them, and get four NCAA titles."
He's shooting for the stars and based on his success by the age of 10, why not?
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