Nari Miller is embraced by her mother, Regina Palmer, after Palmer surprised Nari with flowers before her senior night match Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 at Edison High School in Minneapolis, Minn. Palmer was supposed to be at work, but her boss found out about senior night and told her to leave immediately so she could get there. When Miller started wrestling, her single mom was already uneasy about the youngest of her two children participating in the sport known for its brutality. Then she showed up to watch the first match and saw her daughter's opponent run onto the mat. âWait, that's a boy,â she said aloud.
An Edison coach was sitting near her. âYeah, she wrestles boys.â