Female teen wrestler turning heads in Pa. and beyond

July 5, 2012 4:17:37 PM PDT
In a sport dominated by boys, a 4-foot 10-inch tall girl is making a name for herself.

Friends' Central School sophomore Olivia LoGiurato is the first female wrestler to ever medal in the Pennsylvania Boys Independent Wrestling Tournament this year

And oh - by the way, the 15-year-old has only been wrestling for two years

"Like, you beat a boy and they feel really bad about themselves. But if you lose, then it's like, 'It's okay, it's a boy,'" she said.

As much as she loves beating up on the boys, Olivia is really turning heads in women's wrestling.

She finished in the top 12 in the entire country last year at the junior nationals, and she's won two tournaments in Canada over the last two years in her 106-pound weight class.

Olivia is hoping all the sweat and all the hard work continues to pay off so she can one day make the U.S. Olympic team. Right now she's eyeing the 2016 games in Rio.

"I would love it, I don't know what I would do," said Olivia. She told me getting on the Olympic team would be a dream come true.

"It will take an awful lot of dedication, an awful lot of work," said her coach Ron Tirpak.

Up next, the junior nationals next week. That's where she'll try to continue to make her moves climbing the national rankings.


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