Deposit, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
This week's academic all-star is a trend setter at her school.
She may not have a perfect record on the wrestling mat, but people certainly know who she is ...both on the mat and in the classroom.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces us to this week's Mirabito Academic All-Star, Tozhia Possemato.
"They're fine with me now. It's just like I'm one of the guys...well not a guy, but..."
Hancock senior Tozhia Possemato is no guy.
But she is one of the wrestlers for the Deposit Hancock Varsity wrestling team.
"They treat me just like everyone else. It's not like I'm a girl and I'm different."
Possemato's father got her interested in wrestling.
She started at the modified level, where she admits, she wasn't very good.
But since then, she's gotten much better.
And the other wrestlers and fans take her seriously.
Coach Mike Daly says, "You get in a gym where she has a tight match and all of a sudden she has 300 fans, even if there's only 30 people from Deposit Hancock there. The wrestling community has latched on to her wherever she goes."
It's been a successful season for Possemato.
Since dropping to 103 pounds, she's won more than 20 matches and lost only 3...twice to the same person.
That helped get her a full scholarship to Oklahoma City college.
One of only a handful of schools in the country with a women's wrestling program.
"They're dropping the girl in my weight class that's like first in the nation so I would sign with them so I was, it was really big."
"She was supposed to come out next month and visit the college and he said as soon as I signed, they weren't going to let her come."
Possemato isn't just a star on the mat.
She also excels in the classroom, is on the high honor roll and a member of national honor society.
She wants to major in pre-med, more specifically kidney studies, because her family has a history of kidney trouble.
And that's why Tozhia Possemato is this week's Mirabito Academic All-Star.
In Deposit, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.