PHOENIX, N.Y. (WSYR) — The inaugural year for Phoenix girl’s wrestling brought a lot of firsts, but for America Figueras, her season of firsts was for a different reason. After wrestling for her high school in Las Vegas, America moved to Central New York.
“I thought when I first moved here that I wasn’t going to be able to wrestle, but they accepted me, and I wrestled on the boy’s team. It’s okay. Now, we have a girls’ team, so that hard work pays off in the end,” said Figueras.
Her hard work did pay off. America ended the season with a third-place finish in her weight class at the New York State Invitational. That want to win was something she learned during her time in Las Vegas.
“My coach in Vegas was a maniac. He was pushing me 100% to my limit, and that’s what I just brought over here to my team,” said Figueras.
That experience helped the team get to where they are in only one season.
“It was really cool. She did show a lot of extra moves and little hints and tricks to younger wrestlers. They didn’t know how to wrestle, and she was a great role model for girls. She brings grit, you know, screams, artwork, a warrior, a lady Firebird,” said head coach Tracy Norton.
Although her high school career is over, she hopes to continue wrestling at the next level because, for America, this sport has given her everything.
“Better mentality, better person, better body, better family. It was hard at first, but now it’s gotten me through all these years to do something with my life,” Figueras said.
Congratulations, America! You are the Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Student-Athlete of the Week.
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