Sierra 'Sissy' Blasone a fierce competitor in male-dominated sport, driven to reach lofty goals.
Don't be surprised by her diminutive 4-foot-10 stature, Sierra "Sissy" Blasone is a fierce competitor for the Sparta High School wrestling team. Influenced by her brother, Blasone began wrestling when she was 6 years old. Now the Sparta sophomore wrestles in the 113-pound weight class at the high school level, has helped the Spartans to a 7-1 start to the season and has aspirations of competing in college and even in the Olympics one day.
Spartans fall to Mount Olive, host Madison on Friday.
The Sparta High School wrestling team opened the 2012-13 season at Mt. Olive Wednesday night. The Spartans made a strong showing but fell 43-32. "This was a very exciting opening match for us," Spartan coach Frank Battaglia said. "We are set to come out and really make a difference this year. We are a relatively young team with more experience and I keep telling the kids we have to start to prove that and turn the corner and bring Sparta back into a competitive mode. I think we accomplished that tonight." "We were tough through the line up," Battaglia said. "We had wrestler get sick and a JV wrestler (Mateo Zapata) stepped up, a first year wrestler, and he gave it his all. He's wrestled for three weeks and he comes in and gives it his …