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14 year old Rory Coscia working to be the women's UFC champion
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article By Fighter girls staff

Rory Coscia is a 14 year old 8th grade female who entered the sport of wrestling about 3 years ago. In that time, she's wrestled year round from the start and has had over 140 matches. She wrestles both boy and girls. Her record against girls is 72 wins, 10 losses. She went 37-3 in female competition last year as a 7th grader. She wins just over 50% of her matches against boys. Rory's big accomplishments thus far are: Becoming the 2013 Girls' Middle School California State Champion last year at 112 lbs, besting 34 girls in her weight bracket. Placed 3rd (110lbs) at the 2013 USGWA National Championships in Michigan. Most recently in October placed 3rd at the NUWAY "Freakshow" in Las Vegas (Huge Tournament) where she was the only middle school student in a sizable division of high school females.
Rory is a 4.0 student at Savage Middle School in Modesto California where she also plays Flag Football, and runs Track as well. Her goals are to defend her State Title in March, earn a State and National title in high school, wrestle all 4 years in college, make the Womens' Olympic Wrestling Team, and fight in the UFC someday. In the off season, her weekly schedule includes 2 to 3 club wrestling practices and completing 2 strength and conditioning sessions too. In her spare time she enjoys her phone, drawing pictures, riding bikes and skateboarding too.

Interview questions from FIGHTER GIRLS:

What first interested you / got you started in wrestling?

When I was in 5th grade, a teacher at my school noticed how athletic I was and asked me if Iíd like to try wrestling on the team he coached. I started practicing a few months later when I was a 6th grader. At that time I had never been on a sports team or played any sports except for recess and P.E. activities at school. I knew very little about wrestling, but found it to be a lot of fun.

How long have you been wrestling?

Iíve been wrestling year round for about two and a half years. During the school season I wrestle with my team and during the off season I train with a wrestling club 3 days a week so I can continue to get better.

How do you feel as a girl in a male dominated sport? What is it like to
fight the boys on the mat?

Iím fine with it. Practicing with boys makes me better, and wrestling against boys provides a challenge that I enjoy. The number of girl events is growing each year, and and many of the regular tournaments we attend have girl divisions. When I can, I enter both girls and boys divisions.

What is your favorite thing about wrestling?

Itís a really tough & physical sport, so I think just being successful is my favorite part. Iíve had a lot of really neat experiences through wrestling that I probably wouldnít have had, like traveling out of state for big tournaments and meeting professional athletes.

Wrestling is a time consuming extra circular activity with lots of
training and weight management involved. Is it hard to balance all that
and school?

Yes, it can be a challenge to keep up with it all. I want to wrestle in college, so I work hard in school and do my best to keep a 4.0. If I have the grades to prove Iím a serious student, my chances of wrestling in college are a lot better. Weight management hasnít been too difficult yet, but I do have do watch what I eat. To ensure I make weight for big tournaments I change my diet several weeks before the event.

Do you know anything about MMA? Might you be interesting in diversifying
and trying it out one day?

Absolutely, I love MMA! Iím already learning how to strike, and I know a few submissions too, mostly key-locks, and chokes. For now, wrestling is my focus and Iím hoping it will get me into college. Iíd really like to continue learning to fight so I can combine those skills with my wrestling and possibly fight in the UFC someday.

What drives you to continue wrestling and training?

Mostly itís my love for the sport, I want to be the best. Also the opportunities the sport will provide me in my future. I get a lot of encouragement from my family and my coach supports me a lot too. The last two or three years have been a lot of fun, and Iím looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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