Written by Julie Silva Friday, 07 February 2014 10:26
The sophomore at Lincoln-Juarez High School had never been involved in sports before signing up for wrestling as a freshman, thinking it would be like boxing.
“I thought it was going to be less work, but now I’m in shape,” Oliva said. “It’s good. I’m healthier. I’m giving it all I’ve got.”
Oliva is one of four regional champs in the area, and the 95-pounder is preparing for the state tournament next weekend in Garland. She credits team captain Danae Sanchez for helping motivate her and get her into shape.
Sanchez, herself a regional champ in the 148-pound weight class, ended up wrestling because of a mistake in her schedule her freshmen year. Her original plan had been to play volleyball, soccer and track. But naturally competitive, Sanchez quickly picked up the sport. She also has three older brothers, one of whom was once a wrestler for Palmview.