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Lancaster School Board terminates contract with doctor who denied girl right to wrestle

Posted at 8:25 AM, Nov 23, 2019

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Lancaster Central Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Saturday morning to terminate the district's contract with medical director, Dr. Michael Terranova.

Dr. Terranova denied a request from 12-year-old student Trista Blasz to wrestle on the JV boys' wrestling team. On the form in which he said she was not cleared, he wrote, "girls don't play boys sports in Lancaster Schools."

Blasz, a seventh grader at Lancaster Middle School, was not cleared to wrestle despite passing two physical tests mandated by New York State.

Dr. Terranova was an independent contractor and not a district employee.

The board voted to begin a partnership with a new district medical director, which will review Blasz's request.