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New review panel clears Lancaster girl to wrestle on JV team

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 21:06:46-05

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new review panel has cleared 12-year-old Trista Blasz to wrestle on the Lancaster High School JV wrestling team.

The decision came this morning after the three-person panel met, according to Blasz's mother. She is expected to attend her first practice at 4 p.m. today.

Blasz's initial request was denied by a separate panel that included now-former Lancaster Central Schools medical director Dr. Michael Terranova. Her medical evaluation, signed by Terranova, included the handwritten message "Girls don't play boys sports in Lancaster Schools." Blasz, a seventh grader at Lancaster Middle School, had passed two physical tests mandated by New York State,

Twenty-eight hours after the story first appeared on 7 Eyewitness News and wkbw.com, the school board voted unanimously to terminate the district's 35-year partnership with Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics, where Terranova is employed.

The district is now using Forestream Pediatrics in Depew as its medical partner.

Blasz's story has attracted national media attention, including an article in Tuesday's Washington Post.