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School Says No To Girl On Wrestling Team

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A 16-year-old Newtown High School student just wants a shot at being part of the school's brand new wrestling team but the school says no way. Why? Because she's a girl.

Amanda Leve is a junior at Archbishop Ryan High School. After school you'll find her practicing Brazilian Jujitsu.

This self-professed tomboy has a younger brother but dad Michael says his daughter was the only one who shared his passion for martial arts and ultimate fighting.

"As a father you're ok with your little girl doing this? I love it we sit down after tournaments and watch all her fights critique them," her father Michael Leve said. "To see the dedication she has makes me proud"

Now Amanda wants to show off her skills on Archbishop Ryan's new wrestling team.

She believes wrestling will help land her a college scholarship, but her Catholic school wasn't on board with the idea of her joining the team.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia tells FOX 29 wrestling is a full contact sport open to boys only and this rule is in place to make sure the sport is safe for everyone who participates.

The Archdiocese also says this rule reflects the catholic teaching that gender differences are important and play a role in the development of mature Christian identity.

Amanda says all she wants a chance to compete and win

"When you win it's an incredible feeling, all your hard work paid off, you live for that moment you get your hand raised," Amanda said.

Amanda's dad says the school hasn't completely ruled out the idea of a girl joining the wrestling team. He says the archbishops will meet in April to discuss the matter, but by then the wrestling season will be over.

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