Female Spotlight Athlete of the Week Alyssa Favara

Mar. 18—Name: Alyssa Favara

School: Bishop McCort Catholic

Age: 18

Grade: 12

Sport: Wrestling

Parents: Christine Hescox, of Bellwood, and Michael Favara, of LaBelle, Florida

Athletic achievements: Three-time state champion (2022 in Florida, and 2023 and 2024 in Pennsylvania), three-time regional champ (2022 in Florida, and 2023 and 2024 in Pennsylvania), 2023 Super 32 Challenge national champion, 2022 Powerade Wrestling Tournament champion, ranked No. 4 in the country and multiple time national-team member.

Coach's quote: "Alyssa is only in her third year of wrestling and she is a three-time state champion (one in Florida and two in Pennsylvania). She is committed, consistent, and has an incredible work ethic. She has been a great asset here at Bishop McCort both in the classroom and on the mat. Alyssa is an excellent wrestler and also an excellent student. Her goals are to make world and Olympic teams. I can't wait to see what her future holds." — Bishop McCort assistant wrestling coach Nestor Varona

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: "Age of Adaline"

Favorite book: "Witch & Wizard" by James Patterson

Favorite food: Anything I can have after weigh-ins (Chipotle)

Favorite teacher (subject taught): Ms. Rice (English)

Favorite song: "Almost (Sweet Music)" by Hozier

Favorite app on your phone: Instagram

Outside interests: Baking, reading and singing

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: A llama, just because

Favorite athletic team: Lock Haven women's wrestling team

Athlete most admired: McKendree University wrestler Emma Bruntil

Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Nestor Varona

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: Former Augsburg University wrestler Brooklyn Hays

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the 2023 Super 32 Challenge title

How I got my start: I actually started wrestling as a joke and then it turned into something serious as time went on

To be an Olympic champion — Jake Oswalt