Y O U R O T H E R L I F E
A Grappler to the Core
After visiting Hopkins and meeting men's wrestling coach Kirk Salvo, Bisers was sold on joining the Blue Jays' program. "I didn't want to wrestle for a women's program," she says. "I feel I'll improve more wrestling men."
The first woman ever to join the Hopkins wrestling squad, Bisers competes in the 125-pound weight class. "She's got great technique and she works really hard," says Salvo. Bisers says, "I'm not as strong [as the men I wrestle], but I'm more flexible. I've learned to depend on my technique, not my strength." She and her teammates face a grueling schedule that stretches from November into March, with only one match at home. As of mid-January, their record stood at 2-6.
Bisers, a member of the U.S. national women's team that competed in Sweden--and won--in the summer of 2000, has set her sights on competing in the 2004 Olympics. "It's a part of me," she says. "I don't think anyone can imagine me not wrestling." --SD
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