Competitors Bios – PSU

Students from Penn State


Emily Burke

Emily has played softball and is a cross country athlete who works out regularly. She was once in a Wendy’s commercial, has a keen interest in television, and looks forward to a career as an Executive Producer.
Height: 5 ft. 5 in. Weight: 115 lbs.
Class: Senior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Minor: Business
Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts

Mary Hankins

Mary has lived all over the world. She was the first-ever female wrestler in her high school, belongs to Zeta Tau Alpha and is insanely good at hula-hooping. After graduation, she would like to work for the government in anti-terrorism.
Height: 5 ft. 6 in. Weight: 120 lbs.
Class: Junior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: French
Hometown: King George, VA

Daniela Pazmino

Daniela has danced jazz, hip hop and ballet, and played soccer and volleyball. She speaks 3 languages, enjoys the excitement of competition, and plans to work as a Clinical Psychologist after she graduates.
Height: 5 ft. 1 in. Weight: 115 lbs
Class: Senior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Psychology
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ

Moyo Akinade

Moyo played basketball growing up and has played soccer for Penn State. He spends at least an hour in the gym three times a week and can bench press 315 lbs. Once he graduates, Moyo plans to be an Industrial Interior Designer.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 175 lbs.
Class: Junior Right or left: Right-handed
Major: Human Geography
Minor: Architectural History
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Marley Akonnor

Marley wrestled, played basketball and ran track during high school. He is competitive, yet humble, and would like to take his grandmother to Disney. Marley plans to attend law school and travel abroad, though his dream job would be a kicker position for an NFL team.
Height: 5 ft. 9 in. Weight: 171 lbs.
Class: Senior Right or left: Left-handed
Major: Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Manhattan, NY

James Warta

James grew up playing football and later wrestled. He has a passion for loose leaf great tea and spends 20+ hours each week conditioning and working out.  After graduation, James would like to do academic research in Physics and Mathematics.  
Height: 5 ft. 11 in. Weight: 200 lbs.
Class: Sophomore Right or left: Left-handed
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Downingtown, PA


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