SMITHSBURG -- Monica Hovermale's success against boys has earned her top honors among girls.
The Smithsburg senior was one of roughly 50 high school girls nationwide to be selected to the 2010 Girls Wrestling All-America Team by USA Wrestling, the national governing body of the sport.
Hovermale is recognized for the honor in the May 30 issue of Wrestling USA Magazine.
"It's unreal, totally shocking," she said. "I definitely did not see it coming."
It also came as a surprise to Smithsburg wrestling coach Joe Dietrich.
"I nominated her for the award, sent it to the magazine and then basically forgot about it," Dietrich said. "Then, on Monday, a cardboard thing came in the mail, and I was like, 'What the heck is this?'" And it was her certificate."
Hovermale's status as a Girls All-American hardly seems shocking, though.
Her career high school record was 103-35 with 69 pins, as she became the first girl in Maryland history to reach 100 wins.