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U9, U14 and U12 Nationals Result in 11 All-Americans

The 2019 USA Wrestling/US Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle National Tournaments for the U9, U12 and U14 divisions took place on Sunday, March 24th at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City. I’m pleased to report that even though California was represented by only 14 wrestlers, 11 are returning as All-Americans. California came away with the team title in the U14 Division.

The wrestlers who participated are:

U9 (California finished 16)

55 Sasha Williams
65 Nova Estrada – 3rd Place

U12 (California finished 13)

80 Bella Williams – 3rd Place
85 Clover Williams – 8th Place
102 Isabella Marie Gonzales – 1st Place

U14 (California wins team title)

97 Eden Hernandez – 5th Place
97 Kiely Tabaldo – 3rd Place
105 Ella Harper
105 Zao Estrada – 2nd Place
110 Elena Ivaldi – 1st Place
110 Gianna Dibenedetto
110 Leilani Lazaro – 4th Place
119 Ysabella Hinojosa – 2nd Place
127 Christina Contreras-Jaen – 3rd Place

Great work by all participants on the national stage and I look forward to see what’s next for these athletes!

Flight Causes Team California to Forfeit Matches

Team California Red was forced to forfeit its dual championship match against Team Texas as it attempted to make its return flight to California. Team California Blue went through the same situation in its third-place match against Team Michigan.

Team Red had started the dual meet championship on shaky ground, having lost a close contest to Team Michigan, 33-39, in the pool portion of the tournament. The team, bounced back in the second round beating the Ohio Draw team 57-23. California would then seal it first place finish in its pool be besting Team Tennessee – who had beat Michigan in the second round – in a dominant fashion, 57-12.

In its pool Team Blue received a first round bye and then defeated Team Texas C, 73-6, in the second round. In the third round, Blue would be victorious over the New Mexico Draw Team, 73-6 and then follow up the performance with a 84-0 rout of Team Minnesota in the next round. The fifth round would decide what team finished first in the pool as Team Blue faced Team Oklahoma which it handled easily, 71-9.

California Blue would meet Team Colorado in the quarterfinals and come out the winner with a score of 66-12. California Red, which was on the same side of the bracket as Blue, met some opposition from Team Kansas but came away with the victory, 46-30.

Teams Blue and Red would face each other in the semifinals. Only two matches would be wrestled, with the rest going to Team Red by way of forfeit. It is being reported that Team California flight times prevented it from wrestling for the championship and third-place and instead would have to settle for second and fourth. A true shame to think that scheduling prevented our hardworking wrestlers from completing the task they set out to do. Nonetheless, I know we are all proud of them. Hopefully, this issue will not play a part in the dual meet again.

The wrestlers that represented Team California are as follow:

California Red
Lexy Beadles
Cassandra Betancourt
Gurleen Bhullar
Unity Cordova
Natalia Diaz-Portillo
Miranda DiBenedetto
Jaydan Driskill
Aleena Gomez
Tatianna Herrera
Ellisa Jimenez
Jordyn Knecht
Miranda Koppi
Savannah Lewis
Isela Mendez
Solana Mottola
Ximena Pulido
Hannah Ricioli
Nallely Rivadeneira
Paola Sanabria
Adrienna Turner
Tamsin Urbas
Elysia Urrea
Samantha Utter
Hailey Ward

California Blue
Alia Abushi
Hailie Beadles
Jasmin Clarke
Chloe Desouza
Hollie Espinoza
Leah Gaitan
Danielle Garcia
Dalia Garibay
Katie Gomez
Tiera Jimerson
Michelle Kamyshin
Adriana Lopez
Francesca LoPresti
Artemisia Matera
Lillian McCoy
Chelsy Mendoza
Melanie Mendoza
Alisha Narvaez
Cristelle Rodriguez
Lizette Rodriguez
Mikayla Vega

California Wins the 2019 Junior Folkstyle Team Title with 25 New All-Americans

The 2019 USA Wrestling/US Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle National Tournament is currently taking place at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Yesterday, Saturday, March 24th, the Junior division was completed after one day of competition.

Team California came in first place, in the team title race, with 727 points. Team Texas came in 2nd with 673.5 and Michigan finished in third with 157.5 points. The top ten teams follow:

1 Team California 727
2 Team Texas 673.5
3 Team Michigan 157.5
4 Team Georgia 151
5 Team Colorado 149

6 Team Kansas 132
7 Team New York 123
8 Team Nevada 115
9 Team Minnesota 113.5
10 Team Tennessee 106.5

In individual performances, California had two champions – Francesca Lopresti at 144 and Lillian Mccoy at 225. Jennifer Soto (117 Lbs), Dalia Garibay (138 Lbs) and Michelle Kamyshin (152 Lbs) were all finalists. 79 California wrestlers competed in the Junior division and of those 25 became All-Americans.

The list of placers follows with California wrestlers indicated with blue font:

100 Lbs
1 Sterling Dias (NV)
2 Dianna Holmes (GA)
3 Julianne Moccia (MD)
4 Lizette Rodriguez (CA)
5 Kendra Ryan (MI)
6 Samantha Miller (OH)
7 Elizabeth Dosado (VA)
8 Rayana Sahagun (MI)

106 Lbs
1 Emily Shilson (MN)
2 Amani Jones (GA)
3 Cristelle Rodriguez (CA)
4 Samara Chavez (TX)
5 Jenavi Alejandro (NV)
6 Johanna Palshan (MI)
7 Leah Gaitan (CA)
8 Emily Mendez (WA)

112 Lbs
1 Jaslynn Gallegos (CO)
2 Amanda McAleavey (TX)
3 Nichole Moore (KS)
4 Catherine Bertrand (GA)
5 Allison Hynes (OK)
6 Anya Knappenberger (MD)
7 Marissa Ritchie (CA)
8 Victoria Nunez (TX)

117 Lbs
1 Peyton Prussin (NV)
2 Jennifer Soto (CA)
3 Danielle Garcia (CA)

4 Cayden Condit (CO)
5 Camille Fournier (TX)
6 Alisha Narvaez (CA)
7 Autumn Flanigan (MO)
8 Annette Enciso (TX)

122 Lbs
1 Leilah Castro (OH)
2 Ainslie Lane (OK)
3 Monica Garcia (CA)
4 Adriana Lopez (CA)

5 Mary Harrell (MO)
6 Autumn Teague (MI)
7 Melanie Mendoza (CA)
8 Riley Dalrymple (NY)

127 Lbs
1 Sofia Macaluso (NY)
2 amor tuttle (MN)
3 Zoe Buteau (ME)
4 Andrea Schlabach (OH)
5 Tiera Jimerson (CA)
6 Ashley Whetzal (VA)
7 Nonnie Justice (MO)
8 Alisha Van Scoy (SD)

132 Lbs
1 Viktorya Torres (WA)
2 Mia Macaluso (NY)
3 Xochitl Mota-Pettis (TX)
4 Emma Walker (TN)
5 Taryn Martin (OH)
6 Brigid Shannon (ID)
7 Jordan Suarez (TX)
8 Tristen Music (GA)

138 Lbs
1 Lexie Basham (TX)
2 Dalia Garibay (CA)
3 Adelyhda Perez (TX)
4 Joanna Qiu (CA)
5 Nanen Aguilar (CO)
6 Jade Herzer (WI)
7 Grace Pauls (NY)
8 Hailie Beadles (CA)

144 Lbs
1 Francesca LoPresti (CA)
2 Tiyahna Askew (GA)
3 Hunter Robinson (TX)
4 Sydney Manos (IL)
5 Vivian Hurn (TN)
6 Victoria Hinojo (TX)
7 Maicie Lockyer (CA)
8 Destiny Bailey (NM)

152 Lbs
1 Kaylynn albrecht (TX)
2 Michelle Kamyshin (CA)
3 Chloe Wagner (MI)
4 Sidney Sullens (GA)
5 Morgan Mayginnes (KS)
6 Destiny King (WI)
7 Maddie Konopka (CA)
8 Hannah Ricioli (CA)

164 Lbs
1 Jerzie Estrada (CO)
2 Ashley Lekas (TX)
3 Alia Abushi (CA)
4 Ariana Pereira (CA)

5 Marlynne Deede (UT)
6 Kiya Jones (TX)
7 Katie Moore (NY)
8 Zammariea Brandon (TX)

180 Lbs
1 Elisa Robinson (KS)
2 Kelani Corbett (HI)
3 Brianna Staebler (WI)
4 Jasmin Clarke (CA)
5 faith tuttle (MN)
6 Kamilla Montengro (NV)
7 Rayana Vigil (NM)
8 Jaylen Hyman (MD)

200 Lbs
1 Gabrielle Hamilton (IL)
2 Olivia Brown (OK)
3 Eliana Bommarito (MI)
4 Aaliyahrai Stewart (TX)
5 Isabeau Shalack (IL)
6 Bianca Rosales (TX)
7 Isela Mendez (CA)
8 Amber Latta (TX)

225 Lbs
1 Lillian McCoy (CA)
2 Taja Showers (VA)
3 Jasmine Guerrero (CA)
4 Daya Powell (TX)
5 Kathleen Janis (UT)
6 Valerie Smith (TN)
7 Lily Mills (TX)
8 Ashley Tapp (TX)

Congratulations to the newest All-Americans.

I want to also recognize the members of the team who did not place this time around. I am confident we will be hearing from them again and that their future success will build upon this experience. Thank you for representing your state:

100 Alyah Martinez
100 Chelsy Mendoza
100 Hailey Ward
100 Jalen Bets
100 Marisol Rodriguez
100 Unity Cordova
100 Zoe Pritchard
106 Adrienna Turner
112 Artemisia Matera
112 Ashlyn Arias
112 Jade Seymour
112 Mikayla Vega
112 Miranda Dibenedetto
112 Savannah Lewis
112 Teresa Serrano
117 Gurleen Bhullar
117 Jayani Bullock
117 Karen Marquez
117 Lexy Beadles
117 Tamsin Urbas
117 Tilly Garcia
122 Aleena Gomez
122 Allyssa Bettencourt
122 Ashlee Fragoso
122 Cora Johnson
122 Elysia Urrea
122 Katherine Cuellar

122 Katie Gomez
122 Madison Lynn Fonseca
122 Skylee Butler
127 Allyson Arrington
127 Destiny Torres
127 Izabella Evans
127 Jaydan Driskill
127 Kassandra Funez
127 Mariah Cortez
127 Solana Mottola
127 Teyah Gutierrez
132 Chloe Desouza
132 Ellisa Jimenez
132 Nallely Rivadeneira
132 Rebecca Arnold
132 Shani Tyson
132 Ximena Pulido
138 Kassandra Flores
144 Cassandra Betancourt
144 Paola Sanabria
144 Samantha Utter
164 Linda Pelayo
164 Miranda Koppi
180 Amara Devericks
180 Natalia Diaz-Portillo
200 Hollie Espinoza
225 Tatianna Herrera

Competition will continue today with the U9, U12, U14 divisions and the dual championships.. Good luck Team California!

21 CA U16 Wrestlers Become All-Americans at the 2019 Folkstyle Nationals

The 2019 USA Wrestling/US Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle National Tournament is currently taking place at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Yesterday, Friday, March 23rd, the U16 division was completed after one day of competition.

Team California came in first place, in the team title race, with 348.5 points. Team Michigan followed in 2nd with 142 and Wisconsin, with 135.5 points finished in third. The top ten teams follow:

1 Team California 348.5
2 Team Michigan 142
3 Team Wisconsin 135.5
4 Team Georgia 122
5 Team Colorado 105

6 Team Missouri 94
7 Team Oklahoma 93
8 Team Indiana 75
9 Team Maryland 73.5
10 Team Illinois 72.5

In individual performances, California had two champions – Cristelle Rodriguez at 106 and Jennifer Soto at 117. Nadine Quijada (122 Lbs) and Savannah Gomez (132 Lbs) were both finalists. 30 California wrestlers competed in the U16 division and of those 21 became All-Americans.

The list of placers follows with California wrestlers indicated with blue font:

94 Lbs
1 Sterling Dias (NV)
2 Alex Szkotnicki (MD)
3 Charlene Hamilton (IL)
4 Jalen Bets (CA)
5 Makayla Young (OH)
6 Rebecca Ferguson (IL)
7 Alissa Caltagirone (RI)
8 Elora Waterman (GA)

100 Lbs
1 Dianna Holmes (GA)
2 Julianne Moccia (MD)
3 Heaven Fitch (NC)
4 Kailey Rees (GA)
5 Avery Kibelbek (TN)
6 Janessa George (CO)
7 Marisol Rodriguez (CA)
8 Brooklyn Conrad (MN)

106 Lbs
1 Cristelle Rodriguez (CA)
2 Amani Jones (GA)
3 Leah Gaitan (CA)
4 Adrienna Turner (CA)

5 Kennedy Shropshire (GA)
6 Jenavi Alejandro (NV)
7 Riley Banyas (OH)
8 Rian Grunwald (MN)

112 Lbs
1 Allison Hynes (OK)
2 Israel Resendez (CO)
3 Anya Knappenberger (MD)
4 Artemisia Matera (CA)
5 Amiyah Hart (IL)
6 Alexis Allen (KS)
7 Hannah Hall (FL)
8 Savannah Lewis (CA)

117 Lbs
1 Jennifer Soto (CA)
2 Cayden Condit (CO)
3 Emma Karhu (WY)
4 Lexy Beadles (CA)
5 Chloe Herrick (MO)
6 Sophia Matthews (MA)
7 Tamsin Urbas (CA)
8 Esther Levendusky (NY)

122 Lbs
1 Devin Patton (TX)
2 Nadine Quijada (CA)
3 Ally Fitzgerald (NY)
4 Caridad Nugent (MA)
5 Katie Gomez (CA)
6 Brooke Cox (MO)
7 SaVannah Cosme (CO)
8 Makayla Munoz (NM)

127 Lbs
1 Sofia Macaluso (NY)
2 Nonnie Justice (MO)
3 Maddie Kubicki (MO)
4 Haley Ward (MO)
5 Jordyn Knecht (KS)
6 Jaclyn Dehney (MA)
7 Sofia Brynman-Metcalf (WI)
8 Solana Mottola (CA)

132 Lbs
1 Kylie Welker (WI)
2 Savannah Gomez (CA)
3 Taylor Fierbach (SD)
4 Aevri Ciha (WI)
5 Alina Antillon (CO)
6 Alicia Pieper (MI)
7 Ellisa Jimenez (CA)
8 Ximena Pulido (CA)

138 Lbs
1 Jade Herzer (WI)
2 Anna Krause (MA)
3 Ashley Klingberg (RI)
4 Phoenix Waters (MI)
5 Veronica Whitacre (NJ)
6 Paige Peterson (WI)
7 Trinity Coyne (IN)
8 Kayli Acosta (ID)

144 Lbs
1 Kayley Rada (MI)
2 Lydia Krauss (MI)
3 Jessie McCurry (AZ)
4 Bella Wazny (MI)
5 Sydney Manos (IL)
6 Nina Makem (MN)
7 Valeria Ceja (CA)
8 Emma Thompson (OK)

152 lbs
1 alexandra nelson (RI)
2 Sidney Sullens (GA)
3 Shianne whited (VA)
4 Layla Wood (NE)
5 Jessica Beavers (CA)
6 suravieve Robertson (AR)
7 Hannah Ricioli (CA)
8 Francesca Lanese (OH)

164 Lbs
1 Dasia Yearby (SC)
2 Kyleigh Dean (SC)
3 Kiersten O`Neill (IN)
4 Paige Anderson (ME)
5 Lyndsey Buechman (KS)
6 Brittney Reed (VA)
7 Angelina Lee (OK)
8 Mia Zaino (TX)

180 Lbs
1 Brianna Staebler (WI)
2 Tristian Martinez (NM)
3 Kailyn Garrett (MI)
4 Cheyenne Meade (OH)
5 Bo Geibe (MI)
6 Natalia Diaz-Portillo (CA)
7 Brynlee Goodvoice (OK)
8 Saige Cook (NC)

200 Lbs
1 Olivia Brown (OK)
2 Maranda Bell (KS)
3 Eliana Bommarito (MI)
4 Riley Dempewolf (IN)
5 Ariyanna Anderson (TN)
6 Abigail Veske (CA)
7 Andrea Smith (FL)
8 Lauren ashley Miller (GA)

Congratulations to the newest All-Americans.

I want to also recognize the members of the team who did not place this time around. I am confident we will be hearing from them again and that their future success will build upon this experience. Thank you for representing your state:

94 Zoe Pritchard
106 Carmen Perez
112 Ashlyn Arias
112 Jade Seymour
117 Jayani Bullock

122 Leilani Phongsaiphonh
127 Izabella Evans
127 Kassandra Funez
127 Teyah Gutierrez

Competition will continue today with the Junior division. Good luck Team California!

46 CA wrestlers ranked in Latest National Rankings

The second edition of the National Girls High School rankings for the 2018-19 season has been released. The list is developed as a group effort between USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. It recognizes the top 20 wrestlers in the country, across fourteen weight classes, as determined by the three entities’ criteria. The previous rankings came out last November. forty-six California wrestlers made it onto the latest edition of the list. But there is an issue with the list but more on that later. SoCal Wrestlers are highlighted.

100 pounds
6. Cristelle Rodriguez, Buchanan High School (NR)
7. Lizette Rodriguez, James Logan High School (3)
19. Hailey Ward, Turlock High School (15)
20. Sofia Martinez, Ayala High School (12 at 106)

106 pounds
8. Angelina Gomez, Northview High School (8)
15. Merijah Morales, Selma High School (NR)

112 pounds
18. Jennifer Soto, Orland High School (NR)
20. Elysia Urrea, Lincoln High School (NR)

117 pounds
8. Aliya Rollins,, Birmingham Charter School (6)
15. Alisha Narvaez, Arroyo High School (17)
16. Monica Garcia, Norte Vista High School (NR)
17. Desinee Lopez, Folsom High School (18)
18. Charlotte Kouyamtijian, Monache High School (11 at 112)

122 pounds
15. Ashley Venegas, Mt. Whitney High School (17 at 112)
16. Melanie Mendoza, Selma High School (12)

127 pounds
8. Niya Teresita Gaines, Bear Creek High School (3)

132 pounds
1. Mary Lopez, Liberty High School (3)

138 pounds
1. Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland High School (1 at 132)
3. Aine Drury, Westminster High School (2)

6. Dalia Garibay, Freedom High School (6)
17. Lauren McDonnell, Menlo-Atherton High School (NR)
19. Faalia Martinez, Oakdale High School (NR)

144 pounds
1. Jerzie Estrada, Selma High School (1) Now at Birmingham
5. Emmily Patneaud, Newark Memorial High School (5)
6. Lillian Freitas, Pitman High School (NR)
20. Madison Camp, Kennedy High School (18)

152 pounds
2. Amit Elor, College Park High School (NR)
7. Yelena Makoyed, Bella Vista High School (8)
13. Gianna Anaya, San Fernando High School (7)
16. Francesca Lopresti, Albany High School (NR)

164 pounds
4. Katja Osteen, Chaminade High School (3)
7. Liliana Vergara, Gregori High School (9 at 152)
8. Alia Abushi, Calif., Arroyo High School (6)
20. Alexis Young, River Valley High School (15)

180 pounds
2. Adelina Parra, San Fernando High School (2)
7. Folashade Akinola, Menlo Atherton High School (18)

200 pounds
4. Jasmine Clarke, Kelseyville High School, (8)
5. Angela Buenrrostro, Monroe High School (6)
7. Cianna Riley, San Dimas High School (NR)
8. Kayvette Osorio, Golden Valley High School (20)
9. Sierra Adams-Gregory, Milliken High School (2) now at Lakewood
10. Juliannah Bolli, Silver Creek High School (9)

225 pounds
1. Tavi Heidelberg, McClatchy High School (1 at 200)
4. Cristina Santoyo, James Monroe High School (2)
8. Lilian McCoy, Casa Grande High School (10)
18. Madlyne Navarro, El Camino High School (7)

These rankings have been subject to scorn since their introduction a season ago. One of the main complaints is the continual appearance of wrestlers that are no longer in high school, even after that fact has been made known. Case in point, 4 3 of the California athletes listed graduated last year, number 8 at 106 pounds Angelina Gomez, number 17 at 117 pounds Desinee Lopez, number 19 at 138 pounds Faalia Martinez and number 20 at 164 pounds Alexis Young. Now, I admit I may be mistaken about one of those wrestlers.

And, it’s possible someone will use my mistake in support of the claim that gathering information is challenging. I am also confident that most people appreciate what the three organizations are trying to do with this list. And I understand this project might not be a priority. But, come on, it’s three of the top organizations for wrestling information. Can we get a little fact checking? This situation has most people focusing on the factual errors instead of the merit of the rankings.

But, maybe the individuals in charge of the rankings are doing the best they can with the resources they have available to them. If that is the case, maybe, we should all try to help. So, I will close this post with the appeal that comes at the tail-end of each ranking list, “Coaches, parents and athletes are encouraged to provide information about specific athletes and their achievements throughout the year for the committee to consider. If they have information on specific girls who should be considered for ranking, please send it by email to gro.gniltserwasunull@sgniknarslrig

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