2012 Junior & Cadet Nationals Day 1 Recap
Washington's Brittnee Cook defeated Virginia's Rebbeca Forsyth at 95 pounds (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
FARGO, N.D. -- The 2012 Junior & Cadet Nationals kicked off on Saturday at the FARGODOME with the Cadet women's freestyle competition, which included ninety-five wrestlers. Eleven individual champions were crowned. California claimed the team title.
Teshya Alo of Hawaii earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after going 5-0 en route to winning the title at 124 pounds. She had two pins and a technical fall shutout. Alo's finals victory came over Colorado's Maya Nelson, a wrestler who defeated her at the Body Bar Invitational.
"I have been training so hard for this," said Alo in a post-match interview. "I wasn't going to let anybody take my title."
Autumn Rux of Michigan was the lone repeat champion. She went 3-0 en route to claiming the title at 154 pounds. Rux defeated Michigan teammate Samantha Cushard in the finals.
Iowa's Cassy Herkelman won a Cadet National title at 115 pounds on her 16th birthday. Herkelman, who made history (along with Megan Black) in 2011 as the first girl to qualify for the state high school tournament, won a three-period thriller over Francesca Giorgio (Pennsylvania) in the finals.
84: Malie Gonsalves (Hawaii) won by forfeit
95: Brittnee Cook (Washington) pinned Rebecca Forsyth (Virginia), 7-0, 0:50
101: Jessica DeHart (Oregon) dec. Marizza Birrueta (Washington), 6-0, 1-0
108: Cadence Lee (California) pinned Angelica Llanes (California), 1:55
115: Cassy Herkelman (Iowa) dec. Francesca Giorgio (Pennsylvania), 0-4, 1-0, 2-1
124: Teshya Alo (Hawaii) dec. Maya Nelson (Colorado), 4-3, 2-2, 4-1
132: Becca Leathers (Oklahoma) dec. Shannon Paaaina (Hawaii), 2-0, 1-4, 5-1
143: Alexis Porter (New York) pinned Anna Naylor (California), 1:32
154: Autumn Rux (Michigan) pinned Samantha Cushard (Michigan), 4-0, 0-3, 1:42
172: Kaitlyn Hill (Michigan) dec. Azusenna Molina (California), 1-0, 2-4, 4-0
198: Ryan Gibbons (Washington) won by forfeit