Wisconsin Girls Fargo Junior and Cadet Teams Shine Bright
Girls | Wisconsin at USA Wrestling Nationals | 2017
Cadet Girls Freestyle –
The Wisconsin women battled to a 5th place team finish at the USMC Cadet Women's National Championships in Fargo, ND. Only two points separated the 3rd through 5th place teams. The most impressive feat of the tournament for Team Wisconsin was at the tough 127-pound weight bracket where two Wisconsin athletes met in the championship finals. Returning Cadet national champion and World Bronze Medalist Macey Kilty defeated teammate Ashton Cadman, 10-0. Cadman pinned Folkstyle National Champion Jessica Sanchez (California) in the semi-finals. Kilty was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Cadet tournament.
Natalie Kemp secured the second 'stop sign' for Team Wisconsin with a title at 180 pounds. Natalie swept the weight class this season as she also won Folkstyle Nationals in March. Kemp improved on her 3rd place finish as a Cadet one year ago.
Kiana Pugh breezed into the finals, but was stopped by Cadet World Team Member Kelani Corbett from Hawaii, 8-5. Pugh got out to a 4-0 early lead in the match, however, Corbett chipped away at the lead and secured the win.
Other All-Americans were Autumn Hohn (6th place, 100 pounds), Rose Ann Marshall (7th place, 106 pounds) and Rhiannon Kuske (8th place, 117 pounds). Hohn earned her second All-American honor as a Cadet. Marshall finished 2nd in 2016. Rose Annl earned the Cadet Pinning Award (most pins, least amount of time) as well.
Junior Girls Freestyle –
Team Wisconsin turned heads on the FargoDome floor with three individual national champions and a 2nd place team finish.
Alisha Howk won the 112-pound bracket with a thrilling 10-8 victory over Autumn Gordon from Ohio. Howk bested Arizona's first ever Cadet national champion Stefana Jelacic, 9-8 in the semi-finals.
Macey Kilty won her second Outstanding Wrestler award, coming away on top in the loaded 127-pound bracket. Kilty defeated three superstars, in the women's wrestling world, in consecutive matches. Macey took down Kaden Campbell (Colorado) 14-8, in the quarterfinals, returning national champion Brenda Reyna (Washington) 9-8 in the semi-finals and stunned World Champion Ronna Heaton in the gold medal match, 4-1.
One year ago, Jayden Laurent was a Cadet National Champion and lost a close battle in the Junior finals. This year, however, Laurent dominated five matches to win the coveted Junior National title. On the stage, she defeated world team member Alara Boyd (Indiana) by technical fall, 10-0. (144lb.). In five matches, she outscored opponents 49-1.
Other Team Wisconsin members earning All-American honors were Kiana Pugh (3rd place, 152 pounds), Natalie Kemp (3rd place, 180 pounds), Hannah Ramos (5th place, 138 pounds), Gabby Skidmore (6th place, 112 pounds), and Ashton Cadman (7th place, 127 pounds). Pugh was successful in avenging a loss from earlier in the week in a re-match of the Cadet National finals with Kelani Corbett from Hawaii. Also of note, Skidmore defeated teammate Allie Grobarchik in the "blood round" (round of 12). Grobarchik won 3 consecutive matches before falling to teammates in the quarterfinals (Howk) and round of 12 (Skidmore).