Jaccarra Winchester headshot from UWW photo shoot at 2023 Worlds.
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Jacarra Winchester after making the finals of the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Olympians Winchester, Augello, World medalists Velte, Lampe among top women’s freestyle stars entered at Senior Nationals – U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifier

by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling

Over 180 of the top women’s freestyle wrestlers in the U.S. head to the Lone Star State this weekend for the 2023 Senior Nationals, the largest U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier of the season.

The top five finishers in each of the six Olympic weight classes earn a berth to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials next April. 34 women have already qualified for the festivities in State College, Pa., six of which are entered in the Senior Nationals field.

A pair of Olympians will be in the mix in Fort Worth—2020 Olympian and two-time World medalist Jacarra Winchester at 57 kg and 2016 Olympian Haley Augello at 53 kg.

At this time four years ago, Winchester was the reigning World champion at 55 kg with a decision to make on which weight class to pursue for Tokyo. She elected to drop down to 53 kg, ultimately making the Olympic Team, and finishing one win away from an Olympic medal.

It’s a similar situation this Olympic cycle for the Oakland, Calif., native. Winchester is fresh off a silver medal effort at the World Championships at 55 kg, a non-Olympic weight. She appears to be moving up to 57 kg to challenge for the Paris Olympic berth. This weekend’s 57 kg field that includes Pan American champion Xochitl Mota-Pettis, U23 World bronze medalist Alex Hedrick and U17 World silver medalist Cristelle Rodriguez, plus U.S. National Team members Amanda Martinez and Bridgette Duty, will provide a nice barometer for Winchester as she explores her weight class options moving forward.

It's a different story for Augello, who is returning to active competition after a three-year layoff. She finished in ninth place at the Rio Olympic Games at 48 kg and was a Senior World Team member the following year. Now returning to the mats at 53 kg, Augello will have to battle a fresh set of faces as she looks to get back to the Olympic Trials—U20 World bronze medalist Katie Gomez, U.S. National Team member Areana Villaescusa, U.S. Open runner-up Lauren Mason and high school standout Clare Booe to name a few.

In addition to Winchester, there are two women registered who have earned a World medal at the Senior level—Mallory Velte at 68 kg and Alyssa Lampe at 50 kg. Both Velte and Lampe are two-time World bronze medalists and carry a long list of impressive international credentials.

Velte is the clear favorite at 68 kg but will be pushed by a group of up-and-comers looking to make a mark. Two-time U17 World medalist Alara Boyd, U20 World Team member Destiny Rodriguez, two-time U20 Pan American medalist London Houston and Dan Kolov – Nikola Petrov Tournament silver medalist Solin Piearcy are the leaders of the pack chasing Velte.

Things are murkier at 50 kg as Lampe is one of several contenders who could make a run at gold in a rather equitable field. Three-time age-group World champion Emily Shilson, U.S. National Team members Erin Golston and Samara Chavez, U17 World champion Erica Pastoriza, and U20 Pan American champions Sage Mortimer and Mia Palumbo are all expected to perform well in Fort Worth.

Past Senior World Team members Kylie Welker and Abigail Nette are the odds-on favorites to take top prize in the remaining two brackets. Welker has won three age-group World medals, including a U20 World gold in 2021. Nette won this event at 59 kg in 2019 and emerged as the Senior World Team member in 2022.

The 76 kg bracket is the smallest of the event at 14 athletes registered. Those expected to contend with Welker are past Senior Nationals champion Precious Wieser, Bill Farrell Memorial International silver medalist Skylar Grote and U.S. National Team member Brooklyn Hays.

Although the on-paper favorite at 62 kg heading into the weekend, Nette had a somewhat down year in 2023 finishing outside of U.S. National Team status. She will have to fend off a talented set of athletes to reclaim her spot atop the Senior Nationals podium. The list of contenders at 62 kg include Bill Farrell Memorial International bronze medalist Ashlynn Ortega, U17 World silver medalist Skylar Hattendorf, U20 Pan American champion Sarah Savidge, 2022 Senior Nationals champion Nanea Estrella, U23 World Team member Lexie Basham and U.S. National Team member Maya Letona.

If an athlete has previously qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and places in the top five of their weight class at the Senior Nationals, that qualification spot will not be reallocated to another non-qualified athlete. Qualified athletes registered to compete in Fort Worth are Winchester, Mota-Pettis, Velte, Golston, Welker and Nette.

The Senior Nationals will be held Dec. 15-17 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. All three Olympic styles will compete with up to 90 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualification spots on the line—five per weight class, 30 per style.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at usawrestlingevents.com. All session tickets are priced at $60 per adult and $40 per child. Those unable to attend in-person can watch the event live online at FloWrestling.com. A FloWrestling subscription is required to view the event.

A complete schedule for the women’s freestyle competition, as well as entries for each weight class, are provided below. USA Wrestling will announce the seeds for each bracket later this week.

For more information about this event visit usawrestlingevents.com. Stay tuned to TheMat.com and USA Wrestling social media channels for continued coverage of this event and the Road To Paris.

2023 Senior Nationals – U.S. Olympic Team Trials Qualifier

At Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 15-17

Women’s Freestyle Event Schedule

Friday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. – Prelims, Quarterfinals, Consolations (WFS 50-53-57 kg)

4 p.m. – Semifinals, Consolations (WFS 50-53-57 kg)

Saturday, Dec. 16

10 a.m. – Consolations, Placement Matches (WFS 50-53-57 kg), Prelims, Quarterfinals, Consolations (WFS 62-68-76 kg)

4 p.m. – Semifinals, Consolations (WFS 62-68-76 kg)

7 p.m. – Finals (WFS 50-53-57 kg)

Sunday, Dec. 17

10 a.m. – Consolations, Placement Matches (WFS 62-68-76 kg)

1 p.m. – Finals (WFS 62-68-76 kg)

*All times listed are U.S. Central Time

Women’s Freestyle Athletes Registered (As of Dec. 10)

50 kg (36 entries)

Mariah Anderson, Air Force Regional Training Center

Emma Baertlein, Southern Oregon Regional Training Center

Ava Bayless, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Samara Chavez, Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Elizabeth Dosado, Patriot Wrestling Club

Elizabeth Elliott, Pennsylvania

Anaya Falcon, Walnut High School Wrestling

Charlotte Fowler, Boilermaker RTC

Jaslynn Gallegos, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Danielle Garcia, Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Jenna Gerhardt, North Dakota

Erin Golston, New York Athletic Club

Adriana Gomez, Arizona Girls Wrestling

Brianna Gonzalez, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Emilie Gonzalez, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Aleeah Gould, Army (WCAP)

Alyssa Guardiola, Tennessee

Eden Hernandez, California

Jasmine Howard, Texas

Alyssa Lampe, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Emily Mendez, Victory Wrestling-Central WA

Alexis Miller, Viking Wrestling Club

Sage Mortimer, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Mia Palumbo, Illinois

Erica Pastoriza, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Nina Pham, Army (WCAP)

Vanessa Ramirez, Army (WCAP)

Natalie Reyna-Rodriguez, Southern Oregon Regional Training Center

Kendra Ryan, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Rayana Sahagun, North Dakota

Emily Shilson, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Kaelani Shufeldt, California

Avery Steldt, Combat W.C. School of Wrestling

Ahsia Torres, New Jersey

Arelys Valles, Grand View Wrestling Club

Haley Viars, Virginia

53 kg (28 entries)

Avery Ashley, Firebrand Wrestling Club

Haley Augello, Izzy Style Wrestling

Chloe Ayres, New Jersey RTC

Jenna Baarson, North Dakota

Vayle Baker, West Point Wrestling Club

Josie Bartishofski, Wisconsin

Clare Booe, Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club

Olivia Chandler, Contenders Wrestling Club

Camille Fournier, Texas

I-Cart Galumette, Florida

Katie Gomez, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Hannah Hall, Colorado

Katherine Heath, Wildcat Elite

Ella Jauregui, California

Marissa Kurtz, Southern Oregon Regional Training Center

Lauren Mason, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Melanie Mendoza, Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Nohea Moniz, Hawaii

Sydney Petzinger, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Shea Reisel, Dubuque RTC

Mateah Roehl, Askren Wrestling Academy

Salyna Shotwell, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Kiely Tabaldo, Royalty Wrestling Club

Caitlyn Thorne, Missouri

Karissa Turnwall, California

Areana Villaescusa, Army (WCAP)

Malia Welch, Avidity Women's Wrestling Academy

Skyla Zimmerman, Idaho

57 kg (36 entries)

Alexandra Baudhuin, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Araya Boday, Spire Wrestling Club

Hailey Corona, Wasatch Wrestling Club

Makayla Correa, California

Jaclyn Dehney, Massachusetts Wrestling Association

Montana DeLawder, Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Anna DiCugno, Empire Wrestling Club

Bridgette Duty, Army (WCAP)

Elizabeth Duvall, Rockwall Training Center

Alexandra Fitzgerald, New York

Virginia Foard, Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club

Marissa Gallegos, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Aireaana Gavere, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Cameron Guerin, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Alexandra Hedrick, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Katrina Kling, New York City RTC

Alyssa Mahan, Delaware Wrestling

Amanda Martinez, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Sophia Mirabella, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Shelby Moore, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Nichole Moore, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Carolina Moreno, Arizona

Xochitl Mota-Pettis, Rise RTC

Kira Pipkins, New York City RTC

Carissa Qureshi, Orange County RTC

Cristelle Rodriguez, Tiger Wrestling Club

Gabrielle Skidmore, Minnesota Storm

Jennifer Soto, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Sara Sterner, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Chanya Tipmanee, Pioneer Wrestling Club

Joanna Vanderwood, Washington

Evelyne Vazquez, California

Salome Walker, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Samantha Weeks, North Dakota

Jacarra Winchester, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Brooke Zejda, Pioneer Wrestling Club

62 kg (38 entries)

Gianna Anaya, Georgia

YeLe Aycock, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Lexie Basham, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Kendall Bostelman, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Jackie Cataline, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Hailey Chapman, Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club

Morgan Cope, Bearcat Wrestling Club

SaVannah Cosme, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Riley Dalrymple, New York

Claire DiCugno, White River Hornets Wrestling Club

Aine Drury, 10 Year Active Athlete List

Hanna Errthum, Combat W.C. School of Wrestling

Nanea Estrella, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Kaidance Gerg, Idaho

Esther Han, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Skylar Hattendorf, New York Athletic Club

Maya Letona, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Lauren Louive New York Athletic Club

Ana Luciano Team Tornado Wrestling Club

Nina Makem Minnesota Storm

Leilani Martinez California

Alioz Mason The Factory Wrestling Club

Abigail Nette Army (WCAP)

Marisol Nugent Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club

Ashlynn Ortega New York Athletic Club

Ashlee Palimoo Tiger Wrestling Club

Mattie Papenthien Dubuque RTC

Devin Patton Texas

Gabriella Perez Florida

Laisha Rios Texas

Marisa Roth NMU-National Training Center

Sarah Savidge Army (WCAP)

Andrea Schlabach Grand View Wrestling Club

Bridgette Sotomayor Tiger Wrestling Club

Anna Stephens Eierman Elite Wrestling Club

Viktorya Torres Bearcat Wrestling Club

Sofia Vergara California

Veronica Whitacre CJA Wrestling Club Inc.

68 kg (28 entries)

Kaylynn Albrecht, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Poorna Babu, Pioneer Wrestling Club

Cheyenne Bowman, POUNDERS WC

Alara Boyd, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Caitlyn Davis, South Carolina

Noelle Gaffney, New Jersey

Marilyn Garcia, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Dalia Garibay, Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club

Caroline Gilstrap, Bearcat Wrestling Club

London Housto,n Cardinal Wrestling Club

Tiera Jimerson, Cardinal Wrestling Club

Allyssa Johnson, Grand Forks Gladiators Wrestling Club

Lydia Krauss, Simmons Academy of Wrestling

Jessica Mendez, Lady Devils Women's Wrestling Club

Quilaztli Miguel, Bulldog Wrestling Club

Shean'Areial Miller, Pioneer Wrestling Club

Isabella Mir, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Mea Mohler, Texas

Solin Piearcy, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Olivia Pizano, Southern Oregon Regional Training Center

Destiny Rodriguez, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Madison Sandquist, Rise RTC

Temitayo Sanusi, Texas

Shelby Sherman, North Dakota

Tayla Tildsley, Massachusetts

Mallory Velte, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Emma Walker, Tennessee

Liv Wieber, The Factory Wrestling Club

76 kg (14 entries)

Alyssa Arana, San Fernando High School Wrestling

Cara Broadus, KT Kidz Wrestling Club

Rose Cassioppi, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Love Daley, Beat the Streets New England - Boston

Marlynne Deede, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Skylar Grote, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)

Brooklyn Hays, Utah

Madeline Hodges, Warrior Trained Wrestling

Shenita Lawson, New York Athletic Club

Ruby Rios, Bearcat Wrestling Club

Brianna Seixas, Dubuque RTC

Hannah Sjostrom, North Dakota

Kylie Welker, Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club

Precious Wieser, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)