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California, Texas Black, Illinois win their pools on day one of Junior National Women’s Duals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Mia Palumbo of Illinois scores a takedown at National Junior DualsMia Palumbo of Illinois at the National Junior Duals. Photo by Andy Hamilton, FloWrestling

TULSA, Okla. - The first day of the 2021 Junior National Women’s Duals featured the pool competition, with California (Pool A), Texas Black (Pool B) and Illinois Junior Women (Pool C) winning their pools and advancing into Thursday’s Gold/Silver Pool.

With the cancellation of the Junior Women’s Duals in 2020 due to the pandemic, Illinois is the defending champion going back to 2019. There is a record 21 teams in this year’s Junior Women’s Duals, with 74 nationally ranked individuals on the team rosters.

Illinois Junior Women, which has nine nationally ranked wrestlers in its lineup, scored a 38-26 victory over Team Missouri in the Pool C finals. Illinois won the last six matches of the dual meet to secure the win, including two technical falls and two pins in the final streak. Winners by pin in the finals bout against Missouri were Alexis Ritchie (152), Rose Cassioppi (164), Maya Davis (117) and Taylin Long (127). Illinois also stopped Minnesota Storm 37-27 in the semifinals and Texas Blue 60-5 in the quarterfinals.

California was dominant in the Pool A finals, with a 52-12 win over Team Florida. California has eight nationally ranked athletes on its roster. California won the first 10 matches in the dual meet to put it away, including six pins, a technical fall and three decisions. Getting pins in less than a minute in the dual meet were America Lopez at 200 (56 seconds) and Solana Mottola at 127 (33 seconds). California stopped Texas White 60-6 in the semifinals and Team Missouri II 59-2 in the quarterfinals.

Texas Black, which has seven nationally ranked wrestlers on the team, stopped Pennsylvania Blue 37-25 to win Pool B. Texas Black won eight bonus point matches in the Pennsylvania Blue dual meet. Getting pins for Texas were Jasmine Robinson (152), Jessica Villanueva (164) and Hannah Francis (225). Texas Black beat the Oklahoma Outlaws 37-27 in the semifinals and Iowa 46-21 in the quarterfinals.

Illinois Junior Women, California and Texas Black advanced to the Gold/Silver Pool, which features the top six teams. Because this is a round-robin, the first round of the Gold/Silver Pool was held on Wednesday night.

Right off the bat, Pool C champion Illinois Junior Women defeated Pool B champion Texas Black, 35-28. In a back-and-forth dual meet, Texas Black took a slight lead with two big wins, when Avery Ashley upset No. 7 Shea Reisel 13-12 at 117, and No. 1 ranked Samara Chavez (competing up a weight) pinned No. 14 Maya Davis in 1:08 at 117 pounds. However, Illinois ran off three straight bonus point wins by ranked wrestlers to nail down the win, as No. 8 Taylin Long got a fall at 122, No. 3 Alexis Janiak scored a technical fall at 127 and No. 15 Natasha Markoutsis got a technical fall at 132.

The conclusion of the Junior National Women’s Duals will happen on Thursday, live on TrackWrestling.

At Tulsa, Okla., June 16


1st Place - California 52, Team Florida 12
132 Hailey Chapman (California) over Teigan Slauson (Team Florida) Fall 4:43
138 Maci Avila (California) over Neikisha Francois (Team Florida) TF 10-0
144 Katelyn Cardoza (California) over Lilly Luttrell (Team Florida) Fall 3:00
152 Nile Jernigan (California) over Larissa Gallo (Team Florida) Fall 3:14
164 Hannah Ricioli (California) over Yarissa Gallo (Team Florida) Fall 1:23
180 Maliya Castillo (California) over Sierra Chavez (Team Florida) Dec 9-4
200 America Lopez (California) over Alyssa Favara (Team Florida) Fall 0:56
225 Sam Calkins (California) over Kiara Brin (Team Florida) Fall 1:09
100 Madison Avila (California) over Kealonie Vega (Team Florida) Dec 8-2
106 Greta Gustafson (California) over Clare Booe (Team Florida) Dec 15-12
112 Hannah Hall (Team Florida) over Valeria Ahumada (California) TF 10-0
117 Juliana Diaz (Team Florida) over Arieana Arias (California) TF 10-0
122 Leah Gaitan (California) over Riley White (Team Florida) TF 12-1
127 Solana Mottola (California) over Kailey Rees (Team Florida) Fall 0:33

3rd Place – Colorado 44, Texas White 21
5th Place – Team Missouri II 51, North Dakota 16
7th Place – Georgia

California 60, Texas White 6
Team Florida 36, Colorado 27

California 59, Team Missouri II 2
Texas White 33, Georgia 23
Colorado 61, North Dakota 5

Team Missouri II 42, Georgia 26
Colorado 56, Team Missouri II 11
Texas White 42, North Dakota 22

1st Place - Texas Black 37, Pennsylvania Blue 25
132 Mikayla Wallace (Texas Black) over Lily Sherer (Pennsylvania Blue) Inj 0:34
138 Madison Sandquist (Texas Black) over Sofia Holodick (Pennsylvania Blue) TF 10-0
144 Charlotte Gilfoil (Pennsylvania Blue) over Aubrey Yauger (Texas Black) TF 10-0
152 Jasmine Robinson (Texas Black) over Alexandria Ortiz (Pennsylvania Blue) Fall 1:44
164 Jessica Villanueva (Texas Black) over Abbie Miles (Pennsylvania Blue) Fall 1:47
180 Brittyn Corbishley (Texas Black) over Aurelia Santoyo (Pennsylvania Blue) TF 10-0
200 Trinity Monaghan (Pennsylvania Blue) over megan ramsey (Texas Black) Fall 0:49
225 Hannah Francis (Texas Black) over Karlie Benjamin (Pennsylvania Blue) Fall 0:34
100 Jayleah Pletz (Pennsylvania Blue) over Macie Taylor (Texas Black) Fall 0:29
106 Eliana Martinez (Texas Black) over Lexia Schechterly (Pennsylvania Blue) TF 10-0
112 Ava Bayless (Pennsylvania Blue) over Avery Ashley (Texas Black) TF 13-0
117 Samara Chavez (Texas Black) over Marissa Rumsey (Pennsylvania Blue) TF 10-0
122 Savannah Witt (Pennsylvania Blue) over Olivia Moreno (Texas Black) Dec 16-10
127 Montana DeLawder (Pennsylvania Blue) over Mikayla Herber (Texas Black) TF 10-0

3rd Place – Team Indiana 34, Oklahoma Outlaws 31
5th Place – Team Kansas 35, Iowa 27
7th Place – Arkansas

Texas Black 37, Oklahoma Outlaws 27
Pennsylvania Blue 42, Team Indiana 25

Texas Black 46, Iowa 21
Team Indiana 39, Team Kansas 29
Pennsylvania Blue 63, Arkansas 3

Team Kansas 47, Arkansas 20
Team Indiana 40, Iowa 15
Oklahoma Outlaws 22, Team Kansas 29

1st Place - Illinois Junior Women 38, Team Missouri I 26
132 Natasha Markoutsis (Illinois Jr Women) over Nonnie Justice (Team MO 1) Dec 6-2
138 Paige Wehrmeister (Team MO 1) over Sydney Perry (Illinois Jr Women) Dec 6-2
144 Maddie Kubicki (Team MO 1) over Attalia Watson (Illinois Jr Women) TF 10-0
152 Alexis Ritchie (Illinois Jr Women) over Lexi Adams (Team MO 1) Fall 1:51
164 Rose Cassioppi (Illinois Jr Women) over Ali Haiser (Team MO 1) Fall 2:30
180 Jaycee Foeller (Team MO 1) over Kiara Ganey (Illinois Jr Women) TF 10-0
200 Catherine Dutton (Team MO 1) over Wendy Washington (Illinois Jr Women) Fall 3:12
225 Lexie Cole (Team MO 1) over Ruby Sepeda (Illinois Jr Women) Fall 1:00
100 Brianna Richey (Illinois Jr Women) over Isa-Bella Mendoza (Team MO 1) Dec 4-4
106 Mia Palumbo (Illinois Jr Women) over Jessa Joiner (Team MO 1) Dec 8-7
112 Shea Reisel (Illinois Jr Women) over Lilly Brower (Team MO 1) TF 12-2
117 Maya Davis (Illinois Jr Women) over Angelina Vargas (Team MO 1) Fall 1:55
122 Taylin Long (Illinois Jr Women) over Chloe Herrick (Team MO 1) Fall 1:27
127 Alexis Janiak (Illinois Jr Women) over Brenya Crahan (Team MO 1) TF 12-1

2nd Place – Team Missouri I 41, Minnesota Storm 26
3rd Place – Minnesota Storm 31, Team Wisconsin 29
5th Place –Pennsylvania Red 30, Team South Carolina 28
7th Place – Texas Blue

Illinois Junior Women 37, Minnesota Storm 27
Team Missouri I 35, Team Wisconsin 30

Illinois Junior Women 60, Texas Blue 5
Minnesota Storm 34, Pennsylvania Red 23
Team Missouri I 54, Team South Carolina 14

Pennsylvania Red 29, Texas Blue 22
Team Wisconsin 41, Pennsylvania Red 14
Minnesota Storm 36, Team South Carolina 27


Round One
Illinois Junior Women 35, Texas Black 28
Pennsylvania Blue 35, Team Florida 32
California 45, Team Missouri I 23

Round One
Colorado 44, Team Wisconsin 22
Oklahoma Outlaws 47, Texas White 21
Minnesota Storm 36, Team Indiana 29

Round One
Team Missouri II 35, Team South Carolina 34
Team Kansas 42, Pennsylvania Red 20
Iowa 33, North Dakota 16

Round One
Arkansas 41, Texas Blue 26

Note: All four finals pools will be completed on Thursday, and final team placements will be set.
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