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No. 1 ranked Jimenez, Moore and No. 2 ranked Rodriguez, White among Girls National Recruiting Showcase finalists

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

No. 1 ranked Audrey Jimenez of Arizona scores a takedown at the Girls National High School Showcase on Thursday. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com


LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The nation’s top high school girl wrestlers came out in force for the Girls National High School Recruiting Showcase, which began on Thursday. The championship finals were set after an intense semifinal round which included great action and a few upsets.


This event featured nearly 100 state champions and over 70 ranked wrestlers from across the nation.


Returning Showcase champion and No. 1 ranked Shelby Moore of White River Hornets WC of Washington powered into the 127-pound finals with a pin over Morgan Edwards of Blairstown WC in 1:53. Moore will battle an unranked opponent in the finals, Oregon’s Estella Gutches, who beat a number of ranked athletes on her journey to the finals.


One of the semifinals at 106 pounds featured a pair of Cadet World medalists, as No. 1 Audrey Jimenez defeated No. 4 Ava Ward of the Sunkist Kids, 8-0. Ward recently moved up to this weight class after being No. 1 in the nation last year at 100 pounds. Jimenez was able to score key takedowns in both periods to advance to the finals, where she will face No. 2 ranked Anaya Falcon of Walnut High School in California.


A pair of No. 2 ranked stars are also in the finals, Oregon’s Destiny Rodriguez of the All-Phase WC at 152 pounds and Washington’s Alivia White at 180 pounds. Rodriguez will battle No. 5 ranked Piper Fowler of Higher Calling WC, while White has drawn No. x Henlee Haynes of Florida for the gold medal.


There are four returning National Showcase champions who reached the finals, Moore plus South Carolina’s Zao Estrada of ET Wrestling at 122 pounds, Missouri’s Maddie Kubicki of Victory Wrestling at 144 and Missouri’s Haley Ward of MO West at 164 pounds.


No. 5 Estrada will battle unranked Carissa Qureshi of California for the title. Kubicki has drawn Oregon’s Isabella Amaro of Empire WC. Ward will face Amarisa Manuel of Michigan Revolution for the title.


Unranked finalists include Gutches, Qureshi, Karina Vang of Red Wave Wrestling of California (100) and Colorado’s Perseus Gomez of Pomona Elite (117).


There are two weight classes with round robins which will also be completed on Friday, 200 pounds and 225 pounds. The Showcase consolation rounds begin on Friday at 10:00 a.m, PT. while the finals will be held on the raised mat alongside the Senior Women’s finals at 4:00 p.m. PT.

NATIONAL GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING SHOWCASE

At Las Vegas, Nev., April 28


Finals Pairings

100 - Unranked Karina Vang CA (Red Wave Wrestling) vs No. 18 Gabriella Gomez IL (Illinois)

106 - No. 1 Audrey Jimenez AZ (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) vs No. 2 Anaya Falcon CA (Walnut High School Wrestling)

112 - No. 16 Kiely Tabaldo CA (Legends of Gold Las Vegas) vs No. 5 Karlee Brooks AZ (Thorobred Wrestling Club)

117 - No. 11 Haley Vann OR (Empire Wrestling Club) vs Unranked Persaeus Gomez CO (Pomona Elite (PWCC))

122 - Unranked Carissa Qureshi CA (California) vs No. 5 Zao Estrada SC (ET Wrestling)

127 - No. 1 Shelby Moore WA (White River Hornets Wrestling Club) vs Unranked Estella Gutches OR (Oregon)

132 - No. 22 Gianna Dibenedetto CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) vs No. 6 Janida Garcia CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club)

138 - No. 4 Paige Wehrmeister MO (BullTrained Wrestling) vs No. 18 Alondra Morales WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy)

144 - No. 4 Maddie Kubicki MO (Victory Wrestling) vs No. 10 Isabella Amaro OR (Empire Wrestling Club)

152 - No. 2 Destiny Rodriguez OR (All-Phase Wrestling Club) vs No. 5 Piper Fowler TN (Higher Calling Wrestling Club)

164 - No. 3 Haley Ward MO (MO West Championship Wrestling Club) vs No. 9 Amarisa Manuel MI (Michigan Revolution Wrestling Club)

180 - No. 2 Alivia White WA (Washington) vs No. 4 Henlee Haynes FL (Florida)

Girls Showcase Semifinals Results

100

Unranked Karina Vang CA (Red Wave Wrestling) dec. No. 21 Aspen Blasko MN (Minnesota Storm), 15-13

No. 18 Gabriella Gomez IL (Illinois) tech. fall No. 12 Makenize Smith IN (Patriots Wrestling Club), 15-1 4:21


106

No. 1 Audrey Jimenez AZ (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) dec. No. 4 Ava Ward MO (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club), 8-0

No. 2 Anaya Falcon CA (Walnut High School Wrestling) dec. Unranked Sterling Dias NV (Aniciete Training Club), 11-9


112

No. 16 Kiely Tabaldo CA (Legends of Gold Las Vegas) pin No. 5 Jenavi Alejandro NV (Aniciete Training Club), 8-2 4:37

No. 5 Karlee Brooks AZ (Thorobred Wrestling Club) tech. fall Unranked Janessa George CO (Chatfield Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:08


117

No. 11 Haley Vann OR (Empire Wrestling Club) pin No. 11 Brissa Bernal OK (Lady Outlaws), 1:37

Unranked Persaeus Gomez CO (Pomona Elite (PWCC)) dec. No. 12 Isabella Ngo (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club), 10-3


122

Unranked Carissa Qureshi CA (California) tech. fall No. 24 Paige Chafin OR (Sweet Home High School Wrestling), 10-0 1:32

No. 5 Zao Estrada SC (ET Wrestling) pin Unranked Leilani Lepe CA (California), 1:07


127

No. 1 Shelby Moore WA (White River Hornets Wrestling Club) pin Unranked Morgan Edwards PA (Blairstown Wrestling Club), 1:53

Unranked Estella Gutches OR (Oregon) dec. No. 20 Celeste Detoles UT (Westlake Wrestling Club), 11-6


132

No. 22 Gianna Dibenedetto CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) dec. No. 7 Esther Han UT (Bruin Wrestling Club), 8-4

No. 6 Janida Garcia CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) pin No. 7 Lauren Walton KY (Carr Wrestling Academy), 8-4 5:53


138

No. 4 Paige Wehrmeister MO (BullTrained Wrestling) tech. Fall No. 20 Liv Wieber ID (The Factory Wrestling Club), 10-0 3:47

No. 18 Alondra Morales WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy) dec. Unranked Presley Givens AR (Arkansas), 14-6


144

No. 4 Maddie Kubicki MO (Victory Wrestling) dec. No. 16 Elleni Johnson UT (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 8-4

No. 10 Isabella Amaro OR (Empire Wrestling Club) dec. No. 6 Isabella Mir NV (Gold Rush Wrestling), 9-1


152

No. 2 Destiny Rodriguez OR (All-Phase Wrestling Club) disq. No. 19 Anya Hatch UT (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 5-0

No. 5 Piper Fowler TN (Higher Calling Wrestling Club) dec. No. 11 Alexandra Hofrichter WI (Antigo Wrestling Club), 14-4 3:15


164

No. 3 Haley Ward MO (MO West Championship Wrestling Club) fall unranked Nevaeh Garcia CO (Colorado), 5-0 1:33

No. 9 Amarisa Manuel MI (Michigan Revolution Wrestling Club) tech No. 6 Shannon Workinger WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 12-2 1:31


180 - No. 2 Alivia White WA (Washington) fall No. 21 Kassidee Savaria MT (Montana), 8-2 1:44

180 - No. 4 Henlee Haynes FL (Florida) dec Unranked Lyndsey Buechman KS (Abilene Kids Wrestling Club), 11-10

Girls Showcase Round Robin Results and pairings


200 pounds

Round 1

No. 8 Catherine Dutton (Missouri) tech Unranked Lily Perlmutter (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)), 0:43

Round 2

Unranked Lily Perlmutter (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) vs HM Wyvonnie Fletcher (Palo Verde High School Wrestling)

Round 3

No. 8 Catherine Dutton (Missouri) vs HM Wyvonnie Fletcher (Palo Verde High School Wrestling)

Unranked Lily Perlmutter (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) over Bye


225

Round 1

No. 14 Karla Padilla Zepeda (Excalibur Wrestling Club) fall Unranked Arrey Mbutambe (Maryland), 13-4 2:45

Round 2

No. 14 Karla Padilla Zepeda (Excalibur Wrestling Club) vs Unranked Arrey Mbutambe (Maryland)

Round 3 (if necessary)

No. 14 Karla Padilla Zepeda (Excalibur Wrestling Club) vs Unranked Arrey Mbutambe (Maryland)
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