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Diduch and five other returning champions still headed for the USMC 16U women’s national title

by Koral Sugiyama, Special to

Cadence Diduch of Illinois in her blue singlet jogs across the mat.

Photo of Illinois's Cadence Diduch at the 2022 USMC 16U women's freestyle Nationals. Photo by Ryan Cummings/

FARGODOME, N.D. – The 16U women wrestled alongside the fellow men’s division to start off day one of the 2022 USMC Junior & 16U Nationals. The women’s tournament is up 150 entries from last year. The quarterfinals are set after session one with six 2021 champions still alive and looking to repeat. 

Two champions are still holding strong at 127 pounds. No. 6 Cadence Diduch of Illinois picked up two 10-0 technical falls. Diduch will face Nebraska’s Regan Rosseter. 

On the opposite side, No. 4 returning champion Sklyar Little-Soldier put up two technical-falls enroute to the quarters. The Minnesota state champion will face No. 14 (at 138) Alicen Dillard of Texas. 

Also wrestling in the 127-pound quarterfinals is Jordyn Fouse of Pennsylvania (No. 23 at 132). 

No. 4 Cecilia Williams of Michigan was the champion of the tournament at the same 112-pound weight last year. This morning she earned a tech and a pair of quick falls. Williams will wrestle Joy Cantu of Indiana in the quarterfinals. 

Other ranked athletes in the 112 quarterfinals is No. 12 (at 106) Molly Allen from Iowa who will wrestle No. 16 (at 106) Aubre Krazer of Pennsylvania. Arizona’s No. 2 Karlee Brooks stands on the opposite side and will face No. 15 (at 106) Sierra Chiesa from Pennsylvania. No. 19 Reanah Utterbach of Iowa also battled to quarterfinals. 

No. 17 Nebi Tsarni of Maryland returns to 144 pounds with a strong opening; Tsarni earned two 10-0 technical-falls. She will wrestle May Cuyler from Virginia in the quarterfinals. 

Only one other ranked wrestler stayed alive on the championship side, No. 5 Sydney Perry from Illinois. 

Last year’s young phenom, No. 10 Ella Pagel of Minnesota returns to the same 164-pound weight class. Pagel so far has added 1:06 to her mat time with a pin and technical fall. She will wrestle Wisconsin’s Rachel Schauer. 

Also in the quarterfinals is Piper Fowler from Tennessee (No. 3 at 152), No. 13 Naomia Simon of Iowa, No. 17 Olivia Stean of Kansas, and No. 27 Jael Miller of Pennsylvania. 

The last returning champion heading to the quarterfinals is Michigan’s Sabrina Nauss, who secured a technical fall and a pin enroute to the quarters. The No. 1 at 180 and No. 15 P-4-P wrestler will face Missouri’s Ellie Poulette.

More ranked wrestlers still going for the big stop sign are Oklahoma’s No. 17 Symphony Veloz and No. 27 Kali Hayden. 

Session two begins at 3pm for both the 16U women’s freestyle and 16U men’s freestyle. You can watch it live on FloWrestling. 


16U women's freestyle quarterfinal pairings

Katey Valdez of Colorado vs Jordan Epstein of Georgia
Zoey Jewett of New York vs Kendall Moe of Indiana
Joely Slyter of Idaho vs Caley Graber of Minnesota
Kyler Menza of Washington vs Annalise Maralit of South Carolina
Rianne Murphy of Indiana vs Gabriele Tedesco of Florida
Zoey Haney of Missouri vs Madison Heinzer of California
Mia Galindo of Virginia vs Lauren Nguyen of California
Mary Manis of Florida vs Gigi Bragg of Michigan
Ava Ward of Missouri vs Mia Shepard of Nevada
Teegan Sibble of New York vs Angelina Cassioppi of Illinois
Mikayla Garcia of California vs Aspen Blasko of Minnesota
Harlee Hiller of Illinois vs Heather Crull of Indiana
Cecilia Williams of Michigan vs Joy Cantu of Indiana
Molly Allen of Iowa vs Aubre Krazer of Pennsylvania
Karlee Brooks of Arizona vs Sierra Chiesa of Pennsylvania
Angelina Vargas of Missouri vs Reanah Utterback of Iowa
Persaeus Gomez of Colorado vs Kira Cole of Ohio
Ashley Naranjo of Washington vs Aubrie Pehrson of Nebraska
Isabella Marie Gonzales of California vs Evelyn Holmes-Smith of Alabama
Sophia Shultz vs Bella Williams of Oklahoma
Everest Leydecker of Arizona vs Audrey Rogotzke of Minnesota
Ella Gahl of Indiana vs Haylie Jaffe of Pennsylvania
Alejandra Valdiviezo of California vs Sophie Bowers of Illinois
Savannah Witt of Pennsylvania vs Carley Ceshker of Wisconsin
Skylar Little Soldier of Minnesota vs Alicen Dillard of Texas
Dealya Collins of Wisconsin vs Peyton Hellmann of South Dakota
Emma Chacon of Arizona vs Jordyn Fouse of Pennsylvania
Regan Rosseter of Nebraska vs Cadence Diduch of Illinois
Lauren Walton of Kentucky vs Mackenzie Pratt of Illinois
Isis France of Arizona vs Sanyah Queen of New Jersey
Morgan Lucio of Arizona vs Ann Maria Meiman of Nebraska
Carina Giangeruso of New Jersey vs May Prado of Georgia
Ellanora Bode of New York vs Sofia Delgado of Florida
Sarah Henckel of Connecticut vs Annabelle Davis of Texas
Faith Bartoszek of Wisconsin vs Madison Westerberg of New York
Kiara Djoumessi of Iowa vs Gianna DiBenedetto
Sydney Perry of Illinois vs Jahlia Miguel of Hawaii
Skylar Slade of Iowa vs Clare Waite of Idaho
Emma Peach of Iowa vs Madeline Haynes of Missouri
May Cuyler of Virginia vs Nebi Tsarni of Maryland
Mishell Rebisch of Michigan vs Savannah Holderby of Ohio
Cali Dupree of Missouri vs Adriana Palumbo of New York
Genevieve An of Georgia vs Skylur Lewis of Arkansas
Lexi Ritchie of Illinois vs Alison Evans of Colorado
Piper Fowler of Tennessee vs Bella Porcelli of Iowa
Naomi Simon of Iowa vs Olivia Stean of Kansas
Jael Miller of Pennsylvania vs Grace Johns of Kansas
Rachel Schauer of Wisconsin vs Ella Pagel of Minnesota
Sabrina Nauss of Michigan vs Ellie Poulette of Missouri
Symphony Veloz of Oklahoma vs Ashten Hubbs of Wyoming
Isabella Renfro of Missouri vs Taylor Waddy of Virginia
Kali Hayden of Oklahoma vs Aurellia Ramos of Utah
Savannah Isaac of Ohio vs Tilisa Matakaiongo of Utah
Savannah Sistad of Iowa vs Kiona Michel of Washington
Blythe Cayko of Colorado vs Isabella Phillips of Washington
Phoenix Lindseth of North Dakota vs Mariyah Brumley of Missouri