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Day 5 preview: Junior Women’s finals, Greco-Roman gets started at 16U level

by Adam Engel, USA Wrestling

Sterling Dias of Nevada gets in deep on a shot during the 2022 Junior Nationals. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors.

The men return to the mats Wednesday morning, with the start of the 16U Greco-Roman division, before the Junior women’s freestyle finals at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, 16U Greco-Roman action continues through the quarterfinals.

WHAT’S NEW: Greco-Roman starts its 50th year at nationals with the 16U tournament.

The Greco-Roman gets its start with the 16U Nationals, which comes in with one of its biggest fields ever.

Only one returning champion returns to the Fargodome mats tomorrow in 16U. Haakon Peterson of Wisconsin at 94 won a national championship at 88 last summer. He grabbed a 16U freestyle national championship on Monday afternoon and can double up with a title in this bracket.

Kellen Wolbert at 113 also from Wisconsin is the only Triple Crown eligible wrestler remaining on the 16U men’s side. However, he is not registered in Greco-Roman. So, there will not be any 16U Triple Crown winners this year.

WHAT FINISHES: Junior women’s freestyle champions to be crowned

The semifinals in the Junior women’s freestyle are set. Three returning champions look to find the finals after national championships last summer. They are Alexis Janiak of Illinois at 127, Sam Calkins of California at 180 and Eliana Bommarito of Michigan at 225.

Seven women who won 16U national championships on Sunday are still alive in the semis. They are Rianne Murphy of Indiana at 100, Ava Ward of Missouri at 106, Skylar Little Soldier of Minnesota at 127, Mishell Rebisch of Michigan at 152, Ella Pagel of Minnesota at 164, Sabrina Nauss of Michigan at 180 and Savannah Isaac of Ohio at 200.

There will be no more women’s wrestling in Fargo this year after the Junior finals in the afternoon.

Semifinal pairings:


Sterling Dias of Nevada vs Gigi Bragg of Michigan

Rianne Murphy of Indiana vs Makennah Craft of Ohio


Ava Ward of Missouri vs Clare Booe of Florida

Chloe Dearwester of Ohio vs Aspen Blasko of Minnesota


Alexandra Szkotnicki of Maryland vs Kiely Tabaldo of California

Avery Ashley of Texas vs Aubre Krazer of Pennsylvania


Isabella Marie Gonzales of California vs Alexis Montes of Texas

Arieana Arias of California vs Juliana Diaz of Florida


Cadence Diduch of Illinois vs Alejandra Valdiviezo of California

Haylie Jaffe of Pennsylvania vs Emily Sindoni of New York


Jaclyn Dehney of Massachusetts vs Jordyn Fouse of Pennsylvania

Sarah Savidge of Colorado vs Alexis Janiak of Illinois


Skylar Little Soldier of Minnesota vs Taydem Khamjoi of California

Alicen Dillard of Texas vs Janida Garcia of California


Skylar Hattendorf of Massachusetts vs Kryssceah Ravenelle of Rhode Island

Alessandra Elliott of New York vs Amitria McNack of Missouri


Allyssa Johnson of North Dakota vs Sydney Perry of Illinois

Caitlyn Davis of South Carolina vs Clarissa Agostini of Michigan


Stella Steigler of Virginia vs Aspen Barber of Colorado

Genevieve An of Georgia vs Mishell Rebisch of Michigan


Naomi Simon of Iowa vs Brooklyn Hays of Utah

Ella Pagel of Minnesota vs Shannon Workinger of Washington


Sabrina Nauss of Michigan vs Maliya Castillo of California

Tirza Twoteeth of Montana vs Alivia White of Washington


Sam Calkins of California vs Madeline Welch of Texas

Riley Dempewolf of Indiana vs Savannah Isaac of Ohio


Eliana Bommarito of Michigan vs Rewa Chababo of Texas

Dasia Yearby of South Carolina vs Alysse Phillips

California controls the team race with 36 points and nine semifinals. Michigan and Texas are tied for second with 15 points, and five each in the semifinals.


8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. — 16U Greco-Roman: Session I — Preliminaries and Consolations

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Junior Women Freestyle: Session III — Semifinals, Consolation and Consolation Semifinals

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Junior Women Freestyle: Session IV — Finals, Medal Matches & Awards

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. — 16U Greco-Roman: Session II — 1/8 Championship, Quarterfinals and Consolations