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Three returning champions reach semifinals at USMC Junior Women’s Nationals

by Koral Sugiyama, Special to

Alexis Janiak (IL) competing in 2022 Junior Nationals.

Photo of Alexis Janiak of Illinois sliding around the corner at USMC Junior Nationals. Photo by Tony Rotundo/WrestlersAreWarriors


FARGO, N.D.The semifinals are set for the USMC Junior Women's Nationals. The quarterfinals were stacked with top ranked athletes with a few unknowns sliding by. 

Three returning champs are still in the running to repeat. Illinois’ Alexis Janiak (127), Eliana Bommarito of Michigan (225), and California’s Sam Calkins (200). 

No. 7 Alexis Janiak has yet to give up a point. She will wrestle No. 3 and Folkstyle National champion Sarah Savidge of Colorado. 

The No. 7 Pound-4-Pound, Eliana Bommarito took twice as long to pin her opponent. She ended No. 6 Ciara Monger of Colorado’s run for a title in 40 seconds. 

No. 1 meets No. 2 in the semifinals at 200 lbs. Sam Calkins will face Madeline Welch of Texas tomorrow morning. Calkins made it through the second session with a 1:30 fall in the round of 16 and a 12-2 tech in the quarters.  Welch pinned High School Showcase champion Catherine Dutton in the quarterfinals in a close 16-13 match. 

At 144 lbs, No. 12 Clarissa Agostini of Michigan defeated returning champion Savannah Gomez of California in the quarterfinals in a 10-6 decision. Agostini placed third at U20 Women’s Nationals. She will wrestle No. 14 Caitlyn Davis of South Carolina who was third at this year’s Bill Farrell Memorial. 

Triple Crown contender Isabella Marie Gonzales of California (117) made her way to the semifinals. She defeated No. 11 Bayley Trang of Texas and No. 6 at 106 Sierra Chiesa of Pennsylvania in the second session. Gonzales will wrestle Alexis Montes of Texas in the semifinals. 

Out of the nine 16U champions that continued into session two, only seven have stayed on the championships side of the bracket —Rianne Murphy of Indiana (100), Ava Ward of Missouri (106), Skylar Little Soldier (132) and Ella Pagel of Minnesota (164), Mishell Rebisch (152), and Sabrina Nauss (180) of Michigan, and Savannah Isaac of Ohio (200). 

Rianne Murphy of Indiana battled for a spot in the semifinals. She will wrestle No. 20 Makennah Craft of Ohio who teched 94-pound 16U champion Katey Valdez in the quarterfinals, 12-2.  On the opposite side, Cadet World bronze medalist Sterling Dias of Nevada continues through the championship bracket. She will wrestle Michigan’s 16U Folkstyle National champion Gigi Bragg. 

Two No. 2 wrestlers were knocked into consolations with losses. At 112 lbs, Karlee Brooks from Arizona was defeated by No. 5 Kiely Tabaldo of California who was runner-up at this year’s High School Showcase and in both divisions at this event last year. 

In the 144-pound bracket, unranked Allyssa Johnson from North Dakota pinned Utah’s Elleni Johnson in 35 seconds. The North Dakota wrestler will face No. 5 Sydney Perry from Illinois in the semifinals. Perry was third in the 16U division on Sunday and runner up at U17 Women’s Nationals. 

Action picks back up in the morning for the women at 8 a.m.


At Fargo, N.D., July 19, 2022

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 vs Juliana Diaz 



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 (Michigan) vs Rewa Chababo (Texas) 

Dasia Yearby (South Carolina) vs Alysse Phillips (California) 

Quarterfinal results



Rianne Murphy (Indiana) pin Juliana Alejandro (Nevada), 1:02

Sterling Dias (Nevada) tech fall Mia Zuniga (Washington), 10-0 4:39

Gigi Bragg (Michigan) tech fall  Brooke Corrigan (Wisconsin), 14-4 5:29

Makennah Craft (Ohio) tech fall Katey Valdez (Colorado), 12-2 5:15



Ava Ward (Missouri) tech fall Genesis Cejudo (Arizona), 10-0 1:51

Chloe Dearwester (Ohio) pin Kadence Beck (Idaho), 2:20

Aspen Blasko (Minnesota) pin Jenavi Alejandro (Nevada), 4:26

Clare Booe (Florida) tech fall Lisa Pastoriza (Arizona), 11-1 3:28



Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) pin Skyla Zimmerman (Idaho), 1:15

Kiely Tabaldo (California) dec. Karlee Brooks (Arizona), 4-4

Aubre Krazer (Pennsylvania) dec. Cecilia Williams (Michigan), 4-4

Avery Ashley (Texas) tech fall Diana Gonzalez (California), 2:33



Isabella Marie Gonzales (California) dec. Sierra Chiesa (Pennsylvania), 5-2

Alexis Montes (Texas) tech fall Kira Cole (Ohio), 10-0 4:10

Arieana Arias (California) tech. fall Torieonna Buchanan (Indiana), 12-2 4:13

Juliana Diaz (Florida) tech. fall Fernanda Lopez (Texas), 4:11



Cadence Diduch (Illinois) dec. Alyssa Randles (Idaho), 5-2

Alejandra Valdiviezo (California) tech fall Trinity Howard (North Carolina), 12-2 1:13

Haylie Jaffe (Pennsylvania) tech fall Kierstyn Bockert (Alaska), 10-0 1:48

Emily Sindoni (New York) pin Rose Kaplan (Indiana), 10-0 1:55



Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts) pin Ayana Medina (Oregon), 0:45

Jordyn Fouse (Pennsylvania) tech fall Alana Schafer (North Dakota), 11-0 2:32

Sarah Savidge (Colorado) tech. fall Ella Jauregui (California), 13-2

Alexis Janiak (Illinois) tech fall Estella Gutches (Oregon), 10-0 1:43



Skylar Little soldier (Minnesota) pin Hannah Ripper (California), 1:47

Taydem Khamjoi (California) pin Alissa Caltagirone (Massachusetts),  0:42

Alicen Dillard (Texas) dec. Madyson Gray (Kansas), 9-2

Janida Garcia (California) pin Camryn Brown (Connecticut),  1:19



Skylar Hattendorf (Massachusetts) pin Reagen Gallaway (Nebraska), 1:43

Kryssceah Ravenelle (Rhode Island) tech fall Gianna Dibenedetto (California), 12-1 2:17

Alessandra Elliott (New York) pin Gabriella Perez (Florida), 1:01

Amitria Mcnack (Missouri) pin Zoey Lints (New York), 4:42



Allyssa Johnson (North Dakota) pin  Elleni Johnson (Utah),  0:35

Sydney Perry (Illinois) dec. Maggie Graham (Tennessee), 6-6

Caitlyn Davis (South Carolina) dec. Maddie Kubicki (Missouri), 13-10

Clarissa Agostini (Michigan) dec. Savannah Gomez (California), 10-6



Stella Steigler (Virginia) dec. Rose Cassioppi (Illinois), 5-4

Aspen Barber (Colorado) dec. Ruby Rios (Washington), 10-7

Genevieve An (Georgia) tech fall Kaylee Anderson (Virginia), 13-2 3:47

Mishell Rebisch (Michigan) tech fall Delise e Villa (California), 10-0 1:38



Naomi Simon (Iowa) dec Piper Fowler (Tennessee), 10-2

Brooklyn Hays (Utah) dec. Haley Ward (Missouri), 6-5

Ella Pagel (Minnesota) pin Yasmine kalilly Oliveira (Alabama),  0:33

Shannon Workinger (Washington) pin Trinity Bouchal (Arizona), 0:25



Sabrina Nauss (Michigan) pin Kami Senlycki (Minnesota), 0:49

Maliya Castillo (California) pinCheyenne Ruiz (Utah), 1:02

Tirza Twoteeth (Montana) dec. Taylor Knox (Colorado), 6-4

Alivia White (Washington) pin Katelyn Lewis (Wisconsin), 0:58



Sam Calkins (California) dec. Cheyenne Cruce (Florida), 12-2 5:44

Madeline Welch (Texas) pin Catherine Dutton (Missouri), 4:58

Riley Dempewolf (Indiana) pin Ella Murphey (Tennessee), 4:03

Savannah Isaac (Ohio) pin Mariyah Brumley (Missouri), 1:52



Eliana Bommarito (Michigan) pin Ciara Monger (Colorado), 0:33

Rewa Chababo (Texas) pin Kiara Ganey (Illinois), 2:43

Dasia Yearby (South Carolina) pin Karla Padilla zepeda (Utah), 2:34

Alysse Phillips (California) dec Andrea Smith (Florida), 6-1

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