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Nauss, Maganya are Outstanding Wrestlers; Kolodzik, Ryan win Senior bouts at Michigan Border Brawl in Detroit

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Michigan Border Brawl winners: high school star Cecilia Williams of Michigan (left) and Senior star Matthew Kolodzik of NJRTC (right). Photos by Mark Lundy.

DETROIT, Mich. – Nothing like an all-star wrestling card to kick off NCAA Wrestling Week in Detroit. For those in town tonight, the Michigan Border Brawl delivered some great boys and girls high school matches, plus two featured Senior bouts, all live on FloWrestling.

All three of the Michigan high school girls who are ranked No. 1 nationally were able to win their bouts in their home state: home schooled Cecilia Williams at 115 pounds, Sabrina Nauss of Brighton High School at 164 pounds and Eliana Bommarito of Hartland High School at 240 pounds.

Williams had one of the most talented opponents of the night, when she squared off with No. 6 ranked Angelina Vargas of Park Hill High School, a Missouri state champion. Both athletes were able to score in the first period, with Williams leading 6-3. Vargas started the second with a double leg to close the score to 6-5, but then it was all Williams, who forced a step out, then scored a takedown and turned Vargas for a pin with 29 seconds left.

Nauss competed against No. Savannah Issac of Whitmer High School of Ohio. Issac usually competes at a higher weight than Nauss, and she scored the first takedown. However,Nauss got her offense rolling, hitting a four-point takedown to get the lead, adding another takedown, then turning Isaac three times with an ankle lace for a 14-3 win. Nauss was named the female outstanding wrestler.

Bommarito, one of the most dominant athletes in the nation, took down Missouri state champion Faith Spicer of Fox High School, then turned her, adjusting her position to get the pin in 11:19.

Winning the Male Outstanding Wrestler was two-time Iowa state champion Max Magayna of Columbus Catholic. In a competitive freestyle battle at 160 pounds, Magayna scored three takedown to defeat Jacob Gonzalez (Holly HS/MI), 6-4. Magayna scored two of his takedowns in the first period to lead 4-0 at the break. Gonzalez got on the board with a crotch lift turn in the second period, but Magayna scored another takedown to win by four.

The evening was ended with a pair of Senior-level events, one for men and one for women.

At 65 kg, Matthew Kolodzik (NYAC/NJRTC) got his offense untracked in a 12-2 technical fall over Dean Heil (Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC) in freestyle to end the card. Kolodzik took a 5-2 lead in the first period. He closed it out in the second with more points on his fee, ultimately getting a four-point takedown to secure the technical fall. Heil was a two-time NCAA champion for Oklahoma State, while Kolodzic was a star at Princeton

The women’s match featured a pair of college stars, Kendra Ryan (Cardinal WC/North Central College) and. Chloe Ayres (NJRTC/Princeton Univ.) at 115 pounds, Ryan, who was an NCWWC All-American earlier this month, took the early lead and scored some clutch takedowns to secure a 14-6 win. Ryan got it going in the first period, leadin 8-4 at the break. Both wrestlers scored takedowns in the second to make it 10-6, but a big double leg and a turn for Ryan closed out the victory.

Two wrestlers agreed to compete twice and both ended the night with a 1-1 record.

Isaac, who lost to Nauss in the 12th match on the card, opened the evening with a dominant 10-0 technical fall over No 14 Kailyn Garrett (South Lyon HS/MI), scoring five takedowns in the first period.

In the second bout of the night, No. 7 Christopher Kiser (Ponca City HS/OK) scored a 17-7 technical fall over Connor Greer (John Glenn HS/MI) in the second period at 106 pounds in freestyle. Greer led after the first period, 7-5. However, in the second period, Kiser tied it up at 7-7, then hit a four-point takedown to take the lead. He was able to turn Greer in par terre a number of times to close out the technical fall.

However, in the last high school bout of the night, Kiser was defeated by local star and Michigan state champion Jamarcus Smith (Detroit Mumford HS/MI), 8-4 in folkstyle. Smith opened with a takedown and two-point nearfall, was reversed by Kiser, then escaped to lead 5-2 at the end of the first period. The second period ended at 6-3, and Smith scored a key third-period reversal to stretch his lead.

In a wild girls freestyle match with a number of four-point throws, No. 10 Bo Geibe (Constantine HS/MI) outscored No. 19 Millie Azlin (Broken Arrow HS/OK), 16-13 in freestyle at 160 pounds. Geibe led 9-5 at the break, with a big lateral drop throw late in the period. Azlin powered with a four-point hip toss and another counter takedown to lead 11-9. Geibe came back with a four-point double over hook throw, then added a stepout to close out the win.

In a bit of an upset at 105 lbs. in girls freestyle, eighth grader Alexis Lazar (Plymouth Christian Academy, MI) scored a 10-0 technical fall over Missouri state champion Kate Cooper (Timberland HS/MO). Lazar scored four-point takedowns in both periods and added another takedown for the win.

In a 138-pound boys folkstyle match, Landon Sumner (Stillwater HS/OK) defeated Jeremy Ginter (Whitmer HS/OH), 9-3 Sumner scored two first-period takedown to lead 4-2. A three-point near fall in the second period allowed him to extend this lead to 9-3. Ginter rode out Sumner in the third, but was unable to score any backpoints.

In an international match in girls freestyle, Canadian Clarissa Agostini (Eastwood Collegiate Institute) scored a takedown then turned and pinned No. 25 Lydia Roope (St. Charles HS/MI), 0:58 at 145 pounds.

At 155 pounds in girls freestyle No. 25 Brynn Green (Howell HS/MI) defeated Kaylee Davis (Yukon HS/OK), 6-1. Green scored a takedown in the first period and two takedowns in the second period, with Davis only able to force one step out.

In an all-Michigan youth folkstyle match, Wyatt Cross scored the first two takedowns, then turned his opponent Dominic Nauss to secure a second-period pin.

The Border Brawl, which was held whenever the NCAA Championships were held in Missouri, went on the road for the first time this year. It was previously called the Missouri Border Brawl. This is a charity fundraising event to benefit the military and wrestling organizations. The event was broadcast and is archived on FloWrestling.


At Detroit, Mich., March 15

200 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle - No. 8 Savannah Isaac (Whitmer HS/OH) tech. fall No. 14 Kailyn Garrett (South Lyon HS/MI) 10-0

106 lbs. HS Boys Freestyle –No. 7 Christopher Kiser (Ponca City HS/OK) tech. fall Connor Greer (John Glenn HS/MI), 17-7

110 lbs. Youth Boys Folkstyle – Wyatt Cross (MI) pin Dominic Nauss (MI), 3:40

160 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – No. 10 Bo Geibe (Constantine HS/MI) dec. No. 19 Millie Azlin (Broken Arrow HS/OK), 16-13

160 lbs. HS Boys Freestyle –Max Magayna (Columbus Catholic HS/IA) dec. Jacob Gonzalez (Holly HS/MI), 6-4

105 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – Alexis Lazar (Plymouth Christian Academy, MI) tech. fall Kate Cooper (Timberland HS/MO), 10-0

138 lbs. HS Boys Folkstyle – Landon Sumner (Stillwater HS/OK) dec. Jeremy Ginter (Whitmer HS/OH), 9-3

115 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – No.1 Cecilia Williams (homeschooled/MI) pin No. 6 Angelina Vargas (Park Hill HS/MO), 5:31

145 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle –No. 15 Clarissa Agostini (Eastwood Collegiate Institute, CAN) pin No. 25 Lydia Roope (St. Charles HS/MI), 0:58

155 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – No. 25 Brynn Green (Howell HS/MI) dec. Kaylee Davis (Yukon HS/OK), 6-1

240 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – No.1 Eliana Bommarito (Hartland HS/MI) pin Faith Spicer (Fox HS/MO), 1:19

164 lbs. HS Girls Freestyle – No. 1 Sabrina Nauss (Brighton HS/MI) tech. No. 8 Savannah Isaac (Whitmer HS/OH), 13-2

106 lbs. HS Boys Folkstyle– Jamarcus Smith (Detroit Mumford HS/MI) dec. No. 7 Christopher Kiser (Ponca City HS/OK), 8-4

115 lbs. Senior Women – Kendra Ryan (Cardinal WC/North Central College) dec. Chloe Ayres (NJRTC/Princeton Univ.), 14-6

65 kg Senior Men – Matthew Kolodzik (NYAC/NJRTC) tech. fall Dean Heil (Titan Mercury WC/Oklahoma RTC), 12-2