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USMC Women’s Nationals kick off with U20 Nationals, with semifinalists determined in a loaded field

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

2021 Junior World champion Amit Elor of Titan Mercury WC hits an ankle lace at the U20 Nationals. Photo by AJ Grieves.

FORT WORTH, Texas – The first session of the 2022 USA Wrestling USMC Women’s Nationals featured the U20 Nationals, which features top young college-age wrestlers along with many of the nation’s best high school stars.

An intense quarterfinal round was held Friday morning, setting up what should be a spectacular semifinals during the second session, which begins at 2:30 p.m. MT.

Advancing were all three returning champions from the 2021 U.S. World Team, Claire Dicugno (57 kg), Mia Macaluso (59 kg) and Amit Elor (72 kg). Elor won the U20 World title last year, while Macaluso placed 10th and Dicugno placed 12th at the 2021 U20 Worlds.

Senior U.S. Open champions Adriana Dorado Marin of Army WCAP at 55 kg and Nanea Estrella of Hawaii (59 kg) have reached the semifinals at their weight classes.

NAIA National champion Adaugo Nwachukwu of the Swamp Monsters WC, who wrestles for Iowa Wesleyan, is in the 62 kg semifinals.

Four No. 1 ranked high school wrestlers remain unbeaten: Elor, plus California’s Brianna Gonzalez of Somar WC (50 kg), Arizona’s Audrey Jimenez of the Sunkist Kids (50 kg) and Nevada’s Reese Larramendy of Wyoming Seminary WC (65 kg).

The second session, which begins at 2:30 p.m. CT, will include semifinals for U20 Nationals, with the start of the U15 Nationals set for 3:30 p.m. CT. All of the action is live on FloWrestling.

Winners of the semifinals will compete in a best-of-three series on Saturday for a spot on the U20 World Team.


At Fort Worth, Texas

Semifinals pairings

50 kg

Sage Mortimer (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) vs. Brianna Gonzalez CA (Somar WC)

Samara Chavez (Team Tornado Wrestling Club) vs. Audrey Jimenez (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club)

53 kg

Kendra Ryan (Cardinal Wrestling Club) vs. Katie Gomez (California)

Juliana Diaz (Florida) vs. Estrella Dorado Marin (Army WCAP)

55 kg

Adriana Dorado Marin (Army (WCAP)) vs. Carissa Qureshi (California

Haley Vann (Empire Wrestling Club) vs. Amani Jones (Cardinal Wrestling Club)

57 kg

Claire Dicugno (Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club) vs. Jennifer Soto (Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club)

Sofia Macaluso (New York) vs. Carolina Moreno AZ (Somerton Wrestling Club)

59 kg

Nanea Estrella (Hawaii) vs. Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts Wrestling Association)

Savannah Cosme (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) vs. Mia Macaluso (New York)

62 kg

Adaugo Nwachukwu (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) vs. Janida Garcia (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club)

Skylar Hattendorf (New Hampshire) Vs. Skye Realin HI (McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club)

65 kg

Maya Letona (New York City RTC) vs. Reese Larramendy (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club)

Maddie Kubicki MO (Victory Wrestling) vs. Elleni Johnson UT (Legends of Gold Las Vegas)

68 kg

Destiny Rodriguez (All-Phase Wrestling Club) vs. Aubrey Yauger (All American Wrestling Club)

Clarissa Agostini (Unatached) vs. Tiera Jimerson (Cardinal Wrestling Club)

72 kg

Kayley Rada (Michigan) vs. Amit Elor (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

Alicia Pieper (Michigan) vs. Latifah Mcbryde NY (Bulls Wrestling Club)

76 kg

Brooklyn Hays (Champions Wrestling Club) vs. Lily El-masri CA (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club)

Tristan Kelly (Army (WCAP) vs. Rose Cassioppi (Hononegah Wrestling Club)

Quarterfinals results

50 kg

Sage Mortimer UT (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) tech fall Alexandra Szkotnicki MD (HeadHunters Wrestling Club), 12-2 1:44

Brianna Gonzalez CA (Somar Wrestling Club) pin Avery Ashley TX (Lovejoy Wrestling Club), 3:52

Samara Chavez TX (Team Tornado Wrestling Club) dec. Sydney Petzinger NJ (Cardinal Wrestling Club), 4-2

Audrey Jimenez AZ (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) tech. fall Emilie Gonzalez CA (Somar Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:25

53 kg

Kendra Ryan MI (Cardinal Wrestling Club) forfeit Alexis Montes TX (NXT Level Wrestling Academy), 0-0

Katie Gomez CA (California) tech fall Virginia Foard VA (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:35

Juliana Diaz FL (Florida) tech. fall Adacelli Salaiz-noriega AZ (Arizona Girls Wrestling), 10-0 0:37

Estrella Dorado marin CO (Army (WCAP)) tech fall Arieana Arias CA (Selma High School Wrestling), 10-0 1:32

55 kg

Adriana Dorado marin CO (Army (WCAP)) tech. fall Trinity Howard AZ (Arizona), 10-0 1:24

Carissa Qureshi CA (California) dec. Alejandra Corral HI (Menlo Wrestling Club), 10-2

Haley Vann OR (Empire Wrestling Club) tech. fall Kelsey Bilz IN (Indiana), 10-0 1:12

Amani Jones GA (Cardinal Wrestling Club) tech. fall Melanie Mendoza CA (Team Tornado Wrestling Club), 13-2 5:57

57 kg

Claire Dicugno WA (Colorado Mesa Wrestling Club) pin Cordey Mallo CO (Colorado), 6-0 0:56

Jennifer Soto CA (Daniel Cormier Wrestling Club) tech fall Anna Krejsa IN (Red Cobra Wrestling Academy), 14-4 4:09

Sofia Macaluso NY (New York) tech. fall Joanna Vanderwood WA (Washington), 10-0 2:13

Carolina Moreno AZ (Somerton Wrestling Club) VSU Ngao shoua Whitethorn MN (Victory School of Wrestling), 10-0 2:35

59 kg

Nanea Estrella HI (Hawaii) pin Alice Rickett OR (Empire Wrestling Club), 0:54

Jaclyn Dehney NH (Massachusetts Wrestling Association) pin Izzy Clements UT (Champions Wrestling Club), 0:23

Savannah Cosme CO (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) pin Lana Perez HI (Hawaii), 1:21

Mia Macaluso NY (New York) pin Kylie Rule WI (Wisconsin), 8-1 2:13

62 kg

Adaugo Nwachukwu CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) tech fall Addison Messerly KY (Kentucky), 10-0 2:11

Janida Garcia CA (Swamp Monsters Wrestling Club) dec. Paige Wehrmeister MO (BullTrained Wrestling), 8-3

Skylar Hattendorf NH (New Hampshire) pin Nicole Poussier WA (White River Hornets Wrestling Club), 2-0 0:37

Skye Realin HI (McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club) dec. Emmily Patneaud CA (McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club), 9-1

65 kg

Maya Letona CA (New York City RTC) dec. Emma Walker TN (Tennessee), 8-4

Reese Larramendy NV (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club) pin Chloe Ogden NC (Tar Heel Wrestling Club), 5:08

Maddie Kubicki MO (Victory Wrestling) pin Isabella Amaro OR (Empire Wrestling Club), 1:58

Elleni Johnson UT (Legends of Gold Las Vegas) dec. Grace Stem PA (Team Pennsylvania), 18-15

68 kg

Destiny Rodriguez OR (All-Phase Wrestling Club) pin Sarina Bertram MO (Kansas City Wrestling Club), 0:50

Aubrey Yauger TX (All American Wrestling Club) pin Josette Partney MO (Missouri Baptist Wrestling Club), 4:19

Clarissa Agostini CAN (Unatached) tech. fall Kaylee Anderson VA (Shenandoah Wrestling Academy), 10-0 2:12

Tiera Jimerson CA (Cardinal Wrestling Club) pin Anayka Besco KS (Kansas), 0:15

72 kg

Kayley Rada MI (Michigan) pin Jessica Kemgne NY (New York), 2:43

Amit Elor CA (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) tech. fall Kimberly Pollak NE (Bronco Womens Wrestling Club), 10-0 0:35

Alicia Pieper MI (Michigan) pin Alexandra Hofrichter WI (Antigo Wrestling Club), 1:02

Latifah Mcbryde NY (Bulls Wrestling Club) dec. Shannon Workinger WA (Ascend Wrestling Academy), 15-6

76 kg

Brooklyn Hays UT (Champions Wrestling Club) dec. Darby Weidl KS (Wichita Training Center), 6-3

Lily El-masri CA (Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club) dec. Emma Carter MO (Kansas City Wrestling Club), 6-2

Tristan Kelly CO (Army (WCAP)) pin Faith Macharia TX (Spartan Mat Club), 1:07

Rose Cassioppi IL (Hononegah Wrestling Club) tech fall Kimberly Carlin CO (Colorado), 10-0 1:38