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Four returning champions reach finals at USMC Women’s U15 Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Isabella Marie Gonzales (CA) hits a gut wrench at the U15 Nationals. Photo by AJ Grieves.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Four 2021 U15 national champions won their semifinal matches and have qualified for the finals at the USMC Women’s U15 Nationals on Friday.

Returning U15 champions who have reached the finals are Morgan Turner of Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy (IL) at 39 kg, Emma Bacon of Pennsylvania (46 kg), Juliana Ocampo of Indiana (50 kg) and Isabella Marie Gonzales of California (54 kg),

Turner, a U15 and 14U National champion last year, will wrestle Kendall Moe of Indiana in the finals series.

Bacon, who also won U15 and 14U Nationals titles last year, will battle Florida star Mary Manis of the Spartan RTC FL in the finals. Manis is ranked No. 10 in the nation on the high school level.

Ocampo, who has a No. 6 national ranking in high school, will face Mariah Dillard of Texas in the finals. In the semifinals, Dillard beat Libby Roberts of Washington, who has a No. 25 national high school ranking.

Gonzales, who won the U15 and 14U Nationals last year, is ranked No. 7 nationally in high school She will battle Kaylyn Harrill of Nebraska in the finals.

Other finalists who have a national high school ranking are 62 kg finalist Jordan Fouse of Pennsylvania (No. 14 nationally) and 66 kg finalist Sarah Henckel of Connecticut (No. 15 nationally).

Fouse will face Isis France of Arizona in the finals. Henckel will battle Sandilynn Tuinei of Nevada for the championship.

There were numerous nationally ranked high school girls who were not able to reach the finals in a very competitive tournament.

The finals and medal matches are set for 10:00 a.m. CT, live on FloWrestling


At Fort Worth, Texas, May 6

Finals pairings

36 kg - Francesca Gusfa (Apex Wrestling Academy) vs. Jaclyn Bouzakis (Florida)

39 kg - Kendall Moe (Contenders Wrestling Academy) vs. Morgan Turner (Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy)

42 kg - Bianca Eide (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) vs. Lilly Breeden (Victory Wrestling)

46 kg - Emma Bacon (Pennsylvania) vs. Mary Manis (Spartan RTC FL)

50 kg - Julianna Ocampo (Beast Mode Wrestling Club) vs. Mariah Dillard (Spartan Mat Club)

54 kg - Kaylyn Harrill (The Best Wrestler) vs. Isabella Marie Gonzales (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)

58 kg - Taina Fernandez (HeadHunters Wrestling Club) vs. Peyton Hellmann (South Dakota)

62 kg - Isis France (Arizona Girls Wrestling) vs. Jordyn Fouse (Team Pennsylvania)

66 kg - Sarah Henckel (Team Tugman Wrestling Club) vs. Sandilynn Tuinei (Nevada)

Semifinals results

36 kg

Francesca Gusfa NJ (Apex Wrestling Academy) tech fall Jane Rodrigues NJ (Misfits Girls Wrestling), 15-4 3:24

Jaclyn Bouzakis FL (Florida) dec. Hailey Delgado TX (NXT Level Wrestling Academy), 8-4

39 kg

Kendall Moe IN (Contenders Wrestling Academy) dec. Lily Runez NH (New Hampshire), 8-6

Morgan Turner IL (Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy) pin Katie Biscoglia IA (Iowa), 8-1 1:31

42 kg

Bianca Eide MN (Pinnacle Wrestling Club) dec. Camryn Gresham OH (Team Miron), 2-0

Lilly Breeden MO (Victory Wrestling) dec. Khloe Kenney OK (Lady Outlaws), 8-4

46 kg

Emma Bacon PA (Pennsylvania) dec. Kayla Batres CT (South Side Wrestling Club), 6-3

Mary Manis FL (Spartan RTC FL) dec. Charlie Wylie NY (New York), 5-2

50 kg

Julianna Ocampo IN (Beast Mode Wrestling Club) pin Noelani Lutz NV (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 0:49

Mariah Dillard TX (Spartan Mat Club) pin Libby Roberts WA (Inland Northwest Wrestling Training Center), 8-2 1:19

54 kg

Kaylyn Harrill NE (The Best Wrestler) forfeit Timberly Martinez CO (MJ Mustangs)

Isabella Marie Gonzales CA (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)) pin Sophia Smith AZ (Arizona Girls Wrestling), 1:38

58 kg

Taina Fernandez (HeadHunters Wrestling Club) tech fall Jayci Shelton MO (Centralia Wrestling Club), 10-0 1:27

Peyton Hellmann SD (South Dakota) VPO Maddie Marsh IN (Northeastern Wrestling Club), 5-0

62 kg

Isis France AZ (Arizona Girls Wrestling) forfeit Matilda Hruby CO (Brighton Wrestling Club)

Jordyn Fouse PA (Team Pennsylvania) dec. Aleksandra Bastaic IN (Highland Wrestling Club), 8-3

66 kg

Sarah Henckel CT (Team Tugman Wrestling Club) tech fall Jahlia Miguel HI (Legends of Gold Las Vegas), 11-0 2:58

Sandilynn Tuinei NV (Nevada) dec. Emma Peach IA (Big Game Wrestling Club), 8-2