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Semifinals set for Junior women’s freestyle, seven returning champions remain in the tournament

by Savannah Asmann, USA Wrestling

Savannah Isaac of Ohio in the quarterfinals at the 2023 USMC Junior/16U Nationals

Savannah Isaac of Ohio in the quarterfinals. (Jim Thrall,

FARGO, N.D.—The first day of the 2023 USMC Junior/16U Nationals concluded Saturday night with the first two sessions of action completed. The semifinals are set for Sunday with seven 2022 champions remaining in the tournament and aiming to repeat.
All seven returning champions found their way into the semifinals in Clare Booe of Florida (112), Alexandra Szkotnicki of Maryland (117), Cadence Diduch of Illinois (132), Sydney Perry of Illinois (144), Mishell Rebisch of Michigan (152), Sabrina Nauss of Michigan (180) and Savannah Isaac of Ohio (200).
At 112 pounds, Booe navigated session two with a 12-1 technical fall of Riley Rayome of Texas in the quarterfinals and will face Gigi Bragg of Michigan in the semifinals on Sunday.
Szkotnicki of Maryland, competeing at 117 pounds, will face Angelina Cassioppi of Illinois in the semifinals. She pinned Jackeline Ramos of New Jersey in the quarterfinals to continue in the tournament.
Competing at 132 pounds, Diduch of Illinois moves on following a 6-0 decision over Celeste Detoles of Utah. Diduch will see Hanna Errthum of Wisconsin in the semifinals.
Perry, of Illinois, is set to face May Cuyler of Virginia in the semifinals. She defeated Presley Givens of Arkansas by 10-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals match.
At 152 pounds, Rebisch of Michigan pinned Adriana Palumbo of New York to return to the semifinals, where she will face Eduarda Rodrigues of California.
Nauss, of Michigan, matches up against Isabella Renfro of Missouri in the semifinals after defeating Maria Aiono of Nevada by 10-0 technical fall.
The last returning champion heading to the semifinals is Savannah Isaac of Ohio. Isaac bested Maggie Smith of Wyoming in a 13-8 decision to remain in the winner’s bracket.
Tilisa Matakaiongo of Utah fell in the quarterfinals and is no longer eligible to become the first ever Junior Women’s Triple Crown winner.
In the team race, Michigan leads with six athletes in the semifinals and 42 points. Illinois trails closely with five athletes in the semifinals and 35 points. California, Colorado and Missouri are in a three-way tie for third place, each with four athletes and 28 points.
The semifinal session will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Action can be followed at FloWrestling.
Junior semifinal pairings
100 pounds
Emaline Hicks (Michigan) vs. Gabriele Tedesco (Florida)
Katey Valdez (Colorado) vs. Valarie Solorio (Pennsylvania)
106 pounds
Heather Crull (Indiana) vs. Alexsys Jacquez (Colorado)
Chloe Dearwester (Ohio) vs. Harlee Hiller (Illinois)
112 pounds
Janessa George (Colorado) vs. Zao Estrada (South Carolina)
Gigi Bragg (Michigan) vs. Clare Booe (Florida)
117 pounds
Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) vs. Angelina Cassioppi (Illinois)
Angelina Vargas (Missouri) vs. Calli Gilchrist (Connecticut)
122 pounds
Rose Kaplan (Indiana) vs. Aubre Krazer (Pennsylvania)
Olivia Moreno (Texas) vs. Lexie Lopez (Colorado)
127 pounds
Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts) vs. Kylie Rule (Wisconsin)
Emily Sindoni (New York) vs. Tyler Swanigan (Michigan)
132 pounds
Cadence Diduch (Illinois) vs. Hanna Errthum (Wisconsin)
Lilly Luft (Iowa) vs. Anna Vogt (Texas)
138 pounds
Allyssa Johnson (North Dakota) vs. Netavia Wickson (Illinois)
Bridgette Sotomayor (Arizona) vs. Kaidance Gerg (Idaho)
144 pounds
Sevreign Aumua (Missouri) vs. Nebi Tsarni (Maryland)
May Cuyler (Virginia) vs. Sydney Perry (Illinois)
152 pounds
Lizzie Shunn (Utah) vs. Stella Steigler (Virginia)
Eduarda Rodrigues (California) vs. Mishell Rebisch (Michigan)
164 pounds
Amarisa Manuel (Michigan) vs. Naomi Simon (Iowa)
Ella Pagel (Minnesota) vs. Alexandra Hofrichter (Wisconsin)
180 pounds
Sabrina Nauss (Michigan) vs. Isabella Renfro (Missouri)
Cheyenne Ruiz (Utah) vs. Bella Porcelli (Iowa)
200 pounds
Savannah Isaac (Ohio) vs. Zoe Adam (South Dakota)
Tirza Twoteeth (Montana) vs. Mariyah Brumley (Missouri)
225 pounds
Alysse Phillips (California) vs. Brenda Banks (Pennsylvania)
Fernanda Canedo (California) vs. Gemma Templeman (California)
Junior quarterfinals results

100 pounds
Emaline Hicks (Michigan) dec. Megan Valdez (California), 5-4
Gabriele Tedesco (Florida) dec. Makenize Smith (Indiana), 8-4
Katey Valdez (Colorado) pin Joely Slyter (Idaho), 6-0 0:48
Valarie Solorio (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Mia Zuniga (Washington), 15-4 2:18
106 pounds
Heather Crull (Indiana) pin Lexia Schechterly (Pennsylvania), 12-4 4:26
Alexsys Jacquez (Colorado) tech. fall Aspen Blasko (Minnesota), 11-0 2:27
Chloe Dearwester (Ohio) pin Aroma Marrufo (Missouri), 0:42
Harlee Hiller (Illinois) pin Rylee Balcazar (Colorado), 2:18
112 pounds
Janessa George (Colorado) pin Gabriella Gomez (Illinois), 2:18
Zao Estrada (South Carolina) tech. fall Diana Gonzalez (California), 10-0 0:39
Gigi Bragg (Michigan) dec. Avy Perez (California), 17-9
Clare Booe (Florida) tech. fall Riley Rayome (Texas), 12-1 4:12
117 pounds
Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) pin Jackeline Ramos (New Jersey), 5:12
Angelina Cassioppi (Illinois) tech. fall Adacelli Salaiz-Noriega (Arizona), 10-0 1:46
Angelina Vargas (Missouri) pin Emma Albanese (Nevada), 5:03
Calli Gilchrist (Connecticut) tech. fall Fernanda Lopez (Texas), 15-2 1:28
122 pounds
Rose Kaplan (Indiana) tech. fall Angelica p. Vicente gonzalez (US Territory), 10-0 2:43
Aubre Krazer (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Alejandra Valdiviezo (California), 10-0 3:35
Olivia Moreno (Texas) tech. fall Milana Borrelli (Florida), 13-2 4:28
Lexie Lopez (Colorado) tech. fall Savannah Witt (Pennsylvania), 14-2 4:20
127 pounds
Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts) pin Kayla Edwards (California), 6-2 1:48
Kylie Rule (Wisconsin) tech. fall Alexandra Viera (New York), 12-2 2:48
Emily Sindoni (New York) tech. fall Aubrianna Smith (Oklahoma), 16-6 4:12
Tyler Swanigan (Michigan) dec. Kennedy Hsu (Nevada), 14-13
132 pounds
Cadence Diduch (Illinois) dec. Celeste Detoles (Utah), 6-0
Hanna Errthum (Wisconsin) tech. fall Emily Frost (New York), 11-0 1:20
Lilly Luft (Iowa) dec. Janiah Jones (Missouri), 3-1
Anna Vogt (Texas) pin Taylor Colangelo (Arizona), 1:26
138 pounds
Allyssa Johnson (North Dakota) pin Kiara Djoumessi (Iowa), 1:46
Netavia Wickson (Illinois) dec. Alondra Morales (Washington), 6-4
Bridgette Sotomayor (Arizona) dec. Faith Bartoszek (Wisconsin), 9-5
Kaidance Gerg (Idaho) dec. Gabriella Perez (Florida), 14-13
144 pounds
Sevreign Aumua (Missouri) tech. fall Clare Waite (Idaho), 10-0 2:37
Nebi Tsarni (Maryland) tech. fall Ariana Mercado (California), 10-0 1:50
May Cuyler (Virginia) pin Alessandra Elliott (New York), 0:51
Sydney Perry (Illinois) tech. fall Presley Givens (Arkansas), 10-0 2:32
152 pounds
Lizzie Shunn (Utah) tech. fall Gabby Reid (Pennsylvania), 14-4 3:29
Stella Steigler (Virginia) dec. Ruby Rios (Washington), 9-0
Eduarda Rodrigues (California) tech. fall Rebecca Strong (Missouri), 10-0 3:00
Mishell Rebisch (Michigan) pin Adriana Palumbo (New York), 4:49
164 pounds
Amarisa Manuel (Michigan) dec. Jael Miller (Pennsylvania), 11-9
Naomi Simon (Iowa) pin Alyssa Favara (Pennsylvania), 4:11
Ella Pagel (Minnesota) tech. fall Jailyn Camacho (California), 10-0 1:52
Alexandra Hofrichter (Wisconsin) pin Aurellia Ramos (Utah), 2:34
180 pounds
Sabrina Nauss (Michigan) tech. fall Maria Aiono (Nevada), 10-0 2:51
Isabella Renfro (Missouri) pin Kami Senlycki (Minnesota), 4:02
Cheyenne Ruiz (Utah) pin Genevieve An (Georgia), 1:42
Bella Porcelli (Iowa) pin Isabella Phillips (Washington), 0:45
200 pounds
Savannah Isaac (Ohio) dec. Maggie Smith (Wyoming), 13-8
Zoe Adam (South Dakota) pin Kiara Ganey (Illinois), 1:34
Tirza Twoteeth (Montana) pin Cheyenne Cruce (Florida), 2:07
Mariyah Brumley (Missouri) tech. fall Tilisa Matakaiongo (Utah), 12-1 4:05
225 pounds
Alysse Phillips (California) pin Lillianna Garcia (Michigan), 2:19
Brenda Banks (Pennsylvania) pin Alexis Stinson (Missouri), 0:58
Fernanda Canedo (California) pin Madasyn Frisbie (Michigan), 2:14
Gemma Templeman (California) dec. Angie Aguilar (Utah), 4-0
Team standings

1 – Michigan (42 points)
2 – Illinois (35 points)
3 – California (28 points)
3 – Colorado (28 points)
3 – Missouri (28 points)
6 – Iowa (21 points)
6 – Pennsylvania (21 points)
6 – Wisconsin (21 points)
9 – Florida (14 points)
9 – Indiana (14 points)
9 – Maryland (14 points)
9 – Ohio (14 points)
9 – Texas (14 points)
9 – Utah (14 points)
9 – Virginia (14 points)