March 08, 2012, 8:00 AM
There are girls, and then there’s Romy Marszalek, whose
reputation on the wrestling mat precedes her.
Romy Marszalek, 10,
wrestles Alijah Wheeler in a 74 pound first round match during a youth
wrestling tournament at Cedar Cliff High School
At 4-foot-6 and about 74 pounds, with mismatching green and pink laces
on her boots, and painted fingernails – today, they’re
blue, with yellow letters that spell CEDAR CLIFF when she puts both
hands together – Romy strikes fear in the hearts of her
Well sort of.
There was the case of the boy who forfeited a match and refused to
wrestle her because he was afraid of losing to a girl.
Then there was also the case of the boy who, as little boys sometimes
do, dispatched his buddy to tell the cute, dark haired girl-wrestler
that he had a crush on her ... only to realize later that he was
scheduled to wrestle her.
This boy’s declaration of love unnerved Romy more than any trash
talking ever could.
“He had his friend keep running up to us to say that he likes me,
and he’s gonna kiss me, and he wants to marry me,” Romy
says, grinning. “I was scared to go out there and wrestle, but I
still did, and I beat him.”
This fourth-grader is already three years into her wrestling career,
with a lifetime record that stands at 36-20. Thirty-three of those wins
have come against boys.
Pre-puberty boys, though.
That makes a difference because neither Romy nor the boys she wrestles
have hit the point where growth spurts and hormones set in.
Across town, in Red Land School District, sixth-grader Emily Myers is a
newcomer to the wrestling scene. Her rookie season last year was
shortened by injury, but she’s done well in some novice
tournaments this year and finished with a 15-4 record.
At age 12, Myers stands a little closer to the point where physiology
starts to make its presence known.
Her father, Eric, a former Red Land wrestler, says they are just
starting to see the physical differences between Emily and the boys she
goes up against.
In one recent bout against an East Pennsboro boy, for instance, Eric
recalls eyeballing his daughter’s opponent and realizing that he
was going to be tough to beat.
“This kid had wrestled since he was four. He had muscles, and you
could sense she was going to have problems,” Eric says.
Emily lost that bout pretty quickly, though her father applauded her
effort. But that’s the sort of thing that makes Eric wonder if
there’s an unfortunate shelf life to Emily’s wrestling
Myers, 12, takes a breather during wrestling practice at Red Land High
School last week.
Unless there comes a day where girls in Pennsylvania will get to
wrestle other girls in a separate girls’ scholastic wrestling
circuit, this will always be a problem for budding female wrestlers
hoping to stick with the sport all through high school.”My
biggest fear is that coming into being a teenager, boys will tend to
start getting a little bit stronger, and things like that,” Eric
says. I do think she could compete at the high school level, but I
don’t know how she would do.”
Lisa has sometimes found herself wondering the same thing about her
daughter, Romy. Even though she has pledged to support her spunky,
vivacious daughter in any athletic endeavor she decides to take on,
there’s a part of her that wonders when the biology will start to
get in the way of Romy’s progress on the mat.
“When they’re young, they’re all just kids, and
they’re all kind of built the same,” Lisa says.
“As their bodies change, so do their muscular structures and all
that stuff. So my concern is that it’s going to become harder and
harder for her to continue to wrestle as the boys become more boy-like
and she becomes more girl-like.
“I don’t know how long she’ll be able to continue
being a female wrestler in a boy’s wrestling world.”
CARVING A NICHE FOR GIRLS
Almost 40 years after the passage of Title IX, in an era where just
about every boys’ sport now has a girls’ equivalent, girls
are still a rarity in the wrestling room.
But that is slowly changing.
Alaska’s Michaela Hutchison stamped her name in the record books
in 2006 when she fought her way to a state title in the 103-pound
In 2011, Cassy Herkelman made national headlines when she became the
first girl to win a match in the Iowa state championship tournament
when her male opponent forfeited, citing personal beliefs that
prevented him from wrestling a girl.
Last month, Bloomington, Ind., native Kayla Miracle broke barriers as
the first girl to make to that state’s wrestling tournament
As these milestones fall, the profile of girls’ wrestling is
growing. When Hutchison won her state title in 2006, Texas and Hawaii
were the only two states in the nation that offered girls’
wrestling as a high school varsity sport, with official state
championship tournaments in place.
Today, according to the National Federation of State High School
Associations, five states now sponsor girls’ wrestling
championships, and the organization’s participation numbers show
that the number of girls in wrestling has increased 40 percent since
That was the year women’s wrestling was accepted in the Olympics
as a medal sport, which, many say, accelerated the growth of the sport
among girls in the United States.
“Since then we’ve gotten more publicity, and it’s
beginning to build,” says Ron Tirpak, who’s coached the
U.S. women’s World Cup wrestling teams for the last two years.
“Local colleges have picked up on it and it’s becoming more
He says he believes that women’s wrestling is poised for takeoff,
and he would like Pennsylvania to get with the program.
Tirpak is also the founder of the Swarthmore-based Women Only Wrestling
— the only exclusively women’s wrestling club east of the
Emily Myers is one of his wrestlers, as is Jennifer Chu, a former
junior national champion who is now spearheading the movement to
increase the number of female wrestlers in Pennsylvania.
As the women’s wrestling director of the Pennsylvania Amateur
Wrestling Federation, Chu was instrumental in organizing the inaugural
Pennsylvania Girls’ State Wrestling Championships, which will
take place at Susquehanna Twp. High School this Sunday.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while,”
says Chu, a Philadelphia native who started a women’s club
wrestling team during her senior year of high school, then continued
with the sport through college. “I think the number of girls [in]
wrestling is increasing, but it’s a Catch-22: you’re not
going to increase interest until you provide opportunities for girls in
the sport, but people generally don’t want to provide
opportunities unless there’s interest.”
Romy Marszalek, 10, is one
of a growing number of girls in youth wrestling.
Chu is hopeful that anywhere between 100 to 150 wrestlers will compete
in the tournament. Wrestlers don’t need to qualify, but in the
interest of making this a true state championship, only Pennsylvania
residents are eligible to compete.
“We’re trying to keep it as official as possible,”
Chu says. “We’re having official weights, and if the girl
is the only girl in her weight class, we’ll give her a gold medal
and try to get her some exhibition matches.”
That fact that it’s going to be held in Harrisburg on the same
weekend as the PIAA boys’ state wrestling tournament is also not
“We want the PIAA to take notice of it, so we’re going to
hold the championships in one day, and we intentionally picked the
Hershey-Harrisburg area and intentionally picked this date so that it
gets noticed and people realize there’s another wrestling
championship out there and that this one is all-women,” says Van
Plocus, the state chairman of the Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling
“Pennsylvania is the strongest wrestling state in the nation, but
the girls have found themselves having to wrestle in the boys’
“I think in the next few years that will change because high
schools will pick up varsity women’s wrestling.”
Girls’ varsity high school wrestling might be a little farther
away in the future than Plocus hypothesizes, given the current economic
crisis that has most high schools scrambling to find ways to trim their
Also, it’s not going to be easy to convince the PIAA to adopt
girls’ wrestling as an officially sanctioned sport.
PIAA assistant executive director Bob Lombardi was not aware of this
PAWF girls’ state wrestling tournament, and he says a motion to
introduce girls’ wrestling as a PIAA sport would have to come
from the member schools.
“Schools would have to embrace it and start it at the district
level,” Lombardi says. “It has not been an agenda item with
the wrestling steering committee, and the number [of girls]
participating in wrestling at districts is very small.”
But Plocus and Tirpak maintain that the interest is there, even if this
isn’t reflected in the NFHS’ participation numbers —
which list the number of female high school wrestlers in Pennsylvania
“Zero is completely wrong,” Tirpak says, pointing out that
in itself is evidence that there are probably a lot more female
wrestlers in youth and high school wrestling than most state
“Pennsylvania is the preeminent state in boys wrestling. If they
go ‘zero’ with us, what are they doing in some of the other
There’s some truth to that line of thought.
The NFHS gets their participation statistics from the state
organizations, such as the PIAA.
According to the PIAA, they estimate these participation numbers by
averaging roster numbers of teams in the state championships and
multiplying that by the number of teams statewide.
Conversely, the National Wrestling Coaches Association gets their data
from the results of a hydration test that every wrestler has to submit
at the beginning of the season in order to compete. Their records show
that there were 65 female high school-age wrestlers in Pennsylvania
this season.One of those was Lower Dauphin freshman Amanda Vale, who
wrestled junior varsity for the Falcons this year and who will compete
in this weekend’s girls’ state championship tournament.
Amanda Vale (in blue-and-white)
was on the Lower Dauphin junior varsity wrestling squad this year. She
hopes to get the Falcons to start a girls team down the road.
The Vales moved from California to Pennsylvania at the beginning of
this school year, and Amanda and her eighth-grade sister, Brianna, both
fell into wrestling because of their background in mixed martial arts.
Competing with the boys was intimidating at first, says Amanda, 15.
“I saw all these guys who were like, brawny, on my team. And I
was like ‘Wow, I have to compete with that?’”
Over time she got more comfortable with her new teammates.
“They got over the fact I was a girl and started being nice and
stuff,” Amanda says.
Her background in muay thai and jiujitsu helped her in the wrestling
room, but the learning curve was steep, and Amanda didn’t win a
match all year.
That’s not going to stop her. She has already decided that she
wants to stick with wrestling for the rest of her high school career,
and she’s determined to get better to try to keep up with the
“I’m going to start lifting and stuff, and working on my
upper body, to get stronger,” she says.
She’s also looking forward to next year because Brianna will be a
high school freshman and she’ll join her sister on the wrestling
The Vale sisters, Romy Marzsalek, and Emily Myers are proof that there
are girls in Pennsylvania who are interested in wrestling. But as long
as girls are stuck wrestling on boys teams, it will be difficult for
them to find success at the highest levels of the sport.
Amanda Vale would like to try and change that.
The enterprising freshman wants to approach Lower Dauphin athletic
director Dave Bitting about the possibility of starting a girls’
“I’ve heard from girls wanting to wrestle, but talk is
cheap,” Amanda says, “If we had a girls’ team, more
girls would step up and want to do it.”
She believes there are girls out there who want to wrestle, but the
biggest issue right now is that the idea of wrestling against boys can
be intimidating to both the girls and their parents.
These girls want to make wrestling the focus of their athletic careers,
but they’d like it so much better if they could do that apart
from the boys, and just wrestle each other.
According to nwcaonline.com, 35 Pennsylvania females competed in
at least one varsity wrestling match this season for their high school
teams. Those with five or more victories:
- Nicole Small, Fairfield junior, 106 pounds, 25-11 (15 non-forfeit
- Samantha Boozer, Cochranton senior, 106 pounds, 11-12 (6
- Megan Moroney, Riverview sophomore, 106 pounds, 8-1 (0
- Alexis Jacob, Bristol sophomore, 106 pounds, 8-3 (0 non-forfeit
- Francesca Giorgio, Wilson sophomore, 113 pounds, 6-7 (3
- Erin Orange, Academy Park, 126 pounds, 5-7 (0 non-forfeit
- Cassidy Ferrell, Ridley junior, 106 pounds, 5-15 (1 non-forfeit
- Other District 3 female wrestlers who had at least one
- Amber Laudenslager, Halifax, 126 pounds, 4-5 (1 non-forfeit
Women Only Wrestling: www.wowpa.org
Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation: www.pawf.org
United States Girls Wrestling Association: www.usgwa.com
Pennsylvania Girls’ State Championship
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012
Where: Susquehanna Township High School (3500 Elmerton Ave,
Harrisburg, PA 17109)
Format: Novice and Intermediate 1.5-min periods. Middle and High
School 2-minute periods. If a girl is the only person in her weight
class, she will receive a gold medal for that class and move up or down
to a class for matches.
Divisions: Intermediate (first to third grade) -- 45, 50, 55,
60, 70, 80, 90, 90+; Novice (fourth and fifth grade) -- 60, 65, 70, 80,
90, 100, 112, 112+; Middle School (sixth to eighth grade) -- 75, 81,
89, 97, 105, 113, 120, 128, 137, 145, 155, 175+’ High School
(ninth to 12th grade) -- 91, 97, 105, 112, 118, 124, 130, 139, 148,
159, 172, 198+
Weigh-in: 8-8:30 a.m., March 11
Wrestling: 9:30 a.m. till conclusion
Entry Fee: Online pre-registration $25 (www.trackwrestling.com)
Pre-registration closes 10 p.m. March 10. Walk-ins on March 11, $30.
Spectator admission: $3 students, $6 adults
Medals: Top 4 place winners
Qualification: Open to Pennsylvania-residents only. No
pre-qualification process; USA Wrestling membership required (available
on-site or online at www.usawmembership.com)
Contact: Jennifer Chu, Pennsylvania Director of Women’s
Three Des Moines girls will compete for state titles at North High.
3:05 PM, Mar. 7, 2012
Alahna Vetterick, Hamonnia Clark and Della Porcelli, all of Des
Moines, have one goal in common: to wrestle hard and hopefully win this
weekend at the 13th annual state girls’ wrestling tournament.
Gene Hildreth, a classroom instructor and physical education teacher
at North High School, has coached a few female wrestlers in a preschool
through eighth-grade junior wrestling club that’s part of the
North-Hoover high school wrestling program.
North will host the girls’ state tournament for the third year.
“This is another opportunity for girls to display and showcase
their skills on a more level playing field,” Hildreth said.
“The atmosphere has always been awesome at our previous two
events. There have been some great matches and, as always, these girls
come ready to battle.”
Eight-year-old Hamonnia Clark shares trophy space in her home on the
west side with her brothers. She’s hoping to add another trophy
after this weekend’s tournament.
“Two years ago, she started wrestling,” her dad, Craig
Clark, said. “She’s always done everything the boys did,
and when she said she wanted to wrestle, I thought, ‘Why
not?’ I think it’s real important to have this tournament,
because as a girl wrestler, they don’t run into too many other
girls wrestling in tournaments.”
Hamonnia has wrestled boys all year and took second at the
girls’ state tournament last year, her dad said.
“This year, she’s looking for first,” he added.
Five-year-old Della Porcelli enjoys following in the footsteps of
her dad, Anthony. The two, who live in the Highland Park neighborhood,
have been in the gym together the past two years. The littlest Porcelli
“picks it up as she goes,” her dad said.
“She doesn’t consider it a sport yet; she just has fun
with me,” said Anthony Porcelli, 49, a 13-time national veteran
wrestling division champion. Like his daughter, he began wrestling when
he was 5.
“I wrestled in high school, college, nationally,
internationally; I love it, but I try not to put too much pressure on
her, knowing how much stress wrestling can bring,” he said.
“I try to keep it fun while I’m champing at the bit,
because there’s so many opportunities for women in wrestling now.
You can get a college scholarship or an Olympic medal.”
Both dads harbor some concern about their daughters wrestling boys,
but with two brothers, Clark holds her own, and with an award-winning
dad, Della has trained hard.
“They have to work out with boys, but I don’t want them
to hate the sport because they got thumped in the head by stronger
boys,” Anthony Porcelli said. “But I want her to do well.
If women can be president, they can wrestle.”
Hildreth said he always coaches girls the same as boys and holds the
same expectations for both genders on the mat.
“We had a former female wrestler on our team who literally was
one of the hardest workers in the room,” he said. “This
proved to me that there should not be different sets of expectations
for the female participants.
“When it comes to competition, obviously there can be a
difference in body structure, specifically muscle mass, and at times
this can lead to a disparity of strength, but that also exists between
different male wrestlers.”
As a wrestling mom and tournament director, Jenn Vetterick looks
forward to watching her daughter, Alanah, 12, wrestle this weekend.
Several boys from the southeast Des Moines family have wrestled, but
Alanah combines dance class with wrestling practice to boost her skills
“When we first started her in wrestling, we knew nothing about
USGWA (the United States Girls’ Wrestling Association) until some
girls told us about it at a tournament,” Jenn Vetterick said.
“We make it our mission to tell others about it and hand out
fliers to every little girl we find.
“I played sports growing up. As a firefighter paramedic in a
male-dominated world, it’s important for me to teach my daughter
that she can do whatever she wants.”
Alanah, who qualified for the state tournament at the middle school
level, has wrestling dreams that go beyond this tournament: She wants
to attend Waldorf College and join the women’s wrestling program
“Girls’ wrestling is growing, but it isn’t easy
being a girl wrestler,” her mom said. “Having women’s
Olympic wrestling brings more attention to it, and having a girl
placing at the podium in the state tournament helps. But Iowa is a bit
behind the ball with girls’ wrestling. In order for her to ...
become a stronger wrestler (and) compete at the collegiate level, she
has to compete with boys.”
That has led to some opponents forfeiting matches, “but we
don’t make an issue out of it,” Vetterick said. “I
would prefer my daughter wrestle just girls, because repeated defeats
to boys may make some girls lose heart in the sport.”
By Robert Massey, ASSISTANT EDIOR
Highwood high school has seen a growing number of
girls taking part in wrestling over the last few years and this year it
has finally paid off.
The girls came home from Rural Provincials in Bonneyville on Feb. 23
to 25 with the Bill Young Award and the girls 3A team banner.
“It was an absolutely brilliant performance,” said
Mustangs’ wrestling coach Derek Markides.
The girls came home with two gold medals and two silver medals to
run away with the banner.
“We actually dominated fairly well, we had a lot more points.
There was a bit of a margin between us and the next girls’
team,” said Markides. “I knew there was a possibility of
that before and as they wrestled it became more and more of a
possibility as we went. They were beating girls they should beat and
they were bearing other girls in tough matches too.”
Grade 12 wrestler Marissa Argue came home with a gold medal and said
she was very proud of her fellow wrestlers.
“It’s my senior year, so taking home that banner just
felt good as a team of girls,” said Argue. “We were
cheering so loud we didn’t even hear how many points we
Amanda Seto didn’t wrestle last year, so being able to come
back in her Grade 12 year and not only win a gold but the banner as
well is a special way to finish off her Grade 12 year.
“I was ecstatic, very happy. It shows our hard work paid
off,” said Seto. “All our hard work and sweat really paid
The girls brought home the award that is named after former Highwood
wrestling coach Bill Young, who is still teaching at the school and
coaching girls rugby.
Markides said to have the trophy back in its place of origin is
something special for the school and for the team.
“I think it is a big deal for him too...I
think this program doesn’t exist without him,” said
Markides. “It is nice to have it back here. We officially have
two Bill Youngs at this point.”
The girls were understandably excited on the way home and why not,
Markides says they deserve it.
“I’m just happy, the girls were really excited and
rightfully so,” said Markides. “They made it happen, they
are all working very hard and were pushing to make it.”
Great showing for boys
While the girls may have come home with a banner, the boys had a
great showing as well.
The boys came home with a gold medal and two silvers and a whole
bunch of bronze medals as well.
Markides couldn’t have asked for much more out of his boys,
many of whom took part in the tourney as part of the largest and
toughest weight classes.
“A bunch of third places and I am happy with that in those
middle weights, those are large, tough classes,” said Markides.
Many of the wrestlers are in the 62 to 76 kilogram categories, which
means each one of them needs to fight hard to get to the final four.
“It’s a lot of matches in two days for these
kids,” said Markides. “They were wrestling well and winning
the tough matches.”
By Steve Langsam
Monday March 05, 2012
Photo courtesy of Phil Lobsinger
Alhambra wrestler Anastasia Lobsinger had a wonderful season, going
34-3 on the season, with 29 pins.
After winning the NCS Girls Wrestling Tournament and placing Third in
the CIF Girls Wrestling State Championships, Lobsinger became the
highest state place winner in Alhambra High School’s 48 years of
wrestling history. “It felt good to get so far. It was a good
accomplishment to get to the CIF Championships. This was my second year
in a row getting there,” said Anastasia Lobsinger. “I
placed seventh last year and third this year.”
But the road was not easy for Lobsinger. “I trained twice a day.
I lifted weights, did cardio after wrestling practice,” said
Lobsinger. “I practiced with the boys, I practiced with the
girls, and I practiced with everyone.”
Lobsinger changed weight classes this year on top of training harder,
“I moved up a couple weight classes. I became stronger since I
started lifting, and my style of wrestling changed because of
it,” said Lobsinger. “I don’t wrestle the same
anymore because I learned more technique. I don’t just use my
sheer strength, it helps me control the match better now.”
Lobsinger wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t for the
help of others in her training. “I want to thank my coaches, my
family and my dad,” said Lobsinger. “I want to thank them
especially for pushing me past my comfort zones to become a better
wrestler. People think that wrestling is easy, but it’s not. They
don’t understand the demanding nature of it, cutting weight,
training, it’s very physical, I want to thank all of the people
who put their time into helping me.”
Lobsinger would also like to see the sport of girls wrestling expand,
giving her more opponents to face in the future, “It would be
nice to see the girls have dual meets against other schools like the
boys. Not just tournaments,” said Lobsinger. “It’s
fun to be on the mat, it’s kind of addicting – some what of
an adrenaline rush, other people would like that aspect too.”
Though Lobsinger was not able to get first at CIF Championships, she is
proud of how far she got, “My best victory this year was winning
the NCS Tournament, I felt the most accomplished after that,”
said Lobsinger. “I trained all year round, so I know I did my
Lobsinger is looking forward to her junior year wrestling for the
Bulldogs, “Next year hopefully I will take it, I will train twice
as hard as I did this year,” said Lobsinger. “My ultimate
goal is to win all of my matches using the moves I’ve trained so
Lashundria “Renee” Carter becomes first female at KFHS
to go to State
Klein Forest’s Coach Jonathan Clark, Principal Patricia
Crittendon and Lashundria Carter.
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 8:00 am
Updated: 8:42 am, Mon Feb 27, 2012.
Coach Jonathan Clark got the call he had been hoping for at 9 a.m.
on a Friday at Klein Forest High School. Senior Lashundria
“Renee” Carter had been given a chance to compete at the
Regional wrestling competition, despite placing third at districts to
become an alternate.
“I received the call saying if we could get there by noon and
if she could make weight, she was in,” recalled Coach Clark.
Fortunately, Carter had maintained her rigorous workout schedule, so
she was ready for the call. After working with her parents and the
school, both Clark and Renee made it to the regional event in Katy,
Texas, where she weighed in well under the 148 lb. mark.
Renee showed no hesitation as she won the initial match with a pin
in the first period using a signature cradle move. Next, she carried
the momentum into the second bout and won by a 7-2 decision. During her
third match that day, however, Carter fell to the top-seeded player to
move her into the consolation bracket. Regardless of the loss, Coach
Clark knew Saturday was another renewed opportunity for his senior
“I studied the bracket and knew that if she won this next
match, she would go to state,” recalled Clark. “So the rest
of the day to motivate her, I chanted ‘Beat Clear Lake, go to
And go the distance Renee did. With Coach Clark and several Klein
ISD and Houston-area coaches cheering her on the sidelines, Renee used
her favorite cradle move in the second period to take the match and
qualify for State. The win not only secured Renee’s first-ever
trip to Austin, but also solidified her in the Klein Forest record
books as the first female wrestler to advance to the State Tournament.
“Making it to State was my goal this year,” said Renee,
who began wrestling three years ago. “My best friend is who got
me interested in the sport, so I tried it and really liked it. Over the
years, I’ve worked hard and have gotten better with practice and
In what was once a male-dominated sport, girls wrestling has grown
in popularity among several high school programs in Texas and across
the United States. Clark also noted that he has seen the interest grow
during his tenure among the female students at Klein Forest. Aside from
the physical fitness and competitiveness of the sport, wrestling has
also taught Carter several life lessons.
“Not everything out there in life is going to be easy and come
naturally. In wrestling, you really have to work for it because it is
such a physical and mental sport,” she said. “I also try to
be a good role model, for my younger family members especially.
It’s good to know that I can have a positive influence on them
Upon graduation, Renee plans to attend college and study criminal
justice to become a police officer. Although a long journey ahead of
her, Coach Clark is confident Renee will be successful in school and in
“She’s incredible,” Clark said. “At
Regionals she went from having nothing to having this great
opportunity, and she really took advantage and earned her spot. I know
she is going to go to college and be successful at whatever she puts
her mind to, and as a coach, I am going to do everything I can to help
her fulfill those goals.”
Renee joins seven other grapplers from the Klein ISD for the State
event held Feb. 24-25, 2012, at the Austin ISD Delco Center in Austin.
For more information on the tournament, click here.
By: | Culpeper
Published: March 08, 2012
Federation sent eight girls down to compete in the Atlantic National
Girls National Championship tournament in Raleigh, NC, over the
weekend, and seven grapplers left Sunday as national champions.
Facing girls from 14 states up and down the east
coast, the Culpeper girls had a long, tough day in front of them.
Kicking off the competition was 5-year-old Isabella Hardaway, who
recently won the Northern Virginia Wrestling Championships.
Hardaway wrestled tough and set the tone for the
other girls for the day. Isabella won the national championship in her
age group, as did fellow Culpeper wrestling teammates Jasmine Jenkins,
Madison Healy, Jackie Clark, Lexi Nalls, Lizzie Sabio, and Laurel Engh.
Engh, a senior at Culpeper County High School, and
Lizzie Sabio a freshman were the two high school grapplers representing
Culpeper and both were crowned as champions.
Lexi Nalls, from Culpeper Middle School, led the
middle school girls with six wins on her way to the title. Nalls, a
7th-grader was joined by fellow CMS middle school wrestlers Jesse Kirby
and Jasmine Jenkins, both 6th-graders, as well as Madison Healy, 7th
Jackie Clark and Hardaway wrestled for Culpeper in
the elementary division. Congratulations to all the girls who work so
hard and show such bravery in a traditionally male dominated sport.
Posted Mar 8, 2012By EMC News
EMC sports - South Carleton High School students Eric Lavigne and
Serena Weatherhead are heading to the Ontario Federation of School
Athletic Associations wrestling championships in Peterborough this week
as National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA)
Eric Lavigne won the gold medal in the boys' 83 kilogram class in the
recent NCSSAA wrestling championship meet while Serena Weatherhead
grabbed first place in the girls' 68 kilogram class.
They were part of an SCHS team performance at these championships that
saw South Carleton capture two gold medals, six silver medals and three
Stefan Shuster finished second in the 47.5 kilogram class while Adam
Crouch was the silver medalist in the 54 kilogram class. Brent Davies
placed second in the 72 kilogram class.
Sabrina Calegeracos of South Carleton was second in the girls' 48
kilogram class while Emma Crouch of SCHS was the silver medal winner in
the girls' 54 kilogram class.
Andrea Pretty of South Carleton was second in the girls' 72 kilogram
Bronze medal winners for SCHS were Salim Wasay in the boys' 61 kilogram
class, Mike Ruhs in the 67.5 kilogram class, and Claire Krymuza in the
girls' 58 kilogram class.
Central, Peacock and Assiniboia sent wrestlers
to St. Mary High School in Prince Albert on Mar. 3. Some of the
athletes that went, in no particular order are Vicki Busch, Cassy
Busch, Cortni Dixon, Brock Pearson, Seth Scott, Ty Nordick, Aaron
- Published on March 7, 2012
Three high school wrestling teams went
to the 2012 regional wrestling championships in Prince Albert at St.
Mary High School on Mar. 3 and many will be representing their schools
at the provincial championships this weekend.
Peacock sent 10 athletes, Central sent
four wrestlers and Assiniboia sent one athlete to the competition and
nine came home with medals and 10 wrestlers will head to provincials.
Results from the competition:
Peacock did really well at the
championships; Vicki Busch competed in the girls 53 kg category and
placed first and will go to provincials, Cassy Busch competed in the
girls 56 kg category and placed first and will go to provincials,
Cortni Dixon competed in the girls 64 kg category and placed third and
will go to provincials, Brock Pearson competed in the boys 62 kg
category and placed fourth and will go to provincials, Seth Scott
competed in the boys 110+ kg category and placed first and will go to
provincials, Ty Nordick competed in the boys 110+ kg category and
placed second and will go to provincials Aaron Musikov competed in the
boys 110+ kg category and placed fourth and will go to
provincials, Keaton Bell competed in the boys 110+ kg category
and placed sixth, David Wilson competed in the boys 110+ kg category
and placed sixth and Maddie Marasse competed in the girls 53 kg
category and placed sixth.
From Central, Sinavere Tahiraj competed
in the girls 68 kg division and placed first and will go to
provincials, Braydon Parsons competed in the boys 73 kg division and
finished first and will go to provincials, Peter Ntignee competed in
the boys 62 kg division and finished second and will go to provincials
and Richard Simon placed sixth in the boys 73 kg division.
Assiniboia competed in the boys 90 kg
category and finished in fifth place.
The athletes will travel to the
University of Regina this weekend to attend the provincial
| Wednesday, 07 March 2012
Havana, Cuba, Mar 7.- Cuban
wrestlers intensify their preparation for an upcoming continental
Olympic qualifier, scheduled for the U.S. city of Orlando on March
The national commissioner of the sport, Eduardo Perez Tellez, told ACN
that a group of 14 wrestlers —including three women— will
represent Cuba in the tournament in Orlando, where the top two
finishers in each division will have secured berths in the Olympic
Games of London next summer.
Perez Tellez said that the team in the Greco-Roman style will comprise
Gustavo Balart (55 kg), Hanzel Meoke (60 kg), Jorgesibel Alvarez (74
kg), Pablo Shorey (84 kg), and Yunior Estrada (96 kg).
In the meantime, the Free Style squad will include Luis Ibañez
(55 kg), Yowlys Bonne (60 kg), Yuniesky Blanco (74 kg), Humberto
Arencibia (84 kg), Javier Cortina (96 kg) and Disney Rodriguez (120
kg), as well as female wrestlers Yumilka del Valle (55 kg), Katerine
Videaux (63 kg), and Lisset Hechevarria (72 kg).
|3/7/2012 10:56:00 AM
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Moore compiles 1-2 record
Central Valley senior Rose Moore compiled a 24-6 record
Valley senior Rose Moore finished in the top 16 at the second annual
CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships this past week in Lemoore.
Moore dropped two of her three matches in the 114-pound division.
Rose would have been assured a medal with two more wins.
"It was a good experience," she said. "I had a lot of fun. I tried my
Added Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart: "Everyone was rooting for
her because of her personality."
Moore dropped her first match and never recovered.
She lost by pin (1:59) to Steele Canyon's Kayla Lam-Litle in the
opening round. Lam-Litle took eighth.
"I was really nervous," Moore said. "I didn't wrestle good at all.
Every match was hard."
Rose won 8-7 versus Lincoln of San Jose's Michele Olmos in the
consolation bracket. Olmos was a Jr. National freestyle champion in the
Bethel's Ricki Liang (third place) ended Moore's season. Rose lost, 4-1.
"She had a pretty tough draw," Beckhart said. "She still wrestled well.
She's disappointed she didn't place. But she was smiling when she came
off the mat. Her goal was to make it to state. That's what she did. I
just wish she had more time."
Rose compiled a 24-6 record this year.
Moore placed fourth with a 4-2 mark at Regionals.
She took first at Los Banos and Bear Creek.
Rose finished second at Central Valley and Napa Valley.
"She was very focused," Beckhart said. "I don't have any complaints.
She's phenomenal in terms of being a role model."
Said Moore: "I worked hard and was lucky."
Rose joined Central Valley's wrestling team in the ninth grade.
"I didn't have any expectations going into high school," Moore said. "I
started setting goals last year."
Rose became the first Central Valley wrestler, girl or boy, to qualify
"There's a lot to remember," Moore said. "I can't narrow it down to one
thing. It's so sad this is my last year. I'm going to miss it."
March 6, 2012
MARQUETTE - USA Wrestling announced Tuesday it will be relocating
its women's freestyle education program from the United States Olympic
Education Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette to the
United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Wrestling said the decision to relocate the women's freestyle
program is separate from any decisions regarding the men's Greco-Roman
wrestling program at the USOEC.
"We are proud that over the past eight years, we have been able to
help so many athletes to pursue their education and their Olympic
dreams," USA Wrestling National Teams Director Mitch Hull said in a
prepared release. "We will continue to work to provide more funding at
the developmental ages, to put us in the best position for Olympic
success, while helping athletes with their educational pursuits."
The USOEC women's freestyle wrestling program under head coach
Shannyn Gillespie was founded following the 2004 summer Olympics. At
the 2008 Summer Games in China, USEOC resident athlete Randi Miller won
bronze at 63 kilograms.
The current 14 resident athletes have a number of options, including
applying for the U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete program
in Colorado Springs where they can continue their education at the
University of Colorado Colorado Springs or at Pikes Peak Community
Wrestlers who are not selected to be a part of the USOTC can either
remain at NMU, move to Colorado Springs to continue college and train
as a facility-use athlete or transfer to another university with a
There are 14 universities in the United States and Canada including
the USOEC at NMU that sponsor women's varsity wrestling as part of the
Women's College Wrestling Association.
According to multiple Mining Journal sources, Greco-Roman wrestling,
as well as men's and women's weightlifting will remain in Marquette.
The USOEC's short track speedskating program will also retain a
presence on campus, though nothing has been finalized as the university
continues to work with each sports' national governing bodies to secure
In August, the United States Olympic Committee informed the USOEC
that it would allow its contract with NMU to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.
The USOC is no longer directly funding training centers like the
USOEC or Petit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, but leaving the
funding decisions up to each sports' national governing body.
NMU pledged to continue operating the USOEC through June to allow
athletes to prepare for this summer's Olympic games in London.
The USOEC suspended its men's and women's boxing program over the
summer after USA Boxing failed to fill its 10 openings.
Stephanie Simon Evergreen wrestling
If Feb. 18 was the last time Stephanie Simon does battle on a
wrestling mat, it was a fine finale.
In her third trip to Mat Classic, the Evergreen senior capped her
high school wrestling career by capturing the state title at 145
pounds, pinning Lateah Holmes of Fife to win her first state title.
That accomplishment capped a season in which Simon did not lose a
match to a female foe. Those successes make her the choice for The
Columbian’s All-Region girls wrestler of the year.
Simon started wrestling as a sixth-grader at Cascade Middle School,
joining friends Michael and Matthew Nguyen at practice. At first, she
said she enjoyed the attention she got when she would defeat a boy.
“I guess by eighth grade I realized that it’s not really
just about beating boys,” she said. “It’s a really
cool sport that’s actually worth my time.”
Simon played basketball as a freshman at Evergreen, but said that
experience convinced her that wrestling was the sport for her.
Girls have had their own state tournament in high school wrestling
for six years. Simon lost to the eventual state champion and placed
third as a sophomore. She was a runner-up as a junior. She plans to
attend the Naval Academy after spending some time at the
Academy’s prep school.
“The worst part is knowing that I’m probably never going
to wrestle again,” she said.
Stephanie won her first state title, winning all four of her state
tournament matches with pins.
Her favorite win was the regional finals, a 17-10 win over Charisse
Jackson from Taholah High School. Stephanie was thrown to her back, but
Stephanie did not lose a match against a girl this season.
More about Stephanie
Stephanie suffered a knee injury days before the state tournament in
her junior season. She wrestled anyway and finished second that year.
She yet hasn’t had the suspected meniscus injury repaired
Stephanie was a top-four finisher last summer at a national
tournament at Fargo, N.D., success she said helped her confidence.
“I figured if I can place top four in the country, there’s
no reason why I shouldn’t win the state tournament,” she
Next year and beyond
Stephanie plans to attend the Naval Academy. She said she will go to
the Academy’s prep school after graduating from Evergreen.
“You’re the best in the state. No question about it.
Just do what you do. Just wrestle.” Stephanie Simon Evergreen
girls wrestler, describing her coaches’ advice to her when she
worried about the state tournament
Rest of All-Region team
Kyra Batara, sr., Mountain View: Placed second at state tournament
at 112 pounds.
Haven Camden, fr., Washougal: Placed sixth at state tournament at
Rose Eram, so., Mountain View: Placed eighth at state at 265 pounds;
Tiffany Hu, sr., Union: Placed eighth at state at 118 pounds;
Mixtly Simon, jr., Battle Ground: Placed second at state tournament
at 195 pounds.
Kassi Strano, jr., Battle Ground: Placed sixth at state tournament
at 100 pounds.
The season isn't entirely finished for the Cowichan Valley Wrestling
Club, but with most of its athletes having wrapped up competition, it
was time this past week to honour the club's top performers.
The club handed out a dozen awards at the banquet held at the
Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre, recognizing outstanding work both on and
off the mat.
Nolan Mitchell, a gold medallist at the provincial championships
last month, and Maegan Kuruvita, a silver medallist, were named the
club's top male and female wrestlers, respectively.
Heart awards went to Rowen Gillard and Rayne Hankins. Stefan Peruzzo
and Chelsea Warke were named Most Improved. Kayden Dorma and Shae
Mortil were named Rookies of the Year. Sportsmanship awards went to
Justin Nellestyn and Sophia Murray. Gobind Sall and Hannah Lauridsen
received with Inspirational/Leadership awards.
Several of the award winners are graduating, including Peruzzo, Sall
and Dax Parlee, who received special recognition for his contributions
to the club as a wrestler, coach and official. Also graduating are
Jacob Jones, Patrick Large, Cameron Chow and Keegan Thompson. It's a
bittersweet moment for the club to see such an accomplished group
"It's the biggest we've ever had," said head coach Nick Zuback.
"It's sad to see them go. They've definitely left a mark on the club,
which is nice to see."
Kuruvita, Sall, Mitchell, Hannah Lauridsen and Avery Gibson will be
heading to nationals in April.
Nearly 100 athletes, parents and supporters attended the awards
"We've had a big increase in the club, so it was nice to see most of
the wrestlers out for it," said Zuback.
The coach was also pleased with the way the event was handled.
"The food was amazing and the service was great," he said.
Several door prizes and auction items were donated, including
artwork from Coco Jones and Brandi Caddell of Karache Designs, and a
sports package with items from a number of local businesses, compiled
by Terry Morrison.
The club is holding a spring break camp on March 18 and 19 for
anyone ages 10-18 interested in trying out the sport. For info, visit
www.cvwc.ca or call Nick Zuback at 250-746-4056.
The Napa Sheriff’s Activities League competed in the third
annual Hoang Van Thu Classic on March 1 at Hogan Middle School in
Vallejo. The proceeds of the tournament benefit the namesake school in
Vietnam as well as the memory of Vietnam Veteran Jimmy Guiducci, whose
U.S. Army unit helped build roads in that area. About 139 wrestlers
from seven different schools competed. The brackets consisted of pooled
weights with four wrestlers in each bracket. All participants received
dog tag style medals.
Placing first for Napa SAL were kindergartner Gabby Trave, 5, who
went 1-0; first-grader Brandon Guiducci, 7, who went 2-0; third-graders
Nick Trave, 8 (2-0 with a 25-second pin) and Jacob Guiducci, 9 (3-0
with two sub-40-second pins); and seventh-graders Alyvia Fiske, 12 (3-1
with two pins); Liam Weinstock, 13 (3-0 with two pins); and Mason
Northrup, 12 (2-0); and eighth-graders James Kenny, 14 (3-0 with three
pins), Alec Richmond, 13 (2-0 with two pins) and Dylan Peek, 13 (2-0
with two pins, in 22 and 12 seconds).
Finishing second were pre-schooler Audrey McQuarrie, 4 (0-1),
first-grader Anthony Spoor, 7 (1-2), second-grader Dylan Smith, 7
(2-1), third-grader Ashton Heskett, 8 (2-2 with two pins) and
fourth-grader Dominic Smith, 9 (2-2 with one pin).
Placing third were second-grader Natalie Scott, 7 (1-2),
third-grader Ozzy Barnett, 8 (1-3), fourth-grader Aedyn Frazier, 9
(1-2) and eighth-grader Austin Gogan, 13 (1-2).
Napa’s fourth-placers were second-grader Leilani Frazer, 7
(1-3), third-graders Jake Clark, 8 (1-2) and Jonas Harvey, 8 (1-3),
fourth-graders Danny Rogerson, 9 (1-2) and Konrad Fiske, 9 (1-3); and
sixth-graders Kaeli Stephens, 12 (1-2), Daniela Almanza, 11 (1-3) and
Tanner Smithson, 12 (1-2).
Napa SAL returned to Hogan Middle School on Sunday for the USGWA
Girls NorCal Tournament, which featured more than 20 schools ages 5
through college age.
For Napa, Alyvia Fiske placed first at 125 pounds with a 3-0 record
and two pins; Leilani Frazer was second at 60 pounds with a 1-2 record;
Natalie Scott took third at 60 pounds with a 1-2 record; and Kaeli
Stephens placed fourth at 114 pounds with a 1-2 record.
The Napa SAL Wrestling Club is coached by Captain Jean Donaldson,
Deputy Dan Fiske, Deputy Jesse Ward and Mike Carollan. The club’s
season will end this Saturday, when its three middle school boys
compete in the 47th annual Tournament of Champions at Del Oro High
School in Loomis.
It wasn't how Javier Gasca III dreamed it, his
armed raised in victory for third place.
But there he was last Saturday morning at Rabobank Arena in
Bakersfield, his work concluded before the evening finals of the CIF
State Wrestling Championships. Gasca, the Kingsburg junior who had come
to the state tournament hoping for one more shot at Selma's Alex
Cisneros in the 132-pound weight class, lost in the most cruel fashion
in the semifinals on Saturday morning. Leading 3-1, Gasca was reversed
and pinned by Gilroy's Nikko Villarreal with eight seconds left in
their semi. So it was Villarreal, not Gasca, who took on Cisneros in
the 132 final Saturday evening.
"It was the perfect match," Kingsburg coach Fredo Flores said. "Until
the last eight seconds."
Gasca admitted he was disappointed at not reaching a fourth showdown
with Cisneros, who had bested him three times this season.
But he was also practical. "Third place," he said. "Is better than
fourth, fifth or sixth."
In the stunning reversal of fortunes, Villarreal
used moves called the "reverse Bulldog" and the "cement mixer" to pin
It was Gasca's only loss of the season to someone not named Cisneros.
"Forty two and four," Flores said, reciting Gasca's season record that
included 132-pound titles at the Zinkin, Doc Buchanan and Five Counties
tournaments. "The only losses were to the two state finalists."
Make that "state champions." In the final, Villarreal pulled off
another last-seconds move to defeat Cisneros 5-3.
That's why 132 was considered the toughest weight class at the state
tournament (15 of the state's top-ranked 132-pounders were returning
"That's the way wrestling is," Flores said. "Anything can happen.
There's not anyone untouchable." Yeah, just ask Cisneros, who was
denied a fourth straight state title.
In his third-place match, Gasca broke a 2-2 tie with a two-point move,
then a few seconds later pinned Victor Lopez of Poway with 36 seconds
left in the match.
The third-place finish was redemption of sorts for Gasca. Last season,
wrestling for Central High, he entered the state tournament as a top
contender at 119 pounds but failed to medal.
This year, Gasca came to the state tournament ranked No. 3 behind
Cisneros and Villarreal. And he made that ranking stand.
"You can always be ranked," Flores said, "but to come here and do it
When the season began, Gasca and Flores discussed the idea of the
wrestler dropping to 126 pounds for the post season. But as the year
went on, Gasca became comfortable at 132 and relished the idea of going
toe-to-toe with Cisneros, a three-time state champion.
They met three times. Cisneros won 3-2 in overtime at the Selma vs.
Kingsburg duel match, 3-1 at the Central Section Division II meet and
5-0 at the Central Section masters.
"We wanted one last shot," Flores said.
Some wrestling observers believe Gasca could have won a state title at
126, but both player and coach said they had no regrets about competing
Not having to cut weight allowed Gasca to be "super strong and ready to
go," Flores said.
"I faced lot of high-level wrestlers [at 132]," Gasca said. "I learned
a lot from it. And it's more fun not have to cut weight."
Gasca was philosophical about the end of his season.
"I think I had a phenomenal season," he said. "But it didn't end the
way I dreamed it would."
H Kingsburg's Regina Doi survived a health scare and appears to be on
the road to resuming her wrestling career.
The sophomore passed out during her first match at the girls state
tournament two weeks ago when her heart began racing. The incident was
spurred by a heart condition.
Cee Doi said Regina was treated at Stanford Hospital last week and it
was determined that she would not need a pacemaker.
An operation intended to control the electrical impulses in the
wrestler's heart was not successful, Cee Doi said. She said Regina's
heart condition will be controlled by a new medication -- which will
allow her to continue her wrestling career..