Texas didnt have any champions make the World Team but had plenty of placers with the top high school girls going up against seasoned college women. 8 Team Texas wrestlers made the top 8 with 5 women still in high school, 2 in college and 1 in the Army.
Xochitl Mota-Pettis and Alex Liles were the highest placers at 3rd. Kaylynn Albrecht placed 4th. Nina Pham placed 5th, Pham is a Wayland Baptist wrestler from out of state. Candice Corralejo also from Wayland Baptist placed 6th along with Ashley Lekas. Jacquline Ghent placed 7th and Lexie Basham placed 8th.
Below is the USA RECAP
Five past medalists highlight 2019 women’s freestyle Junior World Team
Photo: Gracie Figueroa in the Junior World Team Trials finals in Irving, Texas. Photo by Ray Shoaf, Wrestling Texas.
IRVING, Texas – After an exciting opening day at the 2019 Women’s Nationals, the Junior World Team is set in women’s freestyle, and it includes five past age-group World medalists.
The Junior World Championships are set for August 12-18 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Leading off the Junior World Team is 50 kg representative Alleida Martinez, who won Cadet World silver in 2015 and Cadet World bronze in 2016.
En route to earning her second-straight bid to Junior Worlds, Martinez took out multiple-time age-group World Team member McKayla Campbell in the semifinals before knocking off 2018 Cadet World champion and Youth Olympic champion Emily Shilson in an exciting finals series that was forced to three matches.
2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Gracie Figueroa also won a three-match finals against 2018 Cadet World bronze winner and EAP athlete Tiare Ikei at 53 kg.
Figueroa won the first bout, 3-0, but Ikei sent it to a third match with a 4-2 win in their second meeting.
Figueroa secured the series win with a second-period fall in the third bout. She heads to her second Junior Worlds and fifth overall age-group Worlds.
Both Martinez and Figueroa were 2019 WCWA champions for Menlo College earlier this year.
Seeking her fourth World medal in as many attempts is Macey Kilty, who will compete at her second-consecutive Junior Worlds.
Kilty, who recently took third in the Senior division at the U.S. Open, knocked off Cara Broadus in two-straight matches with a pair of tech falls in the 65 kg finals.
A Wisconsin native, Kilty is a 2018 Cadet World champion, 2018 Junior World silver medalist and 2016 Cadet World bronze winner.
At 62 kg, 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist and 2017 Cadet World silver medalist Alara Boyd will head back to the big stage after a dominating performance on Friday.
In her six matches of the day, Boyd won five by tech fall, one by pin and surrendered only two points.
She was pitted against 2018 Cadet World Team member Cheyenne Bowman in the finals. Boyd won the first match with a fall in 1:30 before wrapping up the series with a 12-0 tech fall.
Going to her first Junior World Championships is 2018 U23 World bronze medalist and McKendree University star Korinahe Bullock, representing the U.S. at 76 kg.
Bullock, also a 2018 Final X runner-up, punched her ticket to Estonia with a pair of decisive wins against Campbellsville’s Kenya-Lee Sloan, 12-0 and 10-1, in the finals.
There are three other wrestlers that earned back-to-back bids to the Junior World Championships, including 2018 U.S. Open champion Alex Hedrick of Simon Fraser at 55 kg, 2018 Senior National Team member Jayden Laurent at 68 kg and 2019 U.S. Open champion and Final X participant Alyvia Fiske at 72 kg.
Also returning to the Junior World stage is 2017 Junior World Teamer Cameron Guerin at 55 kg.
Rounding out the squad is Hawkeye Wrestling Club athlete Michaela Beck, who won the spot at 59 kg. Beck is a 2018 U.S. Open runner-up and 2018 Junior World Team Trials runner-up.
The 2019 Women’s Nationals continues Saturday with the Cadet World Team Trials. Action starts at 10 a.m. CT live on Flowrestling.org.
2019 WOMEN’S NATIONALS – JUNIOR WORLD TEAM TRIALS
at Irving, Texas, May 10-12
1st – Alleida Martinez (Team California) df. Emily Shilson (Team Minnesota), two matches to one
Round one: Shilson dec. Martinez, 6-4
Round two: Martinez dec. Shilson, 8-6
Round three: Martinez dec. Shilson, 5-2
3rd – Mckayla Campbell (Team Kentucky) df. Josie Bartishofski (Team Wisconsin), fall 2:35
5th – Nina Pham (Team Texas) dec. Sugey Ceja (Team Ohio), 10-6
7th – Caitlyn Walker (Team Pennsylvania) dec. Angelina Gomez (Team Georgia), 5-2
1st – Gracie Figueroa (Team California) df. Tiare Ikei (Team Hawaii), two matches to one
Round one: Figueroa dec. Ikei, 3-0
Round two: Ikei dec. Figueroa, 4-2
Round three: Figueroa df. Ikei, fall 4:40
3rd – Katlyn Pizzo (Team Kentucky) TF Autumn Flanigan (Team Missouri), 12-1
5th – Felicity Taylor (Team Iowa) dec. Rita Morales (Team Hawaii), 12-4
7th – Kierstien Bush (Team Utah) df. Caitlyn Thorne (Team Missouri), fall 4:10
1st – Alex Hedrick (Team California) df. Alisha Howk (Team Wisconsin), two matches to none
Round one: Hedrick dec. Howk, 4-2
Round two: Hedrick dec. Howk, 6-1
3rd – Ronna Heaton (Team Wisconsin) TF Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania), 10-0
5th – Phoenix Dubose (Team Washington) dec. Makayla Welch (Team Tennessee), 14-6
7th – Jacqueline Ghent (Team Texas) TF Kendall Bostelman (Team Ohio), 10-0
1st – Cameron Guerin (Team Washington) df. Gabrielle Skidmore (Team Wisconsin), two matches to none
Round one: Guerin TF Skidmore, 10-0
Round two: Guerin TF Skidmore, 10-0
3rd – Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Team Texas) df. Allison Petix (Team Tennessee), fall 0:46
5th – Marissa Gallegos (Team Colorado) df. Viktorya Torres (Team Washington), win by forfeit
7th – Ainslie Lane (Team Oklahoma) df. Joessie Gonzales (Team Washington), 5:37
1st – Michaela Beck (Team Iowa) df. Kaylee Moore (Team Washington), two matches to none
Round one: Beck TF Moore, 12-0
Round two: Beck dec. Moore, 8-2
3rd – Mia Macaluso (Team New York) dec. Niya Teresita Gaines (Team California), 4-4
5th – Andrea Schlabach (Team Ohio) df. Macy Higa (Team Hawaii), fall 5:07
7th – Tiera Jimerson (Team California) df. Alexandra Baudhuin (Team North Dakota), win by forfeit
1st – Alara Boyd (Team Indiana) df. Cheyenne Bowman (Team California), two matches to none
Round one: Boyd df. Bowman, fall 1:30
Round two: Boyd TF Bowman, 12-0
3rd – Alexandria Liles (Team Texas) TF Aine Drury (Team California), 10-0
5th – Jenna Garcia (Team California) df. Dalia Garibay (Team California), win by forfeit
7th – Louisa Schwab (Team Illinois) TF Lexie Basham (Team Texas), 11-1
1st – Macey Kilty (Team Wisconsin) df. Cara Broadus (Team Connecticut), two matches to none
Round one: Kilty TF Broadus, 10-0
Round two: Kilty TF Broadus, 12-2
3rd – Ashlynn Ortega (Team Tennessee) TF Cierra Foster (Team Oklahoma), 12-1
5th – Destiny Lyng (Team Oklahoma) TF Grace Kristoff (Team Illinois), 10-0
7th – Mckenzie Cook (Team Alaska) df. Zoe Nowicki (Team Michigan), fall 5:08
1st – Jayden Laurent (Team Wisconsin) df. Alma Mendoza (Team Colorado), two matches to none
Round one: Laurent TF Mendoza, 10-0
Round two: Laurent TF Mendoza, 10-0
3rd – Jerzie Estrada (Team Colorado) TF Tiffani Baublitz (Team Pennsylvania), 14-4
5th – Lena Flanagan (Team Washington) df. Candice Corralejo (Team Texas), fall 4:44
7th – Anatli Smalley (Team California) df. Kendra Thompson (Team Ohio), fall 1:51
1st – Alyvia Fiske (Team California) df. Dymond Guilford (Team Missouri), two matches to none
Round one: Fiske dec. Guilford, 6-0
Round two: Fiske dec. Guilford, 4-4
3rd – Joye Levendusky (Team New York) TF Kaylynn Albrecht (Team Texas), 14-3
5th – Alexis Gomez (Team Illinois) TF Grace Nelson (Team Washington), 10-0 0:42
7th – Marlynne Deede (Team Utah) df. Maggie Elliott (Team Michigan), fall 4:06
1st – Korinahe Bullock (Team Illinois) df. Kenya-Lee Sloan (Team Kentucky), two matches to none
Round one: Bullock TF Sloan, 12-0
Round two: Bullock dec. Sloan, 10-1
3rd – Emily Cue (Team Colorado) df. Kelani Corbett (Team Hawaii), fall 4:29
5th – Jaycee Foeller (Team Missouri) df. Ashley Lekas (Team Texas), injury default
7th – Gabrielle Hamilton (Team Illinois) df. Sydnee Kimber (Team Alaska), win by injury default