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Fargo 2022 Preview: Pair of 2021 champs could meet in Junior Women

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Updated: July 8, 2022

Photo: Alexis Janiak (left) and Cadence Diduch each earned championships in two different divisions in the 2021 16U/Junior Nationals. The native of Illinois are expected to compete in this summer’s Junior Women’s Freestyle tournament in Fargo on July 19-20.

Many of the girls who wrestle at USA Wrestling’s 16U/Junior Nationals in Fargo every summer compete in both divisions in the week-long event in Fargo, N.D. That will be the case in this summer’s event that will take place July 16-22 in the Fargodome.

That includes at 127 pounds, where a pair of 2021 Fargo champs … and natives of Illinois — Alexis Janiak and Cadence Diduch — could face each other in the upcoming Junior Women’s Freestyle tournament that will take place July 19-20.

Janiak is coming off her senior year at Plainfield South High School, where she won an Illinois state championship this past February in the inaugural girls state tournament at 130 pounds. Last summer, she defeat4ed Sofia Macaluso of New York for the 127-pound Junior title.

Diduch, who will also compete in this year’s 16U Women’s Freestyle tourney,  was a sophomore at Freeport High School in Illinois. She became the first female to win a NIC-10 conference championship for the boy’s team. Last year, she won a 16U Fargo championship at 117 pounds in women’s freestyle.

Preliminary numbers indicated that 971 girls from 47 states have entered this year’s Junior Women’s tournament.

The source for these numbers can be found in Jason Bryant’s MatTalk Online Fargo Almanac. (https://mattalkonline.gumroad.com/l/fargoguide)

Other returning champs from the 2021 Junior Women’s tournament includes a pair of California natives in Savannah Gomez, who will compete at 144 pounds this July after winning a Fargo trophy at 138 pounds last summer, and Sam Calkins, who is dropping down to 180 this summer after winning a Junior title at 200 pounds in 2021. Meanwhile Oregon’s Destiny Rodriquez, who won a championship at 144 will wrestle at 152 this July, while Michigan’s Eliana Bommarito will return to defend her 225-pound title from last summer.

Meanwhile there are five other women, who won 16U championships last summer, who are entered in the 2022 Junior Women’s Nationals: Florida’s Valarie Solorio (100 pounds), Indiana’s Makenzie Smith (106), New York’s Alessandra Elliott (138), Maryland’s Nebi Tsarni (144), and Missouri’s Catherine Dutton (200).

Overall, a record 7,100 young wrestlers will compete in the six tourneys in the week-long event that once again will be held in the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University.

The following is a schedule for all six tournaments. Click on a separate tourney to view a preview of that competition. 16U and Junior previews in men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman will be available next week.:

TourneyFirst-roundQuarters/SemisFinals
16U women’s FSJuly 16, 8 a.m.July 16, 3 p.m.July 17, 1:30 p.m.
16U men’s FSJuly 16, 8 a.m.July 17, 4:30 p.m.July 18, 1:30 p.m.
Junior men’s FSJuly 17, 4:30 p.m.July 18, 9 a.m./4:30 p.m.July 19, 1 p.m.
Junior women’s FSJuly 19, 9 a.m.July 19, 4 p.m./July 20 9 a.m.July 20, 2 p.m.
16U GrecoJuly 20, 8 a.m.July 20, 5 p.m./July 21, 8:30 a.m.July 21, 2 p.m.
Junior GrecoJuly 21, 8:30 a.m.July 21, 4:30 p.m./July 22, 9 a.m.July 22, 2 p.m.

The following are the All-American results from last year’s Junior Nationals in women’s freestyle:

Championship Matches

100 – Brianna Gonzalez (California) no contest with Emilie Gonzalez (California) – co-champs

106 – Paige Morales (California) dec. Kiely Tabaldo (California), 8-4

112 – Sage Mortimer (Utah) dec.  Samara Chavez (Texas), 12-7

117 – Ngao shoua Whitethorn (Minnesota) pinned Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts), 10-2 3:34

122 – Shelby Moore (Washington) dec.  Jennifer Soto (California), 5-1

127 – Alexis Janiak (Illinois) won by TF over Sofia Macaluso (New York), 10-0 1:22

132 – London Houston (Washington) won by TF over Hanna Errthum (Wisconsin), 12-1 0:56

138 – Savannah Gomez (California) pinned Sara Sulejmani (Illinois), 8-2 3:32

144 – Destiny Rodriguez (Oregon) won by TF over Reese Larramendy (Nevada), 13-3 5:05

152 – Jasmine Robinson (Texas) won by TF over Rose Cassioppi (Illinois), 11-0 1:11

164 – Kylie Welker (Wisconsin) won by TF over Ashley Reed (Connecticut), 13-0 1:24

180 – Brittyn Corbishley (Texas) won by TF over Taryn Martin (Ohio), 11-0 2:18

200 – Sam Calkins (California) dec. Riley Dempewolf (Indiana), 2-2

225 – Eliana Bommarito (Michigan) pinned Lexie Cole (Missouri), 9-0 2:34

3rd Place Matches

100 – Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) pinned Erin Hikiji (Hawaii), 10-6 2:28

106 – Faith Cole (Missouri) won by TF over Julianne Moccia (Maryland), 10-0 1:38

112 – Jenavi Alejandro (Nevada) dec. Avery Ashley (Texas), 14-5

117 – Salyna Shotwell (Washington) pinned Taylin Long (Illinois), 8-6 4:49

122 – Montana Delawder (Pennsylvania) won by TF over Sara Sterner (California), 10-0 1:06

127 – Janida Garcia (California) won by TF over Skylar Little soldier (Minnesota), 10-0 3:25

132 – Esther Han (Utah) dec. Aubrey Yauger (Texas), 6-2

138 – Nina Makem (Minnesota) pinned Caitlyn Davis (South Carolina), 5-4 4:18

144 – Katerina Lange (Minnesota) pinned Kendall Bostelman (Ohio), 8-2 2:16

152 – Amarisa Manuel (Michigan) pinned Ella Nichols (Connecticut), 10-0 2:52

164 – Jessi Johnson (New Jersey) pinned Shannon Workinger (Washington), 10-9 5:13

180 – Sabrina Nauss (Michigan) dec. Alivia White (Washington), 11-9

200 – Catherine Dutton (Missouri) pinned Lexi Shannon (Texas), 3-2 2:24

225 – Hannah Francis (Texas) dec. Omastewin Foster (Montana), 6-1

5th Place Matches

100 – Madison Avila (California) dec. Kealonie Vega (Florida), 2-1

106 – Rianne Murphy (Indiana) won by TF over Greta Gustafson (California), 10-0 2:35

112 – Ava Bayless (Pennsylvania) won by forfeit over Nyla Valencia (California), 0-0

117 – Ella Schmit (Iowa) pinned Torieonna Buchanan (Indiana), 10-2 4:09

122 – Amani Jones (Georgia) dec. Adrienna Turner (California), 4-1

127 – Kylie Rule (Wisconsin) dec. Alyssa Randles (Idaho), 10-4

132 – Cassia Zammit (Ohio) dec. Taylor Fierbach-graveman (South Dakota), 23-18

138 – Madison Sandquist (Texas) won by TF over Mariah Wahl (Montana), 10-0 1:04

144 – Faith Bartoszek (Wisconsin) dec. Schyler Caringi (New York), 4-2

152 – Stella Steigler (Virginia) won by TF over Emily Brown (New York), 14-3 5:55

164 – Alex Brulotte (Washington) won by TF over Olivia Stean (Kansas), 10-0 1:17

180 – Jaycee Foeller (Missouri) won by TF over Sierra Chavez (Florida), 11-0 1:13

200 – Mariyah Brumley (Missouri) pinned Madisen Pillers (Washington), 6-2 0:45

225 – Madeleine Wadesisi (Ohio) pinned Karla Padilla zepeda (Utah), 4-0 0:24

7th Place Matches

100 – Clare Booe (Florida) dec. Kaycie Tanimoto (Texas), 7-1

106 – Karlee Brooks (Arizona) pinned Marisol Rodriguez (California), 7-0 3:49

112 – Kendra Ryan (Michigan) pinned Hannah Hall (Florida), 4-0 1:19

117 – Juliana Diaz (Florida) dec. Allison Hynes (Oklahoma), 8-4

122 – Ally Fitzgerald (New York) dec. Anya Knappenberger (Maryland), 10-1

127 – Sarah Savidge (Colorado) won by TF over Larissa Kaz (Wisconsin), 11-0 0:46

132 – Marissa Jimenez (Idaho) pinned Abigail Varady (Washington), 8-0 5:04

138 – Paige Wehrmeister (Missouri) dec. Alondra Morales (Washington), 8-6

144 – Maddie Kubicki (Missouri) pinned Nebi Tsarni (Maryland), 4-0 0:53

152 – Alexandra Hofrichter (Wisconsin) pinned Aspen Barber (Colorado), 12-4 3:28

164 – Alexandria Hernandez (Washington) dec. Jessica Kemgne (New York), 10-7

180 – Tristian Martinez (New Mexico) pinned Dasia Yearby (South Carolina), 3-0 1:35

200 – Trinity Monaghan (Pennsylvania) pinned Journey Land (Arkansas), 8-0 1:37

225 – Stefania Jaramillo (Colorado) dec. Andrea Smith (Florida), 6-4

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