Four women repeat as Fargo 16U champs, Blades named OW

Kennedy Blades gets in on a double leg in the finals at 164 pounds (Photo/John Sachs,

FARGO, N.D. -- Four wrestlers repeated as Fargo champions in the women's 16U division on Sunday afternoon.

Sterling Dias of Utah (94), Sage Mortimer of Utah (100), Kennedy Blades of Illinois (164) and Olivia Brown of Oklahoma (200) captured their second straight Fargo 16U titles.

They were among the 14 champions crowned in the 16U women's wrestling competition, which included a tournament-record 360 competitors, on Day 2 in Fargo.

Dias, a 2018 Cadet world bronze medalist, blanked Isabella Morales (Washington) 8-0 in the finals at 94 pounds. She led 6-0 at the break after a takedown and two exposures from a high gut. She added another takedown in the final period.

Mortimer, a 2019 UWW Cadet Nationals champion, rolled to a 13-3 technical superiority in the finals at 106 pounds against Shea Reisel (Illinois). After going up 7-3 at the break, Mortimer put the match away in the second period, scoring with a four-point throw and then takedown with just over a minute remaining in the match.

Blades, a Cadet World Team member, capped off a dominant tournament with a 29-second fall over Dasia Yearby (South Carolina) in the finals at 164 pounds. She scored two takedowns in the first 15 seconds before locking up a cradle and securing the fall. Blades was unscored upon throughout the competition, picking up three shutout technical superiorities before her fall in the finals. She was named Outstanding Wrestler of the event. Her younger sister Korina Blades claimed the title at 127 pounds, edging Haley Ward (Missouri) 2-2 on criteria in the finals.

Brown won by fall over Raina Herzog (Oregon) to earn the title at 200 pounds. She took an 8-0 lead into the break after picking up two four-point, feet-to-back takedowns. With just over a minute remaining, Brown shot a double leg and drove Herzog to her back for the fall.

California's champs Jennifer Soto and Hannah Ricioli, along with the coaches, hold the trophy (Photo/John Sachs,

California ran away with the team title in the 16U women's wrestling competition, finishing with 91 points. Winning titles for California were Jennifer Soto (117) and Hannah Ricioli (152).

Illinois placed second in the team standings, 44 points behind California. Missouri, Washington and Oregon rounded out the top five.


1st: Sterling Dias (Nevada) dec. Isabella Morales (Washington), 8-0
3rd: Heaven Fitch (North Carolina) dec. Eva Diaz (Florida), 12-4
5th: Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) pinned Avery Kibelbek (Tennessee), 1:38
7th: Makayla Young (Ohio) dec. Madison Avila (California), 12-5

1st: Sage Mortimer (Utah) tech. Shea Reisel (Illinois), 13-3, 2:56
3rd: Karina Vang (California) dec. Ella Schmit (Iowa), 8-5
5th: Riley Banyas (Ohio) dec. Logan Farnsworth (Rhode Island), 6-5
7th: Janessa George (Colorado) pinned Marisol Rodriguez (California), 2:25

1st: Faith Cole (Missouri) dec. Alexis Janiak (Illinois), 8-2
3rd: Julianne Moccia (Maryland) pinned Greta Gustafson (California), 2:33
5th: Genesis Cejudo (Arizona) pinned Ava Bayless (Pennsylvania), 4:00
7th: Abbygale Duke (Pennsylvania) dec. Chloe Ayres (New Jersey), 7-0

1st: Amani Jones (Georgia) pinned Arieana Arias (California), 1:10
3rd: Salyna Shotwell (Washington) pinned Lexy Beadles (California), 3:10
5th: Lily Grismer (Montana) pinned Torieonna Buchanan (Indiana), 2:58
7th: Elizabeth Duvall (Texas) dec. Hannah Hall (Florida), 11-5

1st: Jennifer Soto (California) dec. Katie Gomez (California), 2-0
3rd: Adriana Dorado-Marin (Colorado) pinned Claire Dicugno (Washington), 3:09
5th: Ally Fitzgerald (New York) pinned Kaila Del toro (Illinois), 0:44
7th: Anya Knappenberger (Maryland) tech. Jenna Beddow (Washington), 10-0, 3:07

1st: Sofia Macaluso (New York) tech. Kelly Escamilla (California), 10-0, 1:04
3rd: Emily Paulino (Hawaii) dec. Savannah Cosme (Colorado), 6-5
5th: Jaclyn Dehney (New Hampshire) pinned Cayden Condit (Colorado), 1:15
7th: Charlotte Kouyoumtjian (California) dec. Nadine Quijada (California), 6-0

1st: Korina Blades (Illinois) dec. Haley Ward (Missouri), 2-2
3rd: London Houston (Washington) dec. Sofia Brynman-Metcalf (Wisconsin), 6-2
5th: Isabella Amaro (Oregon) dec. Devin Patton (Texas), 5-2
7th: Sarah Savidge (Colorado) tech. Piper Staniford (Oregon), 10-0, 0:49

1st: Nonnie Justice (Missouri) dec. Maddie Kubicki (Missouri), 4-4
3rd: Lily Sherer (Pennsylvania) dec. Elleni Johnson (Utah), 12-9
5th: Athena Willden (California) pinned Anna Krause (New Hampshire), 0:54
7th: Piper Cadden (Arizona) dec. Alicia Pieper (Michigan), 5-2

1st: Reese Larramendy (Nevada) dec. Sara Sulejmani (Illinois), 10-5
3rd: Esther Han (Missouri) dec. Abby Mcintyre (Iowa), 12-8
5th: Annie n. Hua (California) pinned Marissa Jimenez (Idaho), 1:02
7th: Veronica Whitacre (New Jersey) dec. Mariah Wahl (Montana), 2-0

1st: Destiny Rodriguez (Oregon) pinned Kayley Rada (Michigan), 0:50
3rd: Ella Nichols (Connecticut) dec. Sydney Manos (Illinois), 8-0
5th: Ayala Wolak (Ohio) pinned Alexandria Hernandez (Washington), 0:43
7th: Rose Cassioppi (Illinois) pinned Samantha Archer (Missouri), 1:18

1st: Hannah Ricioli (California) dec. Dakota-Marie Dinielli (Connecticut), 8-7
3rd: Mariyah Casados (California) dec. Annabel Garcia (California), 10-2
5th: Jillian Wold (Texas) inj. dft. Abigail Bolling (Missouri)
7th: Shannon Workinger (Washington) tech. Amanda Pace New Jersey (New Jersey), 12-1 1:32

1st: Kennedy Blades (Illinois) pinned Dasia Yearby (South Carolina), 0:29
3rd: Alivia White (Washington) pinned Alyssa Arana (California), 3:50
5th: Alycia Pidgeon (Washington) pinned Kiersten O'neill (Indiana), 3:09
7th: Leilani Hernandez (Texas) dec.Mckenzie Samuels (New York), 6-0

1st: Brianna Staebler (Wisconsin) dec. Brittyn Corbishley (Texas), 3-2
3rd: Sam Calkins (California) pinned Fiona Mcconnell (Oregon), 1:21
5th: Kailyn Garrett (Michigan) pinned Riley Dempewolf (Indiana), 2:50
7th: Cheyenne Meade (Ohio) pinned Brooke Leedahl (North Dakota), 1:12

1st: Olivia Brown (Oklahoma) pinned Raina Herzog (Oregon), 3:45
3rd: Millie Peach (Iowa) pinned Sujeydy Matos (New York), 1:27
5th: Debranna Bealer (Alaska) dec. Cassidy Curtiss (California), 2-2
7th: Brooke Bennett (Missouri) pinned Andrea Smith (Florida), 0:51

Outstanding Wrestler: Kennedy Blades (Illinois), 164
Most Falls: Greta Gustafson (California), 5 falls in 5:27 at 106

Team Standings (Top Five)

1. California 91
2. Illinois 47
3. Missouri 42
4. Washington 40
5. Oregon 25


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