16U Women's Freestyle OW Jasmine Robinson (Photo courtesy of Josh Conklin)
The first of the six tournaments at the 16U and Junior National Championships wrapped up this afternoon as the 16U Women's National Championships concluded. The 2021 tournament ended the same way as the last eight championships did, with the California girls holding the trophy on the raised mat. Four California girls earned a place in the championship finals, with only 106 lber Paige Morales coming away victorious. She earned her stop sign by shutting out fellow California native Kiely Tabaldo, 4-0. A total of 13 wrestlers from California earned All-American honors. The state outdistanced second place Illinois by 48 points.
Illinois had four wrestlers in the finals and saw Cadence Diduch win a title. Like California, Diduch faced a teammate in the championship bout and won by an identical 4-0 score.
Despite the large margin of victory from California, parity was the theme of the finals, as 12 different states were represented by the 14 champions.
152 lber Jasmine Robinson earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after a dominating performance in the finals. Robinson did not surrender a point in any of her four matches. Only her finals opponent, Genesis Gilmore (TN), even lasted more than a minute. Even so, that bout ended via fall in 1:45. It was her second fall of the tournament.
Despite her loss in the finals, Gilmore became the first Tennessee 16U women's freestyle All-American. More history was made in the previous bout as Nebi Tsarni beat the buzzer and got a winning takedown at 144 lbs to defeat Amarisa Manuel of Michigan. The win made Tsarni the first 16U women's freestyle national champion from Maryland.
Minnesota also made some history as they crowned a pair of 16U national champions for the first time in the same year. Skylar Little Soldier and Ella Pagel both rolled to dominating wins.
Aside from Minnesota, Michigan was the only school with multiple champions. Cecilia Williams (112) and Sabrina Nauss (180) both won their respective weight classes.
The finals were kicked off by Valarie Solorio who broke a long champion-less drought. She became the first national champion from the state since Nadine Fiege in 2013. Makenzie Smith also stopped a long, dry-spell by becoming Indiana's first winner since 2020 Olympian Kayla Miracle in 2011.
Two of the fourteen finals ended with falls by Smith and Pagel.
Below are the final results from the 16U Women's Freestyle Finals.
94 lbs Championship - Valarie Solorio (FL) over Gabriella Gomez (IL) 6-3
100 lbs Championship - Makenzie Smith (IN) over Mikayla Garcia (CA) Fall 1:39
106 lbs Championship - Paige Morales (CA) over Kiely Tabaldo (CA) 4-0
112 lbs Championship - Cecilia Williams (MI) over Zao Estrada (SC) 4-2
117 lbs Championship - Cadence Diduch (IL) over Valerie Hamilton (IL) 4-0
122 lbs Championship - Shelby Moore (WA) over Julianna Morris (CT) 10-0
127 lbs Championship - Skylar Little Soldier (MN) over Taydem Khamjoi (CA) 13-4
132 lbs Championship - Cassia Zammit (OH) over Sydney Perry (IL) 8-2
138 lbs Championship - Alessandra Elliott (NY) over Lydia Roope (MI) 6-2
144 lbs Championship - Nebi Tsarni (MD) over Amarisa Manuel (MI) 3-2
152 lbs Championship - Jasmine Robinson (TX) over Genesis Gilmore (TN) 10-0
164 lbs Championship - Ella Pagel (MN) over Ali Haiser (MO) Fall 2:28
180 lbs Championship - Sabrina Nauss (MI) over Kiara Ganey (IL) 13-2
200 lbs Championship - Catherine Dutton (MO) over Mariyah Brumley (MO) 12-0