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This Sunday, 200 female athletes from across the country will converge in Greensboro, North Carolina for Super 32. This will be the third year that Super 32 has featured a women’s division. It has grown exponentially both in numbers and talent level, and this year will be no exception. Unlike the men’s tournament, the women wrestle freestyle at Super 32. There is a lot of momentum behind freestyle-focused training at the high school level for women right now, and Super 32 getting behind this movement is awesome for the sport.
The decision to wrestle freestyle also results in attracting top Canadian talent, as Canada will once again send a strong contingent to Greensboro again this year. Wyoming Seminary, who wrestles exclusively freestyle year-round, will also bring a strong team back to this event for the third year in a row.
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This year, Super 32 added an additional weight to the tournament, creating a 97 lbs. weight class, expanding the total weight classes from 10 to 11. Women’s wrestling is now sanctioned in 18 states and counting, and more than 21,000 high school women are participating in wrestling nationwide, which will contribute to the growth and success of this event for years to come.
This year’s Super 32 event will feature its best-ever list of registered athletes. The toughest women our country has to offer will be on display, and the level of competition will be at an all-time high. Check out a breakdown of each weight below!
WHO TO WATCH:
#4 Corredor (FL), #12 Szkotnicki (MD)
The two biggest names in this weight are Jessica Corredor and Alex Szknotcki. Corredor has been on the scene for quite a while, and enters her senior year looking to build off her recent 3rd place finish at Junior Nationals in Fargo back in July. Corredor failed to place at Super 32 last year at 103, however, with the new women’s weight being added, Corredor should feel much more at home at 97 lbs.
Her biggest challenge will likely be from newcomer Alex Szkotnicki. Just a freshman this year, Szkotnicki has already spent much of her time competing overseas in the past 12 months, including being a member of both the U15 and Cadet World Teams this summer. At the U15 World Championships in Budapest, Szkonitcki managed to secure a gold medal for Team USA. While Szkotnicki has potential, she will be both young and undersized at this weight, which gives a slight edge to the more seasoned Corredor. Their styles are drastically different, as Corredor looks for low singles and Szkotnicki prefers to stick with front headlocks and short offense.
The darkhorse at this weight is Cadet Fargo All-American Avery Kibelbek (TN), who has steadily improved over the past year. She squared off with Szkotnicki in Fargo, with Szkotnicki taking the win.
WHO TO WATCH:
#3 Rayana Sahagun (MI), #7 Heaven Fitch (NC), Riley Banyas (OH), Janessa George (CO), #18 Chloe Ayres (NJ)
103 lbs. is certainly one of the most stacked and competitive weights of the tournament. While there are standouts, this weight is up for grabs, as each of the top 5-6 girls are capable of coming home with a belt.
Leading the pack is Rayana Sahagun, who had a breakout performance in Fargo and finished as a Junior National Runner-up, losing to young hammer Sage Mortimer in the finals Hot on her heels will be multiple time All-American Heaven Fitch. Potentially more impressively, Fitch was also a state placer at the boys state championships in North Carolina last year, finishing 4th. Much like Sahagun, Fitch has also seen drastic improvement since last year and will be a threat to take home the title. There are rumors that Sahagun may not be able to make the trip this weekend, and if that is the case, this will become Fitch’s weight to lose.
Right behind Sahagun and Fitch will be a trio of Cadet Fargo All-Americans in the form of Riley Banyas, Janessa George, and Chloe Ayres, who finished 5th, 7th, and 8th, respectively. With good performance, any of these ladies could find themselves in the finals.
Other talented girls at this weight include #15 Sydney Petzinger (NJ), who was a Cadet Fargo All-American in 2018, Madison Wellen (PA), and Chloe Dearwester (OH). While Dearwester failed to All-American at any major high school national tournaments in the past year, Dearwester had two solid wins last year at Super 32 over Fitch and Banyas. If she’s firing on all cylinders, she could very well be a bracket-buster at this weight.
WHO TO WATCH:
#6 Caitlyn Walker (PA), #17 Abby Duke (PA), #19 Olivia Messerly (KY)
Leading the pack at 108 lbs. is Caitlyn Walker, a stalwart on the national scene. Walker is a member of the women’s team at Wyoming Seminary, who is bringing a strong contingent to Greensboro this weekend. Walker is the defending Super 32 champ after having a stellar performance last year that saw her win in the finals via technical fall over fellow stud Olivia Shore, who was a Cadet National Champion in Fargo, and a two-time Cadet World Team Member. Walker is a past Cadet National Champion and Cadet World Teamer herself, and finished 7th at UWW Juniors back in May in a loaded 50kg bracket. She also earned a 5th place finish at Junior Nationals in Fargo this summer.
Looking to challenge Walker will be another relatively new face, Olivia Messerly, who busted onto this scene this year and became a U15 World Champion in Budapest back in June. While she did not compete in Fargo, her World Title shows she can compete with anyone at this weight. Last year at Super 32, Messerly finished 3rd at 103 lbs, losing in an early round to Abby Duke. However, she eventually outplaced Duke, when Duke finished 5th. Duke, a New York native and another member of the women’s team at Sem, will be up at 108 lbs. this year and looking to earn another win over Messerly when they likely meet up in the semis. Duke is also a two-time Cadet All-American in Fargo.
Two other strong contenders at this weight who can make an impact are Cadet National All-American #15 Hanna Hall (FL), as well as Canadian National Champion Vivica Addo, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta.
WHO TO WATCH:
#1 Montana DeLawder (PA), #4 Amani Jones (GA), #7 Samara Chavez (TX), #9 Alexis Janiak (IL), #10 Katie Gomez (CA), #16 Ava Bayless (PA)
This weight is absolutely LOADED. There is more parity at this weight than any other, which should make for some fun wrestling. This weight will feature SIX past Fargo Finalists, and a handful of other studs that will make things interesting.
Likely leading the way is Cadet National Champion and returning Super 32 Champion Amani Jones. Jones has beaten a number of high-caliber girls in the past two years, including a win in Fargo in 2018 over Angelina Gomez, who went on to make the WCWA Nationals Finals just 7 months later. Jones’ ability to wrestle from space with low-level attacked, matched with her comfort in wrestling upper-body makes her a dangerous match-up for just about anyone.
Also at this weight is Montana Delawder, who has been a mainstay on the national level over the past few years. She finally broke through this year in Fargo, and became a Junior National Champion in a loaded 112 lb. bracket. On her road to gold, she took out Hanna Hall, Alexis Janiak, Jaslynn Gallegos, and Josie Bartishofski, arguably the toughest path of any champ this year. Delawder will try to improve upon her 3rd place finish from Super 32 last year, after losing a heartbreaker to Olivia Shore in the semifinals. Jones and Delawder met up at Women’s Nationals back in March, with Jones taking an 8-3 victory.
The next stud at this weight is Samara Chavez. Chavez was a National Finalist in Fargo in 2018, losing to double champ Mia Palumbo. Chavez has a long list of credentials, most notably being a 2x Folkstyle National Champion, UWW Cadet National Runner-up, and a Cadet Pan-American Championships gold medalist. Chavez earned a win over Amani Jones at Junior Folkstyle Nationals back in March, so with a good performance, she can find herself on top of the podium Sunday night.
Not to be forgotten is another Fargo National Finalist, Katie Gomez. Gomez was also a National Runner-Up at U15 Nationals in March. At both of those tournaments, Gomez lost to Cadet Fargo National Champ and Junior National Runner-Up Jennifer Soto in the finals. While young and new to the scene, Gomez has an unreal ceiling and can easily find herself in the finals this weekend.
Looking to join the party is Alexis Janiak, who was ALSO a Cadet National Finalist in Fargo. For those of you keep count at home, that’s FIVE Fargo Finalists at this weight class. Janiak is another young talent who has been trending upward over the past year, with her runner-up finish in Fargo and a 3rd place finish at UWW Cadet Nationals. Interestingly enough, Janiak failed to place at U15 Nationals, however, that performance seems to be an outlier.
Oh, you wanted more depth, you say? Well, welcome Ava Bayless to the chaos. Bayless is the SIXTH Fargo Finalist who will be at 115 lbs. this weekend. Bayless was a Cadet National Runner-Up in 2018, dropping her finals bout to Cadet World Medalist Sterling Dias. Her long list of credentials also includes a Runner-Up finish at UWW Cadet Nationals in 2018, a 3rd place finish at UWW Cadet Nationals in 2019, a 6th place finish at Cadet Nationals in Fargo this past July, and a 4th place finish at last year’s Super 32.
While the aforementioned six girls are the top tier at this weight, there is another group of girls who could rain on someone’s parade. This group is led by Emalie Olson (MO), who was a Cadet All-American in Fargo in 2018, and Carly Gross (PA), who finished 5th at Super 32 in 2017.
WHO TO WATCH:
#1 Skylar Hattendorf (NH), #3 Leilah Castro (OH), #10 Jaclyn Dehney (NH), #11 Cayden Condit (CO)
The apparent front runner at this weight is Skylar Hattendorf. Hattendorf had somewhat of a coming out party this summer, starting back in March at UWW Cadet Nationals, where she earned her spot on the Cadet World Team in a loaded weight that saw her earn wins over Leilah Castro and Cayden Condit (who are also both at this weight), as well as Nanea Estrella and Riley Dalrymple on her path to the finals. Hattendorf then went on to win a silver medal at the Cadet World Championships in August. Hattendorf has a Judo background, so her style revolves around underhooks, throws, inside trips, and front headlocks, which makes her super exciting to watch. Her ability to wrestle through positions and put big points on the board makes her idangerous for anyone. Hattendorf also just returned from Russia this past week where she competed for Team USA as the Vorobyeva Cup, making this a quick turnaround for her. Now, that being said, there are rumors that Hattendorf will be going up to 130 this weekend, and if she does, she immediately becomes a top challenger at that weight, as well.
After Hattendorf, we will see another Cadet World Team member in Leilah Castro. Castro is also a very heralded athlete, winning a Cadet National Championship in Fargo is 2017, and coming up just short of a medal at Cadet Worlds in 2018, finishing fifth. She has also won Super 32s the last two years, earning wins over Vayle Baker in the finals both times. Castro had a bit of an off summer for her, finishing 6th at both UWW Cadet Nationals and Junior Nationals in Fargo, although this likely was due to injury. At UWW Cadets, Castro feel to Hattendorf 10-5. However, in top form, Castro is definitely capable of flipping that result and earning another Super 32 belt and becoming the only athlete to have won Super 32 in the women’s division in each of its first three years of existence.
There will be a host of girls looking to upend the top two girls, all of whom have their fair share of accolades. Leading the way is talented freshman Jaclyn Dehney and perennial stud Cayden Condit. Dehney finished fifth at both U15 Nationals and Cadet Nationals as just an 8th grader. She has an unreal learning curve and continues to improve. En route to her Cadet finish, she earned a 4-0 win over Cayden Condit. Condit is another tough competitor who has earned All-American status at just about every major tournament over the past two years. She will look to improve upon her 3rd place finish from Super 32 in 2018.
Also at this weight are a trio of tough athletes in Junior All-American #12 Robin Yunis (TN), Olivia Mottley (TX), and past Cadet National Runner-up #13 Sophie Smith. Yunis flies under the radar, but is incredibly talented. Mottley was 4th at this weight at Super 32 a year ago. Smith has failed to make the podium at any major events in the past year, but has the potential the place high this weekend.
This weight will also feature Bronwyn MacGregor, the 2019 Canadian Cadet National Champion. While much about her is unknown, she could make an impact on this weight this weekend.
WHO TO WATCH:
#2 Viktorya Torres (WA), #2 Korina Blades, #3 Louisa Schwab (IL), #4 Emma Walker (TN), #8 Maggie Palmore (MD)
Much like 115, 130 is totally stacked and will be extremely competitive, featuring six different 2019 Junior National All-Americans, two 2019 Cadet National All-Americans, and a UWW Junior National All-American. As mentioned in the 123 preview, should Skylar Hattendorf move up to this weight, she will have an immediate impact on how this weight plays out.
The early favorite appears to be Viktorya Torres. The Washington native is a two-time National Runner-Up, earning finals berths in the Cadet division in 2017, and the Junior division this past summer. She is also a two-time Folkstyle National champion winning titles as a Cadet in 2017 and as a Junior in 2019. Torres jumped up in weight a little bit last season, but appears to have not skipped a beat as she continues to be one of the top girls in the country at every tournament she enters.
Trying to unseat Torres will be Louisa Schwab, a 2017 Cadet National Champion out in Fargo. While she’s yet to find her way back to the top of the podium, Schwab is always in the mix. She finished 7th at UWW Juniors in March, and most recently earned a 3rd place finish in Fargo at Junior Nationals. In Fargo, Schwab fells to Torres in the semifinals, 5-2. A rematch in the finals could very well be on the docket this weekend.
Challenging Torres and Schwab are Junior National All-Americans Maggie Palmore, Emma Walker, #5 Avia Bibeau (PA), and #10 Elleni Johnson (UT). In Fargo this year, Palmore and Walker finished 7th at 138 and 4th at 132, respectively. However, Palmore owns a 10-3 win over Walker from UWW Cadet Nationals in March, and went on to finish 8th at that event. In the same weight class as Walker in Fargo, Avia Bibeau finished 5th, and Elleni Johnson took 8th. Johnson also finished 4th in the Cadet division, making her one of the few double All-Americans in Fargo last summer.
Not to be forgotten, Anna Krause (NH), Savannah Cosme (CO), #2 Korina Blades (PA), and #18 Kendall Bostelman (OH) will all be in the fold, as well. Krause and Cosme were both Cadet All-Americans in Fargo this summer. Cosme finished 4th and 122, and Krause 6th at 132. Blades, an Illinois native now at Wyoming Seminary, was this year’s U15 National Champion, and also the 2019 Cadet National Champion in Fargo. Blades did not compete in the Junior division, so it will be interesting to see where she stacks up with the older athletes at this weight. Kendall Bostelman is a bit of an enigma. She did not place in Fargo this summer, and then at Women’s Nationals in March, Bostelman failed to make the podium in UWW Cadets. However, that same weekend in UWW Juniors, she finished 8th in a stacked 55kg bracket, taking out Junior Fargo Champion Peyton Prussin along the way. Depending on which version of Bostelman shows up this weekend, she could be a darkhorse at this weight.
WHO TO WATCH:
#1 Reese Larramendy (PA), #2 Sara Sulejmani (IL), #6 Cheyenne Bowman (CA), Marisol Nugent (MA)
139 could pan out to be one of the most interesting weights of the tournament, featuring a handful of hammers who could all come home with a belt.
Although not ranked the highest, Cheyenne Bowman is the current frontrunner. In 2017, Bowman busted on the scene by defeating Alara Boyd in the Cadet Folkstyle National Finals, and hasn’t slowed down since. She is a two-time California State champ, and is on track to becoming a rare four-time state champion. In 2018, Bowman was a Cadet World Team member and also a Cadet National Champion in Fargo. This year, Bowman failed to make the Cadet World Team and finished 3rd in UWW Cadets, however, her lone loss was to eventual Cadet World bronze medalist Kylie Welker. That same weekend, Bowman had a better performance in UWW Juniors, finishing as a Nationals runner-up to the aforementioned Alara Boyd in the best-of-three finals. En route, Bowman had arguably the toughest road of any finalist in the event. She took out a 2019 WCWA All-American in Jenna Garcia, Junior National runner-up and UWW Cadet National runner-up Aine Drury, Cadet National Champion and Junior National All-American Louisa Schwab, and Junior National All-American Lexie Basham.
Marisol Nugent will also be a factor at this weight. While Nugent missed most of last season due to injury, she is the defending Super 32 champion and should be right in the hunt for her second straight belt this weekend. Last year in the finals, Nugent defeated Cadet National finalist Lily Sherer to earn her title.
Reese Larramendy should have an impact on how this weight shakes out, as well. Last year at Super 32, Larramendy dropped bouts to Nugent, 6-2, and then to Sara Sulejmani, 10-6. Then in the finals of Cadet Nationals in July, Larremendy flipped the script and avenged her loss to Sulejmani, earning a 10-5 decision to win her first Cadet National Championship.
The aforementioned Sara Sulejmani will make an appearance at this weight, too. As stated before, Sulejmani was 3rd here at Super 32 in 2018, is a two-time Cadet National Runner-Up (2018 and 2019), a 2019 Junior National All-American (finishing 3rd), and also finished 4th at UWW Cadet Nationals in March. She will likely see Bowman in the semis, which will be a big test for her.
The second tier of athletes at this weight is incredibly talented and can push any of the top four at this weight. Junior National All-Americans #7 Chloe Ogden (FL) and #9 Lily Sherer will be right in the mix, as well as past Cadet National All-Americans #18 Jazzmine Seely (MO) and Veronica Whitacre (PA). Ogden finished 6th in Fargo, and beat Sherer handily along the way with a 17-6 technical fall. Sherer is no slouch, though, as she is a past Cadet National Runner-Up and a 2018 Super 21 Runner-Up. Jazzmine Seely also finished 5th at UWW Cadet Nationals in March.
#11 Taryn Martin (OH) may also have something to say at this weight. While most of her success was in the lighter weights in years past (she was a past UWW Cadet National Runner-Up), she is still a talented wrestler who can make a push for a podium spot this weekend.
Many of the girls at this weight have seen each other before, so there is a good bit of familiarity. It will be interesting to see if that plays a factor this weekend.
WHO TO WATCH:
#2 Tiffani Baublitz (PA), #5 Tiyahna Askew (GA)#7 Ella Nichols (CT), #10 Dakota Dinielli (PA)
As with years past, 144 will remain one of the most competitive weights of the tournament this year in Greensboro. This weight has featured current college studs in previous years, including Jayden Laurent, Ashlynn Ortega, Ana Luciano, and Jerzie Estrada, and this group will attempt to fill those shoes.
The clear favorite will be 2019 Junior National Champion Tiffani Baublitz. Baublitz saw steady improvement over the past 12 months, and looks primed for a solid start to her Junior season. In March, Baublitz also finished as a UWW Cadet National Runner-Up, only losing to eventual Cadet World bronze medalist Amit Elor in the best two-of-three finals. She also finished 4th in UWW Juniors that same weekend. Baublitz is another member of the strong team being sent by Wyoming Seminary, and will be trying to win her first Super 32 title after 5th in 2018.
Ella Nichols is another threat at this weight. Like Baublitz, she was a UWW Cadet National Runner-Up in March, dropping her best-of-three finals matches to another young California stud in Lily Freitas. Nichols also finished 3rd at both Cadet Nationals in Fargo, and at U15 Nationals in March. While Baublitz is probably a level above Nichols, it will be a good test for her early in her high school career.
Dakota Dinielli, a Connecticut native and now teammate of Baublitz at Sem, enters this tournament coming off a solid spring and summer, as well. She left Fargo with a Cadet National Runner-Up finish, and finished 4th at U15 Nationals in March. In the 3rd place match at U15s, Dinielli dropped a close 3-1 match to Nichols. We could see that rematch on Sunday, potentially with the result reversed this time around.
The most experienced of the group, Tiyahna Askew enters this weight as the most seasoned vet at this weight. Askew has seemingly been around forever, and is a stalwart at almost every major national tournament. Her wrestling has evolved consistently over the years, and she will undoubtedly attempt to kick off her senior season on a high note. Askew has earned All-American honors at just about every major national event over the past few years, most recently at Junior Nationals where she took 7th place. She is a past Cadet Folkstyle National Champion, UWW Cadet National Runner-Up, and last year’s Super 32 runner-up.
Returning to Super 32 is another member of a solid Canadian contingent, Nyla Burgess. She is a Canadian National Champion and two-time Cadet Pan American Championships medalist, so it’s clear she can compete with the best at this weight. Burgess finished 3rd here last year, dropping her semis bout to Askew, 7-3.
Rounding out this weight will be All-Americans #16 Seda Tsarni (MD), #19 Ayala Wolak (OH), #18 Kiersten O’Neill (IN), and Jessi Johnson (NJ). Tsarni was 4th here last year, splitting matches with Baublitz and losing to Burgess for 3rd. She also finished 7th at UWW Cadet Nationals in March. While she did not make the podium this year in Fargo, she did earn All-American honors in 2018, finishing 6th. Ayala Wolak is relatively new to the scene, but finished with an All-American finish at Cadet Nationals in Fargo this summer, ending up in 5th. She did not place at Super 32 last year, but a spot on the podium is definitely within reach for her this weekend. Jessi Johnson also flies a bit under the radar and has not placed at any major events in the past year, but she did post a 4th place finish at Cadet Nationals in 2018.
This appears to be Baublitz’s weight to lose, but she has a host of worthy challengers looking to knock her off and bring a belt back home from Greensboro this weekend.
WHO TO WATCH:
#1 Kennedy Blades (PA)
Kennedy Blades. ‘Nuff said. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Kennedy Blades is very, very good, and how much potential she has. While her Cadet Worlds performance was not what some expected (likely due to an injury in the tournament), her talent is undeniable. She was a 2018 Cadet National Champion, and a 2019 double champion this year in Fargo, winning both Cadets and Juniors. She was also this year’s Cadet World Team Member after crushing her way through UWW Cadets, with two dominant finals wins over Tristan Kelly, a fellow past Fargo Double Champ and Cadet World Team Member. Blades defeated Kelly again in the Junior Finals in Fargo. To my knowledge, Blades’ only career domestic losses are to Macey Kilty in last year’s UWW Cadet Finals. his is without a doubt Blades weight to lose this weekend.
Trying to shock the world will be Jewel Gonzalez and Autumn Terhune. Gonzalez was a Junior All-American in Fargo this summer with a very respectable showing, finishing 3rd. Autumn Terhune is tough senior out of Indiana who will look to push Gonzalez and find her way into the finals. The two met up in Fargo, with Gonzalez coming out victorious with a solid 7-0 decision.
Unless something crazy happens, Kennedy Blades will likely be coming home with a second straight Super 32 belt to add to her collection.
WHO TO WATCH:
#6 Dasia Yearby (SC), Amelia Frisbee (Ontario, Canada)
Much like 160 lbs., 172 lbs. has one clear favorite. Dasia Yearby, the 2019 Cadet National Runner-Up from Fargo, appears to lead the pack. She’ll be challenged by Canadian Amelia Frisbee, who finished 3rd here at Super 32 in 2018. After those two, this weight is pretty wide open. Another Canadian, Kaitlyn Aliperti, will look to contend.
WHO TO WATCH:
#1 Isabeau Shalack (IL), #14 Riley Dempewolf (IN), Andrea Smith (FL)]
There are three past All-Americans at this weight, led by Isabeau Shalack, this year’s Junior National Runner-Up in Fargo. Shalack has been around for a few years now, and is consistently one of the top upperweights in the country. Her list of credentials include multiple All-American finishes at various national tournaments, and a 3rd place finish at Super 32 last year. She will try to break through in her senior season and earn a coveted belt to take home to Illinois.
Shalack will be pushed by Riley Dempewolf and Andrea Smith. Dempewolf and Smith finished 6th and 8th, respectively, at Cadet Nationals this summer in Fargo.
Each of these weights is sure to feature a ton of exciting, high-level matches. Still in its infancy, this tournament continues to grow on the women’s side and the level of competition this year will be better than ever.