2022 USMC/USAW Junior and 16U National Championships

Three Wrestlers Double Up, Bommarito Goes Back-to-Back in Fargo

Three Wrestlers Double Up, Bommarito Goes Back-to-Back in Fargo

Michigan’s Mishell Rebisch and Sabrina Nauss and Ohio’s Savannah Isaac each doubled up and Michigan’s Eliana Bommarito won her second title in Fargo.

Jul 23, 2022 by Derek Levendusky
Three Wrestlers Double Up, Bommarito Goes Back-to-Back in Fargo

The Fargo women’s divisions are in the books. When the Junior division concluded Wednesday, California was back on top, three wrestlers doubled up, winning both the 16U and Junior national titles, and one went back-to-back. 

Michigan’s Mishell Rebisch (152) and Sabrina Nauss (180) and Ohio’s Savannah Isaac (200) each doubled up and Michigan’s Eliana Bommarito (225) defended her title as the returning champ. 

Rebisch won by fall over Virginia’s Stella Steigler in the 152-pound final. In fact, it was all technical falls and pins for Rebisch in the Junior division. At 180, Nauss came from behind to defeat Alivia White by fall in the second period as White led 8-5 at the break. Nauss took third in Juniors last year after winning the 16U title like she did this year. This time she got it done, winning both divisions. At 200, Isaac edged #1 seed Sam Calkins of California 3-2. The Ohio sophomore was losing 2-2 by criteria at the break and scored a go-ahead point in the second.

Just a few days earlier, Rebisch, Nauss, and Isaac were all getting their hands raised in the 16U finals and posing with stop signs. Now they’re all heading home with two.

“It felt great after winning Cadets,” said Rebisch, “but I knew that I’ve got to look forward to Juniors and that I could win it and that’s what happened.”

Top-ranked Bommarito looked the part, dominating her way through Fargo with a 5-0 record and five first-period falls, including a fall in the finals. Opponent Dasia Yearby of South Carolina did earn a rare 4-pointer against the champ, but couldn’t put any other offense together. In fact, no one else has either for the last few years as Bommarito now boasts two Junior Fargo titles.

Worthy of note: Rebisch, Nauss, and Bommarito are not only all from the same state, but the same club, as they all train at the Michigan Revolution Training Center.

In the team race, after placing third in the 16U division, California is back on top with a dominant performance in the Junior division, scoring 165 points and well on top of second place Michigan. Illinois was third with 106.

The rest of the individual champions earned their first Junior national titles. 

At 100, Nevada’s Sterling Dias, who won a 16U title in 2019 but did not compete at Fargo last year, earned a 9-4 win over one of the tournament’s Cinderella stories, Ohio’s Makenna Craft. Dias had a battle in the semis to make the final, sneaking by Michigan’s Gigi Bragg 5-4.

Florida’s Clare Booe came into Fargo ranked #7 at 106 and is bringing a stop sign back to the Sunshine State. Both the #1 and #2 seeds went down at this weight as Booe beat #1 seed Ava Ward (Missouri) by fall and Blasko defeated #2 seed Jenavi Alejandro (Nevada) by fall after falling behind 8-0 in the match. In the finals, Booe controlled Blasko, earning a 10-0 win by technical superiority at the 3:25 mark. She took seventh in the Junior division last year.

112-pound Alexandra Szkotnicki, third last year, was thrown the traditional Maryland rubber chicken when the clock expired in her finals match and she got her hand raised, a 6-2 victory over Pennsylvania’s Aubre Krazer. At 117, Florida’s Juliana Diaz, who’d beaten #2 seed Fernanda Lopez (Texas) in quarters 11-0, defeated her finals opponent from Texas, Alexis Montes, 6-2.  

At 122, Illinois’ Cadence Diduch, in her second finals in three days, won it this time. After winning the 16U title last year, she didn’t compete in the Junior division. This year, she lost in the 16U finals to Skylar Little Soldier in the 127-pound finals, and dropped to 122 for Juniors. It turned out to be a brilliant move. Diduch faced off with New York’s #8 Emily Sindoni, another tournament Cinderella who dominated the bottom side of the bracket. In the end it was Diduch with the 12-2 tech fall. She almost didn’t make the final, having to come back from a 6-0 deficit in the semis to California’s Alejandra Valdiviezo to get the fall.

At 127, Colorado’s Sarah Savidge was, well, savage. This bracket got blown up in the semis, when both the #1 and #2 seeds went down. Pennsylvania’s Jordyn Fouse upset the #1 seeded Jaclyn Dehney (Massachusetts) 10-0 and Savidge took out #2 seed and returning national champion Alexis Janiak (Illinois) 8-4. In the finals, it was all Savidge, getting the 10-0 tech fall at the 3:22 mark over Fouse. She came into the tournament ranked #3 in FloWrestling’s national rankings and took seventh last year.

At 132, California’s Janida Garcia, third last year, stopped red-hot Skylar Little Soldier from doubling up, getting a hard-earned 6-4 win. At 138, #1 seed Skylar Hattendorf, on her first trip to Fargo, outscored opponents 45-2 with three falls and three tech falls en route to the title, handing Missouri’s Amitria McNack a 10-0 loss in the first period of the finals.

144 gave us the match of the finals as Sydney Perry of Illinois won a barnburner over Michigan’s Clarissa Agostini 13-12. The wild match featured Perry jumping out to a 12-4 lead before Agostini scored eight points in the final minute to create uncertainty until the final whistle. Agostini, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, upset the #2 seed, returning national champ Savannah Gomez of California, in quarters.

At 164, Utah’s Brooklyn Hays came into Fargo ranked #15. She got through the top side of the bracket where #1 seed Piper Fowler went down in quarters and faced 16U champ Ella Pagel in the finals. Her first time at Fargo, the senior is heading home with her first title, earning a 10-0 tech fall over Pagel at the 5:02 mark.


Junior Finals results

100: Sterling Dias (Nevada) over Makenna Craft (Ohio) 9-4

106: Clare Booe (Florida) over Aspen Blasko (Minnesota) 10-0 (3:25)

112: Alexandra Szkotnicki (Maryland) over Aubre Krazer (Pennsylvania) 6-2

117: Juliana Diaz (Florida) over Alexis Montes (texas) 6-2

122: Cadence Diduch (Illinois) over Emily Sindoni (NY) 12-2 (2:57).

127: Sarah Savidge (Colorado) over Jordyn Fouse (Pennsylvania) 10-0 (3:22)

132: Janida Garcia (California) over Skylar Little Soldier (MN) 6-4.

138: Skylar Hattendorf (MA) over Amitria McNack (Missouri) 10-0 (1:33)

144: Sydney Perry (Illinois) over Clarissa Agostini (Michigan) 13-12

152: Mishell Rebisch (Michigan) over Stella Steigler (Virginia) by fall (1:57)

164: Brooklyn Hays (Utah) over Ella Pagel (Minnesota) 10-0 (5:02)

180: Sabrina Nauss (Michigan) over Alivia White (Washington) by fall (3:25)

200: Savannah Isaac (Ohio) over Sam Calkins (California) 3-2

225: Eliana Bommarito (Michigan) over Dasia Yearby (South Carolina) by fall (1:21)