Alexis Porter of Ballston Lake made sure New York didn’t have to wait long to capture a National Title at Fargo, winning the 143-pound championship in the first day of competition in the Women’s Cadet division.
The Shenendehowa grappler made quick work of her finals opponent, Anna Naylor of California, earning a first period fall after building up a large lead. Porter opened the scoring with an early takedown and followed with a three-point throw for a 4-0 advantage. Shortly afterwards, Porter picked up the pin after another big throw.
It was an impressive ending to a dominant day for Porter, who was a double medalist in Fargo in 2011. The Section 2 wrestler was in control all day, defeating her first foe, Washington’s Vanessa Dixon by technical fall before pinning Alyssa Hernandez of California. She then topped Marlie Gillis of Wisconsin in straight periods to garner her spot in the finals.
Porter wasn’t the only Empire State placewinner at 143 pounds. Kennedie Eddings, a returning medalist, once again made the podium, taking sixth at that weight.
Also making the medal stand for New York was Yuneris Diaz, who was third in round robin action at 172 pounds.
Women’s Cadet Freestyle – New York All-Americans
Alexis Porter (Shenendehowa), 143 Pounds, Champion
Finals: Pin Anna Naylor (California), 1:32
Porter TF Vanessa Dixon (Washington), 6-0, 6-0
Porter Pin Alyssa Hernandez (California), 3-0, 0:51
Porter D Marlie Gillis (Wisconsin), 7-0, 3-2
Kennedie Eddings (Niagara Falls), 143 Pounds, 6th Place
Fifth Place Match: LBF Alyssa Hernandez (California), 1-4, 1:55
Pin Leslie Hernandez (Georgia), 2-0, 1:00
L Anna Naylor (California), 0-3, 3-0, 0-1
LBF Hannah Gladded (Alabama)
Yuneris Diaz (Bathgate), 172 Pounds, 3rd Place
LBF Kaitlyn Hill (Michigan)
D 1-0, 7-1 Alana Quackenbush (Wisconsin)
LBF Azusenna Molina (California)