Last year, the Empire State squad left Fargo with three national titles in the women’s competition. Once again, multiple first place plaques will be making their way back East as Team New York’s Rachel Hale (121) and Alexis Porter (148) captured gold.
For Porter, it was a familiar story at Fargo as she captured championships in both Cadet and Junior competition last July. In 2013, the Shenendehowa wrestler only took the mat in the Junior bracket but was once again dominant, going 5-0 while outscoring the opposition by a combined 44-2 (plus a pin).
Hale was also 5-0 without a close match. She notched a 14-2 technical fall over Cassidy Jasperson of Texas in the title bout and her smallest margin of victory was 10 points.
Both Rosemary Flores and Destane Garrick garnered third place, at 125 and 172 pounds, respectively. Flores, a former double titlewinner at Fargo, picked up four victories – all by fall. In fact, she pinned Taylor Alva of Texas in just over a minute to take bronze. Garrick also got her hand raised four times, including a 13-2 result against Michigan’s Kaitlyn Hill for third.
Alexis Bleau collected her second medal of the week on Tuesday night. After taking silver in the Cadet division a few nights ago, she nabbed a fourth place finish in the Junior bracket at 139.
Also representing the Empire State on the medal stand were Yuneris Taveras (sixth at 198), Kim Cardenas (seventh at 97), Keneddi Eddins (seventh at 159) and Mariana Olalde (eighth at 172).
For full results, see http://www.trackwrestling.com.