Olympians Augello, Campbell, Gray headline women’s semifinal winners at Marine Corps U.S. Open

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 27, 2018, 12:31 a.m. (ET)
Jacarra Winchester of the Titan Mercury WC gets a nice double leg in her 55 kg semifinal win over Tayler Resuriz. Photo by Robbert Wijtman.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Three past Olympic team members, Haley Augello of the New York AC at 53 kg, Kelsey Campbell of the Sunkist Kids at 59 kg and Adeline Gray of the New York AC at 76 kg, won semifinal bouts and will compete in the gold-medal finals on Friday night at the Marine Corps U.S. Open at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Augello, a 2016 Olympian, scored a 10-0 technical fall against 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Dajan Treder to advance to the finals, where she will meet 2016 World Team member Sarah Hildebrandt, who won her semifinals with an 11-0 technical fall over U23 World team member Cody Pfau of the Titan Mercury WC.

"I feel really good right now. It's been a rough couple of months just getting through injuries so it's nice to finally tune in and feel like myself. I have been really focusing on my mental side of wrestling. I know what to do when I am out there. I think my wrestling is good but it a lot to do with what’s up here. Going through an injury is hard, any wrestler can tell you that. It's like wrestling with your body," said Augello.

Campbell, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, stopped Brenda Reyna, 8-1 in her semifinals. Her opponent in the finals will be Lauren Louive of the New York AC, a 9-3 winner over Abby Nette of the Lions WC in the other half-bracket semifinal.

"I feel like I am wrestling well. I am just trying to focus on scoring points and focus on the moment while not getting ahead of myself. It’s a new format for everyone. I prepared as well as anyone. I watch film, I always zone in and I'm always open to learning. I feel like you can always learn and get better," said Campbell.

Gray, a 2016 Olympian and three-time World champion, pinned Mariah Harris of Campbellsville in 1:15 to advance to the finals. She did not compete in the 2017 season to recover from injuries. Gray’s opponent in the finals will be young Leilani Camrgo-Noane of the MWC Wrestling Academy, a 3-0 winner over Korinae Bullock of the McKendree Bearcat WC in the other semifinals.

"It's going well. It’s a little smaller of a bracket this time. I think a couple of people shifted down to the 72 kg weight class which is an Olympic weight class, which is smart of them honestly to get a little more experience. Today, I have been wrestling some tough college girls. They've been strong. They have came out swinging. Luckily, I have been able to capitalize on some of their little mistakes,” said Gray.

At 50 kg, two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony of the Sunkist Kids will battle three-time World Team member Whitney Conder of Army WCAP in the finals. Anthony stopped three-time Junior World medalist Erin Golston of Nein her semifinal, 5-2, while Conder edged Amy Fearnside, 6-5.

There will be a high school senior in the finals at 57 kg, as New York native Michaela Beck of the New York AC will face college wrestler Alex Hedrick in the finals.

The 62 kg finals is a highly anticipated battle between 2017 World Team member Mallory Velte of the Titan Mercury WC and four-time WCWA college national champion Kayla Miracle of the Sunkist Kids. Both beat quality opponents in the semifinals. Velte beat past U.S. Open champion Amanda Hendey, 6-1, while Miracle edged past World Team member Jenna Burkert of the U.S. Army WCAP, 7-1.

Two other past World Team members have reached the finals, 2015 World Team member Erin Clodgo of the Sunkist Kids at 72 kg and 2017 World Team member Tamyra Stock at 72 kg.

The gold-medal finals are set for 7:00 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, and will be aired live on Flowrestling.

At Las Vegas, Nev., April 26

Women’s Finals pairings

50 kg - Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids) vs. Whitney Conder (Army WCAP)
53 kg - Haley Augello (New York AC) vs. Sarah Hildebrandt (New York AC)
55 kg - Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Dominique Parrish (Sunkist Kids)
57 kg - Michaela Beck (New York AC) vs. Alex Hedrick (Titan Mercury WC)
59 kg - Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids) vs. Lauren Louive (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
62 kg - Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids)
65 kg - Forrest Molinari (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Julia Salata (New York AC)
68 kg - Tamyra Stock (Titan Mercury) vs. Randyll Beltz (Army WCAP)
72 kg - Erin Clodgo (Sunkist Kids) vs. Rachel Watters (New York AC)
76 kg - Adeline Gray (New York AC) vs. Leilani Camrgo-Noane (MWC Wrestling Academy)

Women’s Semifinal results

50 kg
Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids) dec. Erin Golston (New York AC), 5-2
Whitney Conder (Army WCAP) dec. Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC), 6-5

53 kg
Haley Augello (New York AC) tech. fall Dajan Treder (Unattached), 10-0 1:20
Sarah Hildebrandt (New York AC) tech. fall Cody Pfau (Titan Mercury), 11-0

55 kg
Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC) tech. fall Tayler Resuriz (McKendree Bearcat WC), 10-0, 2:40
Dominique Parrish (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Cameron Guerin (Team Takedown), 10-0, 2:40

57 kg
Michaela Beck (New York AC) dec. Lauren Mason (Unattached), 1-1
Alex Hedrick (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Brieana Delgado (Aries WC), 4-2

59 kg
Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids) dec. Brenda Reyna (Bearcat McKendree WC), 8-1
Lauren Louive (New York AC/Hawkeye WC) dec. Abby Nette (Lions WC), 9-3

62 kg
Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Amanda Hendey (Titan Mercury WC), 6-1
Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids) dec. Jenna Burkert (Army WCAP), 7-1

65 kg
Forrest Molinari (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Alexis Porter (New York AC), 8-1
Julia Salata (New York AC) dec. Jayden Laurent (Musky WC), 3-1

68 kg
Tamyra Stock (Titan Mercury) tech. fall Jasmine Bailey (McKendree Bearcat WC), 10-0, 2:54
Randi Beltz (Army WCAP) tech. fall Anna Naylor (Univ. Of Cumberlands), 10-0, 1:02

72 kg
Erin Clodgo (Sunkist Kids) pin Hannah Gladden (Lions WC), 2:27
Rachel Watters (New York AC) tech. fall Alyvia Fiske (Titan Mercury WC), 11-0, 2:48

76 kg
Adeline Gray (New York AC) pin Mariah Harris (Campbellsville), 1:15
Leilani Camrgo-Noane (MWC Wrestling Academy) dec. Korinae Bullock (McKendree Bearcat WC), 3-0