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Dias wins Outstanding Wrestler, Kelly wins showdown with Osteen in Cadet Women’s National finals

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | July 15, 2018, 6:24 p.m. (ET)

Sterling Dias of Nevada on the way to a technical fall victory in the finals. Photo by Jim Thrall,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With a dominant performance, 2018 UWW Cadet World bronze medalist Sterling Dias of Nevada won the 94-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Women’s Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

Diaz became Nevada’s first women’s Cadet National champion, scoring a 10-0 technical fall over Ava Bayless of Pennsylvania in the gold-medal finals. Diaz scored a pin and two technical falls in her bouts, and did not allow a point.

“I was pretty frustrated with [getting bronze at Worlds], but I’ll come back next year and get that gold medal,” said Dias. “Basically, I mentally prepared myself for this the entire summer. I knew I was going to wrestle at Fargo, so I had to keep wrestling, change my sleeping schedule and continue to prepare. It was difficult but it hasn’t really affected my performance but it definitely was difficult. It’s unbelievable. I can’t even imagine myself as a national champion, so it feels great.”

She was one of three 2018 Cadet World Team members who returned from the Cadet World Championships last week in Zagreb, Croatia and came home to Fargo and won Cadet National titles, joined by Cheyenne Bowman of California (132) and Tristan Kelly of Colorado (184).

Kelly came from behind to defeat 2018 Cadet Folkstyle National champion Katja Osteen of California, 5-4 in the finals. Osteen jumped to a 4-0 lead with a takedown and turn, but Kelly scored a takedown to trail 4-2. With less than a minute to go, officials penalized Kelly with a caution and a point for a 5-2 lead, but Kelly’s corner challenge. The challenge was accepted and no points awarded to Osteen. Kelly quickly scored a takedown, added a last-second stepout and edged Osteen by one point.
Kelly had defeated Osteen in the finals of the 2018 UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals, winning the best-of-three series, two matches to one. Coming into Fargo, Kelly had a No. 2 national ranking and Osteen was No. 3.

Bowman, ranked No. 3 in the nation, was dominant in her finals match, scoring a 10-0 technical fall over Lily Sherer of Pennsylvania in just 54 seconds.

Bowman was California’s only champion, but the team’s depth with 19 All-Americans gave it the Cadet National women’s team title with 79 points. Second-place New York had 62 points and third-place Illinois had 48 points, with both teams securing two national champions.

New York’s individual champions were Ally Fitzgerald at 112 pounds and 2018 Cadet Folkstyle national champion Mia Macaluso at 127 pounds. Fitzgerald won a close-fought 6-2 battle against Charlotte Kouyoumtjian of California. Macaluso defeated New York teammate Naomi Henry in a high-scoring shootout, winning 11-8.

The Cadet Nationals was a coming-out event for highly-touted Kennedy Blades of Illinois, an eighth grader this past season who will attend Wyoming Seminary as a freshman in the fall. Blades has had a dominant age-group career. As an eighth grader, she was not eligible for high school rankings. In the finals, she needed just 1:48 to defeat Cadet and Junior Folkstyle Nationals champion Kiley Hubby of Washington in a 10-0 technical fall.

The other Illinois champion was Mia Palumbo, ranked No. 9 in the nation, who dominanted No. 2 ranked Samara Chavez of Texas in the 106-pound finals with a 12-1 first-period technical fall.

Colorado also had two individual champions, as Kelly was joined on the champions row by Adriana Dorado-Marin, who blitzed 2018 Cadet National folkstyle champion Camille Fournier of Texas in a 10-0, first-period technical fall at 117 pounds.

Sage Mortimer of Utah became her state’s first Cadet women’s freestyle national champion, defeating
Alejandra Corral of Hawaii in a first period, 14-4 technical fall at 100 pounds.

2018 Cadet National folkstyle champion Olivia Brown of Oklahoma won her second national title of the year, by pinning Isabeau Shalack of Illinois in 4:52 at 200 pounds

Other Cadet women’s national champions were Alexys Zepeda of Oregon) at 122 pounds, Jahnea Miguel of Hawaii at 138 pounds,, Nevaeh Cassidy of Washington at 144 pounds and Jaycee Foeller of Missouri at 180 pounds.

Zepeda and Miguel had impressive finals victories. Zepeda needed only 46 seconds to get her 10-0 technical fall over Nanea Estrella of Hawaii. Miguel was trailing Sara Sulejmani of Illinois, 5-0, but scored a reversal and turned Sulejmani to her back to secure a pin in 1:58.

Cassidy won a back-and-forth battle against Sydeny Manos of Illinois, 14-17. Foeller was dominant in all positions for a solid 7-0 victory over 2018 Cadet Nationals folkstyle champion Adelina Parra of California, 7-0.

Many of these Cadets who were in high school this past season will also enter the Women’s Junior Nationals, which begins on Tuesday.

At Fargo, N.D., July 15

94 pounds
1st - Sterling Dias (Nevada) tech. fall Ava Bayless (Pennsylvania), 10-0, 5:40
3rd -Melissa F. Lee (California) pin Abbygale Duke (New York), 6:00
5th - Zoe Omura (Hawaii) inj. dft. Taylor Wilson (Washington)
7th - Faith Vega (California) dec. Sydney Petzinger (New Jersey), 20-19

100 pounds
1st - Sage Mortimer (Utah) tech. fall Alejandra Corral (Hawaii), 14-4, 2:16
3rd - Grace Gundrum (Pennsylvania) pin Julianne Moccia (Maryland), 2:15
5th - Dianna Holmes (Georgia) dec. Hailey Ward (California), 7-4
7th - Rayana Sahagun (Michigan) dec. Heaven Fitch (North Carolina), 8-0

106 pounds
1st - Mia Palumbo (Illinois) tech. fall Samara Chavez (Texas), 12-1, 4:48
3rd - Amani Jones (Georgia) tech. fall Tehani Soares (Nevada), 10-0, 3:50
5th - Jenavi Alejandro (Nevada) dec. Amiyah Hart (Illinois), 6-3
7th - Marissa Riojas (Washington) tech. fall Paige Denke (Nebraska), 10-0, 2:18

112 pounds
1st - Ally Fitzgerald (New York) dec. Charlotte Kouyoumtjian (California), 6-2
3rd - Kenzie Cormier (Washington) tech. fall Brelane Huber (Idaho), 11-1, 4:13
5th - Montana Delawder (Pennsylvania) dec. Cayden Condit (Colorado), 10-9
7th - Molly Williams (Washington) pin Greta Gustafson (California), 5:18

117 pounds
1st - Adriana Dorado-Marin (Colorado) dec. Camille Fournier (Texas), 10-0, 2:53
3rd - Riley Dalrymple (New York) tech. fall Olivia Mottley (Texas), 10-0, 2:33
5th - Alisha Narvaez (California) tech. fall Samantha Barragan (California), 14-3, 3:49
7th - Desinee Lopez (California) tech. fall Anunthaya Macdonnell (Michigan), 10-0 2:12

122 pounds
1st - Alexys Zepeda (Oregon) tech. fall Nanea Estrella (Hawaii), 10-0, 0:46
3rd - Maggie Palmore (Maryland) dec. Melanie Mendoza (California), 14-9
5th - Amor Tuttle (Minnesota) pin Lana Perez (Hawaii), 4:17
7th - Sofia Macaluso (New York) dec. Aki Choates (Georgia), 11-4

127 pounds
1st - Mia Macaluso (New York) dec. Naomi Henry (New York), 11-8
3rd - Nonnie Justice (Missouri) dec. Jessi Johnson (New Jersey), 4-2
5th - Claire Dicugno (Washington) tech. fall Natalie Dunn (New York), 10-2, 2:21
7th - Carolina Moreno (Arizona) dec. Madison Sandquist (Texas), 12-8

132 pounds
1st - Cheyenne Bowman (California) tech. fall Lily Sherer (Pennsylvania), 10-0, 0:54
3rd - Grace Pauls (New York) pin Hannah Strauss (Illinois), 2:23
5th - Nanen Aguilar (Colorado) tech. fall Nallely Rivadeneira (California), 13-2, 2:31
7th - Madison Matta (Pennsylvania) pin Alicia Pieper (Michigan), 0:38

138 pounds
1st - Jahnea Miguel (Hawaii) pin Sara Sulejmani (Illinois), 1:58
3rd - Jordan Suarez (Texas) dec. Jade Herzer (Wisconsin), 8-4
5th - Annie N. Hua (California) forfeit over Beyonce Garcia (California)
7th - Tristen Music (Georgia) tech, fall Tays Pascual (New York), 10-0, 3:20

144 pounds
1st - Nevaeh Cassidy (Washington) dec. Sydney Manos (Illinois), 14-7
3rd - Tiffani Baublitz (Pennsylvania) pin Seda Tsarni (Maryland), 2:10
5th - Jayden Bentley (Iowa) tech. fall Khaila Hughes (Illinois), 12-0, 3:29
7th - Jaleena Graham (South Carolina) forfeit Beatriz Zubiran (California)

152 pounds
1st - Kennedy Blades (Illinois) tech. fall Kiley Hubby (Washington), 10-0, 1:48
3rd - Madison Konopka (Pennsylvania) tech. fall Alice Brulotte (Washington), 10-0
5th - Kai Poux (New York) vs. Madison Ellis (Alaska)
7th - Kaylee Gross (Missouri) tech. fall Joylynn Wegman (Texas), 10-0, 3:20

164 pounds
1st - Tristan Kelly (Colorado) dec. Katja Osteen (California), 5-4
3rd - Alia Abushi (California) dec. Katie Moore (New York), 8-4
5th - Olivia Robinson (Oregon) forfeit over Sariah Stewart (New York)
7th - Sierra Mason (Washington) dec. Heaven Byrd (Georgia), 18-13

180 pounds
1st - Jaycee Foeller (Missouri) dec. Adelina Parra (California), 7-0
3rd - Brittyn Corbishley (Texas) pin Joanna Jones (New York), 1:29
5th - Brianna Staebler (Wisconsin) dec. America Lopez (California), 10-2
7th - Jayleen Sekona (Alaska) pin Tatum Heikkila (Washington), 2:30

200 pounds
1st - Olivia Brown (Oklahoma) pin Isabeau Shalack (Illinois), 4:52
3rd - Ryan Schlereth (Missouri) tech. fall Taja Showers (Virginia), 13-1, 1:44
5th - Emma Lozada (Texas) pin Hollie Espinoza (California), 0:34

Outstanding Wrestler – Sterling Diaz (Nevada)
Most Falls – Grace Pauls (NY)

Team Standings
1. California 79
2. New York 62
3. Illinois 48
4. Washington 40
5. Pennsylvania 38
6. Texas 36
7. Hawaii 29
8. Colorado 23
9. Missouri 22
10. Nevada 17
11. Maryland 16
12. Georgia 14
13. Oregon 12
14. Wisconsin 9
15. (tie), Oklahoma and Utah, 8
17. (tie) Alaska and New Jersey, 6
19. (tie) Idaho and Virginia 5
21. (tie) Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan 4
24. (tie) Arizona and South Carolina 2
26. Nebraska 1