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Updated: Senior National Women’s Preview: Loaded field to scrap for Olympic Trials berths

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 17, 2019, 7:17 p.m. (ET)

Two-time World Team member Forrest Molinari will be moving up to 68 kg for her Olympic year run.. UWW photo.

We post this preview five hours before the closing of on-line registration for the Senior Nationals in Fort Worth this weekend. Although a few new entries could be added, we can already do a detailed preview on the field in each of the six Olympic weight classes contested. If there is a big change, we will update in the morning.

The top five placewinners in each weight class punch their ticket to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling at Penn State in April. This field includes a number of Senior World Team members, U.S. Open champions and age-group World medalists. When the 10 World Championships weight classes are whittled down to the six Olympic weight classes, a number of top stars are landing in every weight class. It should be a real battle down in Texas!!!

50 kg - Anthony, Golston, Fearnside, Lampe headline tough field

The lightest weight class should provide some great competition, with all the top women who have not yet qualified registered for Fort Worth. Two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony, who was second in Final X the last two seasons, is the favorite, although she knows she must be at her best to win. Anthony has placed fifth in the World two times. Past U.S. Open champion and three-time Junior World medalist Erin Golston comes off her best year at the Senior level and has wins over all of her top domestic opponents. Past University World medalist Amy Fearnside, who has made the Senior National Team, is dangerous and capable of taking the title. It is hard to overlook two-time World bronze medalist Alyssa Lampe, who did not compete the first three years of this Olympic cycle but used to be the top wrestler in this field. If Lampe returns at a high level, she will be very tough.

The rest of the field includes some of the top young talents on the scene. Alleida Martinez, who won NAIA and WCWA titles last year for Menlo and has made numerous age-group World Teams is back after placing fifth on the Senior ladder last year. Cadet World champion and Youth Olympic Games champion Emily Shilson, who is starting her college career this year at Augsburg, is a rising Senior-level star. Asia Ray, a Junior World bronze medalist who won both the WCWA and NAIA Nationals in 2019, should be in the mix.

50 kg entries, as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Mariah Anderson, Rise Wrestling
Madison Angelito, Patriot Wrestling Club
Victoria Anthony, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Victoria Borrego
Sugey Ceja
Emma Cochran, Grand View Wrestling Club
Amy Fearnside, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Angelina Gomez, Lion WC
Aleeah Gould, Team Tornado Wrestling Club
Raven Guidry
Alyssa Lampe, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Mariah Lomas
Alleida Martinez Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Jennesis Martinez, Colorado Mesa WC
Ira Jean Navarro
Hannah Petersen
Nina Pham
Kory Phillips
Vannessa Ramirez
Asia Ray
Natalie Reyna-Rodriguez, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Aliyah Rollins
Emily Shilson, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Victoria Smith
Katherine Sumner, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Brooke Thurber, Rabid Dawg Wrestling Club
Alice Todryk, Rabid Dawg Wrestling Club
Arelys Valles, Grand View Wrestling Club
Esther Walker, Warrior Wrestling Club
Samantha Weeks

53 kg – Shai and Ikei top 53 kg returnees, with Parrish and Villaescusa dropping down to make a run

An intriguing weight class, in which a number of athletes have a chance to push for the gold-medal finals. The top returning star is veteran Katherine Shai, who was second in Final X in 2019 and has been a multiple National-Team member. 2019 U.S. Open champion Tiare Ikei, who burst onto the Senior scene last year in her final year of high school, has extensive experience and talent. The newcomer to this weight class is Dominique Parrish, who was a 2019 Final X runner-up at 55 kg and is dropping down to this Olympic weight. Parrish won the Miranda Medal as the top college women’s wrestler last year, and has been on multiple Senior National Teams up a weight. Another Senior National Team member, Areana Villaescusa, who is No. 3 at 55 kg, is also moving down this year.

2019 WCWA champion Gracie Figueroa of Menlo, who was fourth on the National Team ladder at 53 kg last year, is among the top challengers. Two of the top young talents in women’s wrestling, Ronna Heaton and Alisha Howk, are expected to be a force. Howk was No. 4 on the Senior ladder at 55 kg last year and Heaton is a past Cadet World champion with extensive experience. Felicity Taylor, who is ranked No. 1 among NCAA colleges for McKendree, is the top college competitor who is entered.

53 kg entries, as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Jamayia Blackston
Alexis Encinas
Gracie Figueroa, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Jaslynn Gallegos, Blue Chip Wrestling Club
Danielle Garcia
Aleena Gomez, Colorado Mesa WC
Ronna Heaton, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Alisha Howk, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Tiare Ikei, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Stefana Jelacic, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Nicole Nastri, Tri-City Tyrants
Keely Oyadomari, Warrior Wrestling Club
Dominique Parrish, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Katherine Shai, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Felicity Taylor, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Anja Tschohl, Colorado Mesa WC
Areana Villaescusa, Army WCAP

57 kg – Campbell, Hedrick, Louive, Carpio among top contenders at wide-open weight

The only returning National Team member in the field from 57 kg is 2012 Olympian and two-time World Team member Kelsey Campbell, who was No. 3 on the ladder here last year. Campbell has experience and confidence going for her again. Alexandria Hedrick, who was a 2018 Final X runner-up and age-group World Team member, is a past U.S. Open champion. Last year’s Final X runner-up at 59 kg, veteran Lauren Louive, makes the drop down to challenge at the Olympic weight class. Arian Carpio, No. 4 on the National ladder at 57 kg, lost to Campbell in the National Team True Third match last summer.

Cameron Guerin, third in the U.S. Open last year at 57 kg and a 2019 Junior World Team member, is among the young challengers. Tiana Jackson of Menlo, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA at 123 pounds, is in the draw. Allison Petix of King, No 1 in the NCAA rankings at 130 pounds, will wrestle. Past National Team member Shauna Kemp, who won a World Beach Games bronze this summer, is in the mix. Gabrielle Weyhrich, who was No. 4 on the Senior ladder in 2018 at 53 kg, will be competitive. Former Senior National Team member Koral Sugiyama is entered. This weight has a lot of possibilities and will be hard to handicap.

57 kg entries as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Sierra Brown Ton, Colorado Mesa WC
Kelsey Campbell, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Arian Carpio, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Rebecca Drown
Phoenix Dubose, Team Tornado Wrestling Club
Jessica Fresh
Niya Teresa Gaines, Lion WC
Marissa Gallegos, Colorado Mesa WC
Isabella Gonzalez, Grand View Wrestling Club
Cameron Guerin, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Alexandra Hedrick, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Alexandra Herle, Lion WC
Annmarie Hidalgo
Tiana Jackson
Shauna Kemp, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Audrie Lee, Wrestling Prep
Lauren Louive, New York Athletic Club
Monica Mendoza
Xochitl Mota-Pettis
Allison Petix, Team Tornado Wrestling Club
Hailey Schiermeyer, Warrior Wrestling Club
Emily Se, Lion WC
Cheyenne Sisenstein, Team Tornado Wrestling Club
Gabrielle Skidmore, Twin Cities RTC
Koral Sugiyama, Twin Cities RTC
Alexia Ward
Gabrielle Weyhrich, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Brittany Wynn
Cindy Zepeda, Colorado Mesa WC

62 kg – Nelson, Kilty, Page, Salata, Beck among many talented challengers

At this time, none of the 2018-19 Women’s National Team members at 62 kg are registered to compete. However, that does not diminish this field, which has a good mix of talent and experience, and will be a very competitive division. Maya Nelson, a 2017 Junior World Team member and Final X runner-up at 65 kg last season, drops down to the Olympic weight class. Macey Kilty, a 2018 Cadet World champion and five-time age-group World medalist, was No. 3 on the Senior ladder at 65 kg last season.

Desiree Zavala, currently No. 3 on this year’s Senior National Team at 62 kg, will compete. Jennifer Page, a past Senior National Team member, U.S. Open champion and Junior World bronze medalist, has missed time with injuries, but if she is back to form, she can win it all. Julia Salata, another past Senior National Team member, has competed at a number of higher weight classes, but is making her Olympic run down at her lightest weight in years. Michaela Beck, a 2018 U.S. Open runner-up who is currently No. 4 on the Senior ladder at 59 kg, is expected to be a contender. Teshya Alo, a past U.S. Open champion and 2014 Cadet World champion, is always dangerous. Alara Boyd, a two-time Cadet World medalist, and Emma Bruntil, who was fourth in the 2018 U.S. Open, are just starting their college career at McKendree. Bruntil is No. 1 at 136 and Boyd No. 2 at 143 in the new NCAA rankings. Alexis Porter, who won a 2016 Junior World bronze, has extensive Senior-level success. Brianna Csontos is among the others with Senior-level achievements in this field.

62 kg entries as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Teniya Alo
Teshya Alo, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Michaela Beck, New York Athletic Club
Alara Boyd
Emma Bruntil
Brianna Csontos, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Dalia Garibay, Colorado Mesa WC
Macey Kilty, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Gabrielle Lord-Klein, Twin Cities RTC
Tanalei Louis, Warrior Wrestling Club
Shanayah Marshall
Lauren Mason
Maya Nelson, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Zoe Nowicki
Jennifer Page, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Mattison Parker
Angela Peralta
Alexis Porter, New York Athletic Club
Julia Salata, New York Athletic Club
Andrea Schlabach
Marlee Smith, Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Viktorya Torres, Victory Wrestling – Central WA
Ismileyna Valles, Patriot Wrestling Club
Desiree Zavala

68 kg – 2x World Teamers Molinari and Francis, U.S. Open champs Surber-Cataline, Beltz, Fiske in a rugged field

On paper, 68 kg is the strongest weight class in this year’s women’s field at the Senior Nationals. Two members of the 2019 U.S. Senior World Team are moving into this weight class from non-Olympic weights. Forrest Molinari, who was fifth in the 2018 and 2019 World Championships, is moving up from 65 kg. Victoria Francis, fifth in the 2019 Worlds and a 2017 World Team member is dropping down from 72 kg. There is no guarantees that these two will face each other, as the rest of the field is strong.

Jackie Surber-Cataline, a two-time U.S. Open champion, is making a comeback for the Olympic year. Randi Beltz, a 2019 U.S. Open champion, who was second in 2018 Final X brings a ton of talent and experience. Alyvia Fiske, a 2019 U.S. Open champion and Final X runner-up at 72 kg, is making the move down. Fiske is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA for Simon Fraser.

Alexandria Glaude, a 2019 Final X runner-up at 68 kg and a 2018 U23 World bronze medalist, is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA at 155 pounds for McKendree. Rachel Watters, a 2018 Final X runner-up at 72 kg, is currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA for Oklahoma City at 170 pounds. Hannah Gladden, No. 3 on the Senior National Team at 76 kg, will be moving down. Nahiela Magee, who has placed four times at the U.S. Senior Open, competed at the CISM Military Worlds this year for the Army. Ashlyn Ortega of King is No. 1 ranked in the NCAA at 143 pounds. Solin Piearcy of Menlo, a WCWA and NAIA national champion last year, is also talented, as well as Skylar Grote, a 2018 U Sports Canadian college national champion for Brock, has place numerous times in U.S. Senior level events. Expect a ton of great battles at this weight class

68 kg entries as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Randi Beltz, Army WCAP
Marlynn Deede, Twin Cities RTC
Aine Drury
Ismileyna Valles, Patriot Wrestling Club
Alyvia Fiske, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Victoria Francis, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Alexandria Glaude, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Hannah Gladden, Lion WC
Alexis Gomez, Grand View Wrestling Club
Skylar Grote, New York Athletic Club
Daniela Hechavarria, Barons Wrestling Club
Taylor Hites
Brighton Hutton
Joye Levendusky, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Mahealani Lewis, Warrior Wrestling Club
Nahiela Magee, Army WCAP
Kayla Marano
Rachel Mahlow
Alma Mendoza, Colorado Mesa WC
Forrest Molinari, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Morgan Norris, Blue Chip Wrestling Club
Adrianna Orozco
Ashlynn Ortega, Team Tornado Wrestling Club
Jacqueline Parks
Solin Piearcy, Menlo Wrestling Club
Hunter Robinson, Grand View Wrestling Club
Samantha Springer
Jackie Surber-Cataline, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Sierra Talmadge
Myranda Velazquez
Rachel Watters, New York Athletic Club

76 kg – Young stars Bell, Bullock, Guilford top challengers, with Rottier making comeback

The heavyweight division on the women’s side will be hotly contested, with a number of talented young athletes and a few experienced veterans battling for position. Precious Bell, the 2019 Final X runner-up and 2019 U.S. Open champion at this weight, and Korinahe Bullock, the 2018 Final X runner-up at this weight, Bell is currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA competing for Menlo. Bullock was a 2018 U23 World bronze medalist. Dymond Guilford, a 2019 WCWA and NAIA national champion for Missouri Baptist, is equally competitive.

Making a comeback is Jessika Rottier, a 2017 WCWA national champion for the University of the Cumberlands, is an assistant coach at UW-Stevens Point and back on the mat. Brittany Marshall, a 2018 WCWA champion for Wayland Baptist, is expected to contend. Paige Baynes, who won a WCWA title for Grays Harbor in 2018 and an NAIA title for Wayland Baptist in 2019, is registered. Leilani Camargo-Naone, a 2018 WCWA runner-up for Midland, is in the field. Add in Chi Chi Nwankwo of Oklahoma City, who was second in the 2019 NAIA Nationals, Anna Naylor, who placed in the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior Open, is another tough athlete, as well as Andrea Sennett, who has placed nationally on the Senior and age-group levels.

76 kg entries as of 5:00 p.m. MT Tuesday
Rachel Allar
Paige Baynes
Precious Bell, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Korinahe Bullock, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Leilani Camargo-Naone, Warrior Wrestling Club
Emily Cue
Marilyn Garcia
Dymond Guilford, Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (TMWC)
Jesse Kirby, Patriot Wrestling Club
Jesaphine Lee
Yelena Makoyed, Cardinal Wrestling Club
Brittany Marshall, Cardinal Wrestling Club
Nesa Martinez
Anna Naylor
Nkechinyere Nwankwo
Jessika Rottier, Rabid Dawg Wrestling Club
Alyssa Schrull
Andrea Sennett, McKendree Bearcat Wrestling Club
Mariah Stewart
Evangelina Toruno
Mayte Villada, Colorado Mesa WC