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USAW 2013 Folkstyle Nationals - IL Girls Wrestling Recap
April 2, 2013
By David Rice IL/USAW
The below IL Girls Wrestling Recap information was accumulated from registered wrestlers via TrackWrestling.com.
We had 36 girls from Illinois with 32 of them listed as Team Illinois. Note: Liliana Cortes is listed twice as she wrestled in the Cadet and Junior divisions so if you tried to pull the numbers from just TrackWrestling.com it may be confusing as you'd come up with 37 to represent her 2 entries.
We had 24 girls achieve All-American status and 8 national champs.
IL Girls Wrestling All-Americans
Illinois had two finalists in Zoee Sadler (Div I 45 lbs) and Trinity Malave (Div I 55 lbs) who unfortunately ended up having to wrestle against the IL girls that won the national championships in those weight classes. To have both finalists be from this great state is awesome!!!!
Of the 23 girls the state paid for that actually attended the event 19 of them were All-Americans and 7 of them were national champs. Three of those that did not reach All-American status that we paid for were at the HS level and honestly that is our biggest gap of development because for most of the year they are outside of our actual scope of control as far as creating opportunities. I think it also bodes well that 5 of our girls that did not win our state event achieved All-American status and one of them was a national champ.
One thing to note on the following stats I'm including - Some states had multiple teams listed. For example the pre-registration list had Texas with 117 participants from the state of Texas representing 39 different teams with no team having more than 15 wrestlers in it. So to be fair when we list some of these stats by Team it does not necessarily translate to over all STATE superiority. Note I also do not include the 4 girls from Illinois that were not listed as Team Illinois below (although I did include them in the ones above).
National Champions per team
This is amazing considering we had two other girls lose to other IL girls in the finals of their weight classes as well.
All-American's per team
Top 10 teams
A few other stats pulled from TrackWrestling.com to show how Illinois stacked up on the mat this weekend:
Most Match Points
Outstanding wrestlers per age group
There were a lot of outstanding wrestlers for Illinois the last two days. Note I was not there to see the actual matches but pulling just the stats from Trackwrestling I wanted to give a shout out to some of what on paper seem to be some of our most outstanding performances for each age group.
For Division I it is much harder to pick just one so I'll list 2 that had almost identical days.
Both girls also had to defeat another girl from Illinois in the finals.
Everyone did an amazing job...for the first year of IL/USAW supporting us to bring together a Girls Team Illinois we wanted to try and make a splash....I think we may have made a tidal wave instead.
University Nationals information
Girls from Illinois that wrestled in the 2013 ASICS University Nationals in Oklahoma City this weekend as well.
On Friday night Erin Golston and Haley Augello both wrestled off for an opportunity to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Championships. Haley won with a pin and Erin lost a close one late in the match (Erin avenged this loss the next day at the University Nationals).
Then on Saturday in the University Nationals we had the following results:
Another amazing display of Illinois wrestling at its finest.