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|Woody, Chase win third career titles at ASICS/Vaughan Women’s Junior Nationals|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
FARGO, N.D. -A pair of wrestlers claimed their third career Junior Nationals title with victories at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Women's National Championships on Tuesday at the Fargodome.
Winning third career Junior Nationals titles were Nicole Woody of Maryland at 102 pounds and Caitlyn Chase of Illinois at 110 pounds.
Woody defeated Victoria Anthony of California, by technical fall, 6-0, 9-3.Woody won the first period with a 6-0 technical fall. Anthony hit a three-point move in the second period to get a 3-1 lead, but Woody responded with a three point throw and a five point throw to end the match. Woody was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for her outstanding performance.
Chase won a two-period match over Alyssa Lampe of Wisconsin, 6-0, 3-2. She earned a technical fall in the first period, but emerged in a close battle in the second period for the win.
California won the Acordia Cup, presented to the team champions, with 77 points, led by three individual champions. Texas was second with 63 points, followed by Hawaii in third with 26 points, Illinois in fourth with 22 points and Michigan in fifth with 20 points.
Winning their second straight titles were Tatiana Padilla of California at 128 pounds and Desiree Memea of Hawaii at 175 pounds
Padilla won a very competitive two-period match against Cheyenne Stokes of Oklahoma, 3-0, 5-0. Stokes was unable to score during the bout. A leg lace late which led to two exposures in the second period gave Padilla the margin of victory.
Memea defeated Dallas Monriel-Berner of Illinois in the title bout, which took three periods, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0. Memea won the first period, scoring the only takedown, but Monriel-Berner took the second with a score off the leg clinch. In the deciding third period, Memea scored a leg attack takedown with just 20 seconds to go to win the match.
Jackie Cataline of California won her first Junior Nationals title, pinning Veronica Carlson of Illinois in the second period at 138 pounds, 6-0, 1:19. Cataline was second at the 2006 U.S. Senior Nationals and third at the U.S. Women's World Team Trials.
Cataline scored numberous leg attack takedowns in the first period. Carlson scored two points in the second period on a front headlock, but Cataline lifted Carlson on a double leg takedown and took her down directly to her back for the pin.
Earlier in the day, Cataline was named 2006 TheMat.com/ASICS High School Girls Wrestler of the Year.
Michaela Hutchison of Alaska won her first Junior Nationals title, defeating Leanne Barney of Texas at 119 pounds in two straight periods, 4-0, 5-1. Hutchison was second at the Junior Nationals last year.
Hutchison became the first girl who won a state high school title competing against boys when she captured the Alaska state title this year. She has also won two FILA Cadet National titles.
At 95 pounds, C.C. Weber of Michigan defeated Keiko Akamine of Hawaii by pin in the second period, 5-0, 1:13. Weber won the first period with dominance.The second period was much more wide open, with many flurries of scoring. The score tied at 3-3 when Weber was able to lock up and pin Akamine with 47 seconds left in the period.
At 148 pounds, Erin Clodgo of Connecticut edged Paige Rife of Michigan, 1-0, 1-0. Clodgo scored on spin behind takedowns in both periods.
At 160 pounds, in an all-California finals, it took three periods for 2005 Junior Nationals runner-up Amy Havens to defeat her teammate Monica Gonzalez, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0. Gonzales won the first period, but Havens tied it up with a takedown off the leg clinch in the second period. In the deciding third period, Havens scored the only point for the close victory.
In a battle of two athletes who won Junior National silver medals last year, Brittany Delgado of South Carolina defeated Paloma Basulto of Hawaii by fall. Delgado was the runnerup at 195 pounds last year, while Basulto was second last year at 220 pounds.
Sara Lewis of Texas won the title at 220 pounds, winning both of her round robin matches by fall. She pinned returning national champion Lakia Henderson of Florida in 1:59, then put away Andrea Saldana of Pennsylvania in 1:10.