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Teysha Alo of Hawaii defeated Katerina Lobsinger at 130 lbs., TF 7-0, 6-0, at the Western Junior Regionals on April 17 in Las Vegas, Nev. Meagan Templeton-Lynch photo.

There was a positive turnout for the inaugural Western Junior Regional Women’s Freestyle competition, which took place Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., with nearly forty young women competing for gold.

High school freshman Teysha Alo of Hawaii dominated the tournament at 130 lbs. with a 3-0 record and three technical falls against Izzy Valle, Katerina Lobsinger and Jasmine Mendez, all wrestling out of California.

“I think I did pretty good,” Alo said after her final match. “I practiced hard with my coaches. It feels good. I feel like I trained hard and I deserve what I trained for.”

Alo was a gold medalist at the 2012 Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D. She said she hopes to see a lot more girls at next year’s Western Junior Regionals.

Also taking a gold medal home is high school senior Kaylee Chevez of California at 105 lbs., who went 3-0 and had two impressive first-period pins against Katelyn Laurents of Nevada and Harmonie Roberts of California.

The Western Junior Regionals was Chevez’s first freestyle tournament, who took first at the recent Girls Folkstyle Nationals in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 30, 2013 and has gone undefeated in folkstyle this year.

“I’ve only been wrestling for four years, my senior year I went undefeated,” said Chevez. “This is my first actual freestyle tournament this year. It’s fun. It’s more aggressive, you can injure people faster.”

2012 Cadet World bronze medalist Anastasia Lobsinger of California went 2-0 in her bracket at 159 lbs., earning her a gold medal over Kendall Reusing of California.

Jasmine Bailey of Iowa went 4-0 at 117 lbs., showing her talents in the form of two technical falls and two pins. Bailey was champion at the 2013 Girls Folkstyle Nationals at 112 lbs.

Other winners from today’s tournament were Sariyah Jones of California at 97 lbs., Madison Tung of California at 112 lbs., Alyssa Gonzalez of California at 121 lbs., Forrest Molinari of California at 139 lbs., Sonya Redbird of Washington at 148 lbs., Courteney Tompkins of California at 172 lbs. and Torey Barrett of California at 198 lbs.

At Las Vegas, Nev., April 17, 2013

Women’s freestyle results

97 lbs.
1st Place - Sariyah Jones of California
2nd Place - Maia Phanthadara of Hawaii
3rd Place - Malie Gonsalves of Hawaii
4th Place - Percilla Tran of Oregon
Round Robin Matches
Sariyah Jones (California) over Maia Phanthadara (Hawaii) Dec 5-2,2-3,1-0
Maia Phanthadara (Hawaii) over Malie Gonsalves (Hawaii) Dec 5-0,5-1
Sariyah Jones (California) over Malie Gonsalves (Hawaii) Dec 2-3,4-0,1-0

105 lbs.
1st Place - Kaylee Chevez of California
2nd Place - Harmonie Roberts of California
3rd Place - Leah Widowski of Texas
4th Place - Katelyn Laurente of Nevada
1st – Kaylee Chevez (California) over Harmonie Roberts (California) Fall 0:41

112 lbs.
1st Place - Madison Tung of California
2nd Place - Lyndsey Barnhill of Washington
3rd Place - Danielle Sigala of California
Round Robin Matches
Lyndsey Barnhill (Washington) over Danielle Sigala (California) Dec 4-1,5-2
Madison Tung (California) over Lyndsey Barnhill (Washington) Dec 2-0,1-0
Madison Tung (California) over Danielle Sigala (California) Fall 1:44

117 lbs.
1st Place - Jasmine Bailey of Iowa
2nd Place - Cara Romeike of Texas
3rd Place - Mara Javines of California
4th Place - Beatriz Bautista of California
Round Robin Matches
Cara Romeike (Texas) over Mara Javines (California) Dec 3-2,4-3
Jasmine Bailey (Iowa) over Cara Romeike (Texas) Fall 0:47
Jasmine Bailey (Iowa) over Mara Javines (California) TF 6-0,7-0

121 lbs.
1st Place - Alyssa Gonzalez of California
2nd Place - Peyton Reece of Washington
3rd Place - Marina Briceno of California
4th Place - Fay Venturiwa of California
Round Robin Matches
Peyton Reece (Washington) over Marina Briceno (California) Dec 1-0,1-1,2-0
Alyssa Gonzalez (California) over Marina Briceno (California) TF 5-0,6-0
Alyssa Gonzalez (California) over Peyton Reece (Washington) Fall 1:21

130 lbs.
1st Place - Teshya Alo of Hawaii
2nd Place - Jasmine Mendez of California
3rd Place - Katerina Lobsinger of California
4th Place - Hailey Hall of Washington
5th Place - Izzy Valle of California
6th Place - Carolin Sauder of Nevada
1st – Teshya Alo (Hawaii) over Jasmine Mendez (California) TF 6-0,9-1
3rd – Katerina Lobsinger (California) over Hailey Hall (Washington) TF 7-0,6-0
5th – Izzy Valle (California) over Carolin Sauder (Nevada) FF

139 lbs.
1st Place - Forrest Molinari of California
2nd Place - Kelsey Baker of Texas
3rd Place - Montana Stewart of Texas
4th Place - Rachelle Proa of California
Round Robin Matches
Kelsey Baker (Texas) over Forrest Molinari (California) Dec 4-2,2-1
Montana Stewart (Texas) over Kelsey Baker (Texas) Dec 1-2,3-4
Forrest Molinari (California) over Montana Stewart (Texas) Fall 0-1,6-0,1:20

148 lbs.
1st Place - Sonya Redbird of Washington
2nd Place - Samantha Chocano of California
Best of Three Series
Sonya Redbird (Washington) over Samantha Chocano (California) Fall 0:43
Sonya Redbird (Washington) over Samantha Chocano (California) Fall 1:35

159 lbs.
1st Place - Anastasia Lobsinger of California
2nd Place - Kendall Reusing of California
3rd Place - Nahiela Magee of California
Round Robin Matches
Kendall Reusing (California) over Nahiela Magee (California) Fall 1:47
Anastasia Lobsinger (California) over Nahiela Magee (California) Fall 1:14
Anastasia Lobsinger (California) over Kendall Reusing (California) Dec 4-0,7-1

172 lbs.
1st Place - Courteney Tompkins of California

198 lbs.
1st Place - Torey Barrett of California
2nd Place - Annestazia Bell of Nevada
Best of Three Series
Torey Barret (California) over Annestazia Bell (Nevada) TF 7-0, 8-1
Torey Barret (California) over Annestazia Bell (Nevada) Fall 0:40
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