Adrian's Kayley Rada became the first Michigander to earn the opportunity to wrestle for a National Championship after posting a 4-0 record on Day 1 of the Cadet Women's tournament. Rada, competing at 144 lbs, opened with a 6-2 decision before picking up a fall and injury default win in the quarters. She solidified her finals spot by earning a 6-4 decision in the semis and will take on Oregon's Destiny Rodriguez in the championship bout.
Two other Cadets locked down All-American finishes - Alicia Pieper will wrestle for 7th at 132 lbs and Kailyn Garrett will go for 5th at 180 lbs. For Pieper, it is her second straight Cadet AA finish. Garrett earns her first career podium finish. Michigan sits in 14th place as a team for the Cadet Women's portion heading into tomorrow's finals.
On the mens side, eleven Cadets are still alive. Six have perfect records and will wrestle in the quarterfinals tomorrow. Four freshmen - Braeden Davis (88), Drew Heethuis (94), Caden Horwath (100), and Josh Barr (138) - are perfect thus far. Returning finalist Manny Rojas and 2x state champ Stoney Buell are both in the 152 quarters.
The five still alive on the backside, and needing three wins to All-American, are Davison's James Johnston (138) and Jimmy Colley (182), Holly's Jacob Gonzales (138), Whitehall's Ira Jenkins (170), and Delton Kellogg's Caden Ferris (220).
Action will kick off tomorrow in the Fargodome at 10:00 am ET, with the Cadet Women's finals and medal matches going down at 3:00 pm ET.
CADET WOMEN'S NATIONAL FINALS
144 - Kayley Rada (Adrian) vs Destiny Rodriguez (Oregon)
CADET WOMEN'S 5th/6th PLACE MATCH
180 - Kailyn Garrett (South Lyon) vs Riley Dempewolf (Iowa)
CADET WOMEN'S 7th/8th PLACE MATCH
132 - Alicia Pieper (Waterford Kettering) vs Piper Cadden (Arizona)
CADET MEN'S FREESTYLE QUARTERFINALS
88 - Braeden Davis (Dundee) vs Braden Tatum (Kansas)
94 - Drew Heethuis (Detroit CC) vs Codie Cuerbo (Ohio)
100 - Caden Horwath (Davison) vs Reid Nelson (Minnesota)
138 - Josh Barr (Davison) vs Nick Hamilton (Iowa)
152 - Manny Rojas (Detroit CC) vs Nick Sanko (New York)
152 - Stoney Buell (Dundee) vs Keon Ayala (New York)
CADET MEN'S FREESTYLE CONSOLATION ROUND OF 24
138 - Jacob Gonzales (Holly) vs Logan Ours (Ohio)
138 - James Johnston (Davison) vs Evan Bennett (Ohio)
170 - Ira Jenkins (Whitehall) vs Brian Soldano (New Jersey)
182 - Jimmy Colley (Davison) vs Holden Cypher (North Carolina)
220 - Caden Ferris (Delton Kellogg) vs Chase Thompson (Florida)