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16U Women's Fargo Recap

By MI Grappler, 07/18/22, 1:45AM EDT

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Tournament Recap

Led by its 2 champs, Team Michigan had an outstanding 16U Women's Freestyle tournament, finishing in 4th place. Michigan was separated by the first place team, Iowa, by only 8 points.

Sabrina Nauss took home another Stop Sign at 180lbs, winning 16U for the second consecutive year. She was dominant the entire tournament, going unscored upon through the semi-finals and picking up 3 falls and a tech. In the semis, Nauss made quick work of #17 Symphony Veloz of Oklahoma with a first period fall. In the finals, Nauss wrestled #27 Kali Hayden of Oklahoma. Down 8-7, Nauss picked up yet another fall in the first period to win her second Fargo championship.

Mischell Rebisch entered the tournament ranked 4th in the country at 152lbs, and she solidified that top-5 ranking with a national championship. Much like Nauss, Rebisch used all techs and pins to reach the finals. In the semis, Rebisch ran #27 Dupree (Missouri) over with a bar to pick up the first period fall. In the finals, Rebisch used a high-powered offense to beat Genevieve An (Georgia) 9-6.

Michigan had 3 other placers in the tournament. Gigi Bragg lost in the 100lbs quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Manis of Florida. Bragg closed out the tournament with 4 consecutive techs on the back side to take 3rd. at 112lbs, Cecilia Williams entered the tournament as the one seed after winning a national championship last year. Williams lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champ Molly Allen of Iowa. Williams dropped to the consi semis and would ultimately take 4th for another All American finish. At 117lbs, Isabella Cepak put together a great tournament, finishing 7th. Cepak lost 1st round to Naranjo, who went on to take 4th. Cepak then won 5 straight matches on the back side to reach the podium. 

Women's action resumes Tuesday morning as the Juniors take the stage. Stay tuned for updates!

Team Standings

1) Iowa - 90
2) Missouri - 87
3) California - 86
4) Michigan - 82
5) Minnesota - 81
T6) Colorado - 74
T6) Pennsylvania - 74
8) Arizona - 72
9) Illinois - 71
10) Indiana - 54