Michigan’s Junior Women team put together an outstanding performance, bringing home 6 placers, including 3 champs. The effort put Michigan into second place behind only California.
Mishell Rebisch (152) and Sabrina Nauss (180) doubled up on the week, capturing 1st place finishes in both 16U and Junior Freestyle. Rebisch went unscored upon in her first four matches, which included 3 techs and a fall. In the semis, Rebisch teched Genevieve An of Georgia 12-1 in a rematch of the 16U finals. In the finals, Rebisch was trailing 4-0 to #11 Steigler of Virginia when she hot a slick throw for 4 points and the pin. Just like Rebisch, Nauss was dominant the entire tournament. Nauss did not get scored on through the semis, accumulating 3 pins and 2 techs. In the finals, Nauss had a 9-8 lead over #2 Alivia White of Washington when she picked up the fall. Nauss now has two 16U championships and a Junior championship for a total of 3 Stop Signs.
Eliana Bommarito also captured a Junior championship for a second consecutive year. Like Rebisch and Nauss, Bommarito was not scored upon through her first four matches where she had 4 pins. Bommarito kept the pin streak going in the finals where she picked up the fall against #5 Dasia Yearby of South Carolina.
Other placers for Michigan included Clarissa Agostini (2nd), Gigi Bragg (3rd), and Cecilia Williams (4th). At 144lbs, Agostini boosted her national ranking with a 10-6 win over Gomez of California, who was previously ranked #3 in the country. In the semis, Agostini beat #12 Caitlyn Davis of South Carolina. In the finals, Agostini lost a high-scoring match to #5 Sydney Perry of Illinois 13-12. At 100lbs, Gigi Bragg went 6-1 on the week to take 3rd, with her only blemish coming in the semifinals to eventual champ #8 Sterling Dias of Nevada. Cecilia Williams also doubled up on podium finishes at 112lbs, taking 4th in Junior freestyle. Williams lost 4-4 on a tiebreaker to eventual runner-up Krazer of PA in the quarterfinals.
1 – California (165)
2 – Michigan (122)
3 – Illinois (106)
4 – Missouri (83)
5 – Texas (74)