This past February, Samantha Spielbauer was chosen to be the American Gold Sports Alliance’s Athlete of the Month. Sam plays varsity basketball, while also competing as a wrestler at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg, Iowa. Even though this is her first year of wrestling, Spielbauer surprised everyone by winning her first-ever state wrestling championship during the third annual Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s girls state tournament. Building upon her successes, Sam competed 2021 High School National Recruiting Showcase and Girls Folkstyle Nationals Tournament on March 27th and 28th.[Read more…] about AGSA February Athlete of the Month Wins 2021 High School National Girls Folkstyle Nationals Tournament
Cody GoodwinDes Moines Register
The continued growth of girls’ wrestling in Iowa reached new heights this season.
There were 683 girls that wrestled across the state, according to Trackwrestling. At the girls’ state tournament in January, sponsored for the third year by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, 457 girls from more than 100 schools competed.
The numbers are continuing to pop and the overall talent level is rising, too, and both of those facts are represented here, in our 2021 All-Iowa Girls’ Wrestling Team.
In this, we selected Elite members for our girls’ wrestling team, the wrestlers we consider to be the best of the best at the 12 weights contested at the IWCOA girls’ state tournament. We also included 12 additional honorable mention picks.
This year’s Elite Team selections represent nine different schools. There are five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and one freshmen. The honorable mention picks include three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.
As the sport continues to grow and evolve here in Iowa, we feel it is our obligation to grow and evolve with it. Elite team members will be invited to the virtual Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Sports Awards in Des Moines this June.
The selections were made based on in-season results, Register staff observations, and consultations with high school, college and recruiting contacts. Records listed are from Trackwrestling.
All-Iowa Elite Girls’ Wrestlers
106 pounds: Ella Schmit, jr., Bettendorf
Two-time IWCOA girls’ state champ, three-time finalist. Went 23-7 overall this season, and 5-0 against girls, all pins. Qualified for the IHSAA state wrestling tournament, one of just four girls to ever do so.
113 pounds: Eva Diaz, jr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Went 24-0 with 21 pins this season. Recorded four first-period pins and a technical fall at the IWCOA girls’ state tournament.
120 pounds: Kiki Connell, sr., Charles City
IWCOA girls’ state champ and a two-time girls’ state medalist. Finished 28-6 overall this season. Outscored her five opponents at the state tournament by a combined 43-8.
126 pounds: Lilly Luft, soph., Charles City
IWCOA girls’ state champ and now a two-time girls’ state medalist. Went 23-1 this season with 15 pins, including three at the state tournament, where she outscored her opponents 43-9 across five matches.
132 pounds: Annika Behrends, jr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ, and now a two-time girls’ state champ and three-time finalist. Went 11-0 this season with seven pins. Rallied to win both her semifinals and finals match to win gold at this year’s state tournament.
138 pounds: Abby McIntyre, sr., Glenwood
IWCOA girls’ state champ and now a two-time girls’ state champ. Went 15-1 overall this year with 11 pins, including five at the state tournament, four of which occurred in the first period. Grand View signee.
145 pounds: Naomi Simon, fr., Decorah
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Went 26-1 this year with 23 pins, including 12 in the first period. Recorded five pins at the state tournament, where she also outscored her opponents by a combined 22-0.
152 pounds: Madison Diaz, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished the season 21-0 with 16 pins. Recorded four pins and a technical fall en route to first at the girls’ state tournament. Grand View signee.
160 pounds: Samantha Spielbauer, soph., Clayton Ridge
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished 13-5 overall with 13 pins, including 11 in the first period and six in under a minute. Became Clayton Ridge’s first state wrestling champ, boy or girl.
170 pounds: Morgan Smith, sr., Denver
IWCOA girls’ state champ. Finished 14-10 with 14 pins, including four at the girls’ state tournament. Beat the fourth-, third-, and second-place finisher en route to a state title.
195 pounds: Rachel Eddy, soph., Independence
IWCOA girls’ state champ, and now a two-time girls’ state finalist. Went 14-0 this season with nine pins. Joins her uncle, Scott, as a state wrestling champ for Independence. (Scott Eddy won an IHSAA Class 2A state title in 1997.)
285 pounds: Millie Peach, sr., Iowa Valley
IWCOA girls’ state champ and finished her career as the first three-time girls’ state champ. Went 23-13 overall this year, but 5-0 with five pins against girls. Went a combined 9-0 at the three girls’ state tournaments with nine pins, including seven in the first period.
- Sophie Barnes, soph., Lewis Central
- Abby Boehm, sr., North Fayette Valley
- Grace Gray, jr., Ankeny Centennial
- Emma Grimm, sr., Osage
- Olivia Huckfelt, fr., Spencer
- Keeley Kehrli, soph., East Buchanan
- Jasmine Luedtke, fr., Ottumwa
- Adyson Lundquist, soph., Southwest Valley
- Avery Meier, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
- Sydney Park, jr., Davenport Assumption
- Bella Porcelli, fr., Southeast Polk
- Alexis Ross, soph., Fort Dodge
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitterat@codygoodwin.
USA WRESTLING GIRLS FOLKSTYLE NATIONALS
At Coralville, Iowa, March 28
Cover photo by Cam Kramer
16U results[Read more…] about USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals – Final Results
By: Tara Miller | AGSA
Hannah Gladden is a 24-year-old athlete from Gadsden, Alabama. When she first started wrestling as a freshman in high school, she was the only female wrestler in her school. Through hard work and dedication, she became the first girl in the state of Alabama to compete in the Alabama High School Wrestling State Tournament. Today, Gladden is a 2x National Team Member, 2016 Olympic Trial Qualifier, 2014 Pan American Champion, 2018 Pan Am Silver Medalist, and 2019 US Open Runner-Up.
Now, Gladdan’s sights are set on something much higher, qualifying for the USA National Women’s Wrestling Team and earning a spot on the USA Olympic Wrestling Team. However, without a sponsor, the costs of competing in the upcoming tournaments were more than Gladden could do on her own. That’s where the American Gold Sports Alliance decided to step in. When President Steve ‘Sid’ Caesar learned about Gladden’s National Team and Olympic quest, it all just made sense. “When I first saw her story, I instantly knew that AGSA would be a great partner to help her reach her goals,” said Caesar, “She’s a hardworking, dedicated young woman who inspires others to push themselves and achieve their dreams. That’s what AGSA and our Wrestling For Gold Initiative (WFGI) is all about – supporting wrestlers so they can inspire other wrestlers.”
In addition to AGSA’s sponsorship, Gladden set up a GoFundMe page so others could help her with the costs. In just two days she already collected over half of her goal. “It’s just so incredible,” Gladden told AGSA, “the wrestling community is excellent. It’s one big family and everyone supports each other, no matter where you are from.”
Gladden will compete in the final qualifier March 26-27 in Fort Worth, Texas. When she finishes in the top two of her weight class she will then move on to compete in the Olympic Trials, the first week of April. Gladden will then participate in the US Open in Las Vegas, looking for her spot on the Olympic team. It’s a long road ahead for Gladden, but with the American Gold Sports Alliance’s help, her chances are looking up.
If you would like to help Hannah, please consider donating to AGSA at www.agsa.org/donate and select ‘Hannah Gladden Wrestling’ in the subject.
The American Gold Sports Alliance is a 501c(3) Sports Foundation.
Clayton Ridge certainly made its mark at the girls state wrestling tournament. Samantha Spielbauer pinned her way through the 160-pound bracket at the third annual Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s unofficial girls state tournament, winning the Eagles’ first-ever state wrestling championship on Saturday at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.
By NJCAA | Dec. 30, 2020
Charlotte, NC - During the December NJCAA Board of Regents meeting, the board considered increasing the association’s sports offerings following a survey to membership to gauge interest. Following the Board of Regents’ vote, the NJCAA will formally recognize competitive cheer (coed), clay target shooting (coed), men’s volleyball, and women’s wrestling as emerging sports within the association.
“The NJCAA is excited to offer competitive cheer, clay target shooting, men’s volleyball, and women’s wrestling as emerging sports,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “Athletics is a vital driver of enrollment for many NJCAA member colleges. The addition of these four sports will also provide a pathway to increase opportunities for student-athletes around the country.”
Each of the new emerging sports have garnered interest amongst NJCAA member colleges as club sports in recent years. Survey results from NJCAA membership showed an interest from membership in declaring for each of the sports, with enough programs planning to begin programs over the next three years to sustain sponsored sport status. Programs will be permitted to field teams beginning in the fall of 2021 under the recognized emerging sport distinction. There will not be an NJCAA championship opportunity during the 2021-22 academic year, however, teams will have the opportunity to participate in various season-ending events, whether through the sport’s national governing body or another organization. The timeline to begin NJCAA championships will vary based on sport, depending on participation.
The NJCAA will form sport committees for competitive cheer, clay target shooting, men’s volleyball, and women’s wrestling in preparation for the 2021-22 academic year. These committees will be tasked with navigating all areas of strategic planning for the emerging sports including trends in sponsorship, commitment periods, sports procedures, and recommended timelines.
The adoption of the four emerging sports follows the NJCAA’s addition of beach volleyball in April 2018. Prior to beach volleyball, the association last added half marathon and women’s lacrosse in 2003-04. The NJCAA currently sponsors 28 sports across three divisions with 52 national championship events.
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Rio Olympic 53 kg champion Helen Maroulis of the U.S. gave a lengthy interview to United World Wrestling and underscored her desire to compete at the highest level in Tokyo in 2021:
“I always take things one at a time and I always do it to pursue excellence. So, to me, I committed to this goal, I committed to four years. I’ve been through a lot with all these physical injuries, mental, all this stuff, so for me, I made a commitment and made a decision, so I am seeing this through.
Now recovered from two years of injuries that included a concussion, Maroulis qualified the U.S. for the 57 kg class with a brilliant Olympic qualifying tournament in February 2020, stomping reigning World Champion Linda Morais (CAN) by 12-2 in her opener and then outscored her next three opponents by 26-2. Maroulis still has to make the U.S. team, but was asked about the difficult field she could face at 57 kg in Tokyo, including Japan’s Risako Kawai, the reigning 57 kg World Champion. Maroulis was unafraid:
“This is my dream come true, right? When you think about winning Olympic gold, it’s not just like you want the medal for the sake of the medal, , you’re like, I want it to be the toughest competition because the point of being the best is you want to know that you beat everyone else who you think is incredible.”
Off the mat, she shared her new interest in salsa dancing, where she is learning a lot and said, “I enjoy it just as much as wrestling.” Is that in her future? Maybe, but she also sees herself giving back to wrestling as a coach, helping others to learn as she has.
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By David Bray, Flowrestling | Dec. 11, 2020, 3:14 p.m. (ET)
Pandemic season continues to create matches we might not otherwise see, and the women’s matches at the 150 lb 8-Man Challenge will offer two more. We’ll see Jacarra Winchester, the #1 ranked wrestler in the US at 53 kg take on Lauren Louive, #4 at 57 kg as well as Amy Fearnside, #4 at 50 kg vs Tiare Ikei, #7 at 53 kg.
Jacarra Winchester vs Lauren Louive
World champion Jacarra Winchester will compete in her first match since the Pan Am Olympic Games Qualifier where she qualified the US for the Olympic Games at 53 kg. She was a world champion last year at 55 kg but earned the right to represent the US at the Pan Am event by winning a special wrestle-off at the WCWA Championships.