Bowman wins Women’s Cadet Nationals; four other California grapplers placed second

IRVING, Texas – Cheyenne Bowman (52 kg) was the lone winner for the golden state as four other Californians placed second at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Overall Team California totaled ten medalists at Women’s Nationals.

In the finals Bowman, a 2018 CIF state champion, took on Kaylee Moore (Team Washington), a fifth-place medalist at last year’s tournament and one of the favorites. Bowman was flawless against Moore as she defeated Moore in two matches to none 12-0 and 13-4. Bowman was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the Cadet division as she outlasted the competition 56 to 6.

At 40 kg, Melissa Lee competed in a round-robin bracket and finished in second placed after losing to Sterling Dias of Nevada (6-2). Prior to facing Dias, Lee was undefeated and had scored 24 points against the rest of the competition.

Aine Drury (65 kg), a 2018 CIF state champion, did quite well for herself in her first significant freestyle event by placing second in her bracket against 2017 Women`s Nationals fourth place medalist Kiana Pugh (Team Wisconsin). Despite losing 8-5 and by a fall, Drury displayed excellent mat awareness and has now positioned herself as one of the top wrestlers in this weight class.

In a major upset at 73 kg, 2017 Women’s Nationals place winners Tristan Kelly (Colorado) defeated two-time Schoolgirl Women’s Nationals champion Katja Osteen two matches to three. Kelly pinned Osteen in 2:15 in the first match and in 1:03 in the third match. Osteen won the second bout with a 5-2 decision.

At 78 kg, Jasmin Clarke advanced to the finals of her weight class but was pinned by Elisa Robinson (Team Kansas) in 1:51. The Cadet World Championships are set for July 2-8 in Zagreb, Croatia.