Martinez, Hedrick, Fiske, and Guilford become Junior World Team members

Dymond Guilford

IRVING, Texas – The always rugged Women’s Nationals tournament at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas, is an event where Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) coaches attend to find the next wrestling Goddess Helen Maroulis or Adeline Gray.

Team California assembled a great squad that saw four golden state natives acquire titles at the Women’s Junior World tournament on Saturday morning and represent the United States in Trnava, Slovakia.

Making her first Junior World team was Alleida Martinez (50 kg). The two-time Cadet World medalist will represent the U.S. after defeating 2018 Junior Folkstyle National champion Felicity Taylor (Team Iowa) two matches to one.

Martinez was successful in winning the first match 3-1. However, Taylor was able to capture the second match 3-3 on criteria to force the third and final bout. The final match was all Martinez as she defeated Taylor 5-2 to claim the title.

2018 U.S. Open champion Alexandra Hedrick (57 kg) met with a familiar foe in Michaela Beck (Team New York), the same wrestler Hedrick defeated in Las Vegas, Nevada, two weeks ago. Their match wasn’t as close as their previous meeting as Hedrick won in two sets by obtaining a fall in 4:27 and a 6-1 decision.

At 72 kg, Alyvia Fiske tamed WCWA qualifier Andrea Sennett (Team Illinois) two matches to none. In their first match, Fiske pinned Sennett in 1:36 and then obtained the 10-0 win in her second match. Fiske was fourth at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

The final champion for California was Dymond Guilford, formerly of Eastside High in Lancaster. Guilford defeated U.S. Open third place finisher Mariah Harris (Team Kentucky) 12-10 and 6-0.

Other California wrestlers earning All-American honors at Women’s Nationals included Kierstien Bush (53 kg) third, Rory Coscia (53 kg) fifth, Laura Mason (55 kg) fourth, Jenna Garcia (59 kg) seventh, Gabrielle Garcia (63 kg) seventh, Aine Drury (65 kg) sixth, and Jurnee Frazier (76 kg) sixth.