Los Angeles, CA – We are only two weeks away from one of the premier wrestling events to take place in Southern California – the USA Folkstyle Showcase. The tournament will feature various clubs from Southern California and throughout the state, bringing their studs to compete versus each other for the right to take home a belt. The following is a list of ten grapplers that we could eventually see in the finals of the respected divisions.
KATJA OSTEEN (Somar Wrestling)
Only a freshman at Chaminade Preparatory, Osteen has been a terror on the mats even before competing at the high school level. During May, Osteen dominated the competition at the Women’s National Championships by pinning three foes she met to claim the Schoolgirl Division at 175-pounds. Osteen recently placed fourth at the Freakshow tournament while competing in the Elite Division. When it comes to competing in local events, she is a multiple time CA USAW state champion.
ANGELINA GOMEZ (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
The senior out of Northview High is on her way to claiming her third state championship next February. She won her first title as a sophomore while competing for Lee High. Last year, she was the lone state championship for the Northview wrestling squad as she finished the season undefeated. Aside from being a two-time state champion, Gomez is a multiple time All-American at Fargo and Women’s Nationals.
SOFICA MARTINEZ (Ayala Smash)
Martinez is one of the best grapplers in the San Bernardino County and the golden state. She was a 2017 state qualifier where she was a match shy of gathering All-State honors. Martinez is well known on the national stage as she garnered All-American honors at Fargo, Women’s Nationals, and US Marine Corps Girls Folk Nationals. She is an excellent wrestler with outstanding hips that makes it almost impossible for the opposition to score on her.
EMMA REUSING (Titan Mercury)
A veteran of the Jiu-Jitsu disciple, Reusing has transitioned her skills on the mat with excellent results. Last year, she was fourth at the Southern Section state qualifier tournament and guided her way to the state finals where she finished in second place. During the off-season, she gathered All-American honors at the US Marine Corps Girls Folk Nationals and was third at the Freak Show tournament in a bracket that included a CIF state champion.
CHEYENNE BOWMAN (Pounders)
Bowman could be considered the pound-for-pound best freshman in the country. Her wrestling style is so smooth that it awes the wrestling fans in attendance. During March, she won her first USMC Girls Folkstyle Cadet Nationals as she defeated 2016 Cadet World freestyle bronze medalist Alara Boyd of Indiana, 7-2 in the 138-weight class. Bowman concluded the tournament with a 5-0 record with three falls and a major decision.
ANATLI SMALLEY (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
The two-time CIF state qualifier had great success last season that saw her winning the Southern Section qualifier tournament, and then, capturing the first women’s state championship for Upland high at 143-pounds. Smalley was too much for the competition as she pinner all four foes she met. Smalley went on to compete at Fargo where she placed fourth and gathered All-American honors. She also competed at the Freak Show tournament where she won the 160-pound weight class in the Elite division.
ANAYA FALCON (Pounders)
Another great wrestler for the Pounder that should have a high tournament in January is Anaya Falcon. Falcon competed at the Freak Show tournament where she won both the Girl’s Elementary and Middle School Divisions to finish with an overall record of 6-0 at 81 and 74-pounds. Falcon could be walking out of the USA Folkstyle Showcase with a belt and another great tournament to add to her extensive resume.
CHARLOTTE KOUYOUMTJIAN (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
Sensational freshman Charlotte Kouyoumtjian could become the next big thing in the central valley with her exceptional skills and mat awareness. She was already well known before enrolling at Monache High. Some of her accolades include being a two-time Flo Reno Worlds third-place finisher, California Girl’s Middle School state champion, U.S. Marine Girls Folkstyle All-American, and finishing second at the Freak Show Elite Division.
KATIE GOMEZ (Los Angeles Wrestling Club)
Middle School wrestler Katie Gomez of LAWC comes from a great family of wrestlers as her older brother (Carlos) is a two-time CIF state qualifier. She is having a fantastic year that has seen her gathered All-American honors at USMC Girls Folkstyle Cadet Nationals, win the California World Challenge, and obtaining her third overall Freak Show medal this season, as she finished fourth in the Girls Elite Division and runner-up at the Middle School Division.
McKENNA HUTCHISON (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
Three-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist McKenna Hutchison is a grappler to keep an eye on during the tournament. She has become the face of Upland wrestling with her dedication to the sport of wrestling. She is well known around the state and the country as she has placed at such events as Fargo, U.S. Marine Folkstyle Nationals, and the Freak Show. In fact, this past October she finished second in the Elite Division.