Pennsylvania’s top women’s wrestlers travelled to Irving, Texas to compete in the prestigious 2016 Body Bar Nationals. Overall five different age divisions were competed and a total of 12 Pennsylvania Wrestlers made the trip south. Photo of Caitlyn and Amanda Walker by Bill Rudick for PA Power Wrestling.

In Division I, consisting of wrestlers born between the years 2007-2009, one Keystone State grappler competed with Mackenne Atkinson (Souderton) taking third despite going (0-2) in the 65 lbs. – 70 lbs. bracket.

All three Pennsylvania wrestlers in the Schoolgirl Division left Texas with hardware including Schoolgirl National Champion Tiffani McNelis (Kennard Dale) who captured the 120 lbs. Championship. The win by McNelis qualifies her for a spot on the U.S. Schoolgirl National team. The Kennard Dale seventh grader dominated in her four bouts picking up three (10-0) tech-falls and a win by fall. At 89 lbs. Montana Delawder (Gettysburg) went (2-1) to finish in third place while Carly Gross (West York) finished (2-2) at 105 lbs. to finish in fourth place.

In the Cadet Division Pennsylvania qualified a spot on the United States Cadet World Team as Caitlyn Walker (Upper Moreland) won the 38 KG weight-class uncontested. Walker was the lone competitor at 38 KG and will represent Team USA in Tbilisi, Georgia come September 2016. At 46 KG Pennsylvania star Vayle-rae Baker (Benton Area) went (4-2) to finish in fourth place falling to Cadet World Silver Medalist Alleida Martinez (California) in the semifinals (9-2). Fellow Pennsylvania star Amanda Walker (Upper Moreland) fell just short of joining her sister on the Cadet World Team. Competing at 49 KG Amanda went (7-1) only falling once to eventual Champion Macy Kitty (Wisconsin) by a score of (1-0). The high school sophomore stormed back winning six straight matches to claim third place.

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Interboro junior Kyleigh D’Agostino fell one win shy of All-American status going (3-2) at 52 KG. The fourth Cadet All-American from Pennsylvania came at 65 KG when Thomas Jefferson junior Mackenzie Matta finished in sixth place going (3-3) on the day. Not only did Mackenzie leave Texas with USAW hardware but also a nice shiner on her right eye.

Two additional Pennsylvania wrestlers competed on Sunday in the Junior Division. Simon Fraser wrestler Francesca Giorgio (Wilson West Lawn High School), a Women’s College All-American, advanced into the Championship finals at 63 KG. In the best-of-three Championship finals Giorgio dropped two straight matches t0 Maya Nelson (Colorado) to finish as the Runner-up

Full results can be found at TrackWrestling and below is a look at all of Team Pennsylvania’s results.

 

DIV I 65-70 Mackenna Atkinson (Souderton) – Third Place

Round 1 – Taina Fernandez (Maine Trappers) won by tech fall over Mackenna Atkinson (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 10-0)

Round 2 – Kesia Veler (Coppell High School Wrestling) won by decision over Mackenna Atkinson (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 5-2)

 

Schoolgirl 89 – Montana Delawder (Gettysburg) – Third Place

Quarterfinal – Samara Chavez (Maverick Elite) won by fall over Montana Delawder (Team Pennsylvania) (Fall 3:08)

Cons. Semi – Montana Delawder (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Sofia Macaluso (Venom Girls Wrestling Club) (TF 10-0)

3rd Place Match – Montana Delawder (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Dianna Holmes (Team Georgia) (TF 12-1)

 

Schoolgirl 105 – Carly Gross (West York) – Fourth Place

Quarterfinal – Carly Gross (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Emalie Olson (Kearney Wrestling) (Fall 2:48)

Semifinal – Zoe Gress (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Carly Gross (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Semi – Carly Gross (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Mylei Seigla (Warrior Wrestling Club – Tucso) (Fall 1:14)

3rd Place Match – Gwendolyn Golueke (Wisconsin) won by tech fall over Carly Gross (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 14-4)

 

Schoolgirl 120 – Tiffani McNelis (Kennard Dale) – Champion

Round 2 – Tiffani McNelis (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Erin Gray (Maine Trappers) (TF 10-0)

Round 3 – Tiffani McNelis (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Mia Macaluso (Venom Girls Wrestling Club) (Fall 3:15)

Round 4 – Tiffani McNelis (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Cecilia Adams (Prosper Elite) (TF 10-0)

Round 5 – Tiffani McNelis (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Jesse Veler (Coppell High School Wrestling) (TF 10-0)

 

Cadet 38 KG – Caitlyn Walker (Upper Moreland) – Champion

1st Place Match – Caitlyn Walker (Team Pennsylvania) Wins Uncontested

 

Cadet 43 KG – Mia Butler (Camp Hill) – 0-2

Quarterfinal – Autumn Hohn (Wisconsin) won by fall over Mia Butler (Team Pennsylvania) (Fall 3:05)

Cons. Round 2 – Nichole Moore (Kansas Krusaders) won by tech fall over Mia Butler (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 11-1)

 

Cadet 46 KG – Kayla Kehr (Spring Grove) – 0-2

Champ. Round 1 – Mckayla Campbell (Ohio National Team) won by tech fall over Kayla Kehr (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 12-1)

Cons. Round 2 – Nina Pham (AWA) won by decision over Kayla Kehr (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 12-10)

 

Cadet 46 KG – Vayle Baker (Benton Area) – Fourth Place

Champ. Round 1 – Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Destiny Dominguez (Team Tejanas) (TF 10-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Nina Pham (AWA) (TF 14-3)

Quarterfinal – Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Macie Stewart (Thurston High School Wrestling) (TF 12-2)

Semifinal – Alleida Martinez (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) won by decision over Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 9-2)

Cons. Semi – Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Angel Rios (Colorado Elite) (Dec 8-0)

3rd Place Match – Mckayla Campbell (Ohio National Team) won by decision over Vayle Baker (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 9-5)

 

Cadet 49 KG – Amanda Walker (Upper Moreland) – Third Place

Champ. Round 2 – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Triniti Smith (Azle) (Dec 1-0)

Champ. Round 3 – Mace Kilty (Wisconsin) won by decision over Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Round 4 – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Hailey Horton (Team Georgia Girls Wrestling) (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Round 5 – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Pearl Fletcher (Team New York-BTS) (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Round 6 – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Trinity Oredina (No mercy school of wrestling) (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Round 7 – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Viktorya Torres (Victory Wrestling-Central WA) (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Semi – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Kasey Baynon (Team Georgia Girls Wrestling) (Fall 0:36)

3rd Place Match – Amanda Walker (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Carly Valleroy (Vtrain) (TF 10-0)

 

Cadet 52 KG – Kyleigh D’Agostino (Interboro) – 3-2

Champ. Round 1 – Brenda Santos won by decision over Kyleigh Dagostino (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 7-0)

Cons. Round 1 – Kyleigh Dagostino (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Kiera Connelly (Stance Wrestling) (TF 12-1)

Cons. Round 2 – Kyleigh Dagostino (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Hannah Workman (Maine Trappers) (Fall 1:31)

Cons. Round 3 – Kyleigh Dagostino (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Alexandria Lividini (Michigan Women`s Wrestling) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 4 – Marissa Gallegos (SOT Academy) won by tech fall over Kyleigh Dagostino (Team Pennsylvania) (TF 12-1)

 

Cadet 65 KG – Mackenzie Matta (Thomas Jefferson) – Sixth Place

Champ. Round 1 – Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) won by tech fall over Karen Teutle (Desert Pines High School Wrest) (TF 11-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) won by decision over Marcella Valenzuela (Los Banos Tigers Wrestling) (Dec 3-0)

Quarterfinal – Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) won by fall over Mahealani Lewis (808 RAMS-DS ELITE) (Fall 3:06)

Semifinal – Ashlynn Ortega (pueblo west wrestling club) won by decision over Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 8-0)

Cons. Semi – Taylor Cutler (Michigan Women`s Wrestling) won by decision over Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) (Dec 12-10)

5th Place Match – Mahealani Lewis (808 RAMS-DS ELITE) won by fall over Mackenzie Matta (Team Pennsylvania) (Fall 2:22)

 

Junior 55 KG – Kyleigh D’Agostino (Interboro) – 1-2

Champ. Round 1 – Kyleigh Dagostino (Pennsylvania/contender elite) won by tech fall over Vanessa Contreras (Cheeseform) (TF 10-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Arian Carpio (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Kyleigh Dagostino (Pennsylvania/contender elite) (TF 14-4)

Cons. Round 2 – Jocelyn Murphy (Illinois) won by decision over Kyleigh Dagostino (Pennsylvania/contender elite) (Dec 16-7)

 

Junior 63 KG – Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser / Wilson West Lawn) – Second Place

Champ. Round 2 – Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) won by tech fall over Ellie Keen (Wisconsin) (TF 19-8)

Quarterfinal – Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) won by fall over Ismileyna Valles (University of the Cumberlands) (Fall 3:29)

Semifinal – Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) won by tech fall over Steffanie Hampton (Campbellsville) (TF 12-2)

Finals Round 1 – Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by decision over Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) (Dec 8-1)

Finals Round 2 – Maya Nelson (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by decision over Francesca Giorgio (Simon Fraser) (Dec 3-2)