Porter and Westman Capture Freestyle National Titles and Eight Become All-Americans in Junior Greco
Now there are three National Championship plaques heading back to New York.
On Saturday night, Alexis Porter picked up the first National Title for the Empire State in Cadet Women’s Freestyle action at 143 pounds. On Tuesday, Porter made it two-for-two at Fargo, capturing her second crown of the week, this time in Junior competition at 139 pounds with a 1-0, 1-0 victory over Jasmine Mendoza of California.
Joining Porter on top of the podium on Tuesday evening was Mary Westman, the title winner at 159 pounds. The Jamestown College-bound wrestler topped Kiaya Von Soyoc of Washington in the title bout. After dropping the opening period 7-2, Westman responded by dominating the remainder of the match. She stayed on the attack, getting to her opponent’s legs often, to take the last two periods by the scores of 7-2 and 3-1.
Also earning All-America honors were Hanna Grisewood of Warsaw, who was the runner up at 112 pounds after picking up five wins, and Rosemary Flores, who took third at 130 pounds after registering pins in five of her six victories. Yuneris Diaz rounded out the New York medalists, grabbing fifth at 172 pounds.
Eight Become 2012 Junior Greco All-Americans
On the men’s side, eight New Yorkers were crowned All-Americans in Junior Greco Roman. Leading the way was 2012 state runner up Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, who took third at 132 pounds after notching six victories in seven matches.
Joining him on the medal stand were a pair of future Columbia wrestlers, Connor Sutton (fifth at 160) and Chris Loew (seventh at 182). Sutton’s high school teammate at LaSalle Institute, Brendan Goldup, was also fifth (at 152 pounds), while a trio of PSAL standouts also gained All-America status: McZiggy Richards (fourth at 182), Santo Curatolo (sixth at 120) and Josh Antoine (eighth at 113). Kyle Kelly (106) grabbed seventh for the second consecutive year in Greco competition.
The Junior Freestyle tournament begins on Thursday.
Full List of 2012 New York All-Americans – In All Competitions
106 Pounds: Kyle Kelly, 7th Place Greco
113 Pounds: Josh Antoine, 8th Place Greco
120 Pounds: Santo Curatolo, 6th Place Greco
132 Pounds: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, 3rd Place Greco
152 Pounds: Brendan Goldup, 5th Place Greco
160 Pounds: Connor Sutton, 5th Place Greco
182 Pounds: McZiggy Richards, 4th Place Greco
182 Pounds: Chris Loew, 7th Place Greco
94 Pounds: Chris Cuccolo, Cadet Greco 5th
132 Pounds: Jesse Porter, Cadet Greco 4th
132 Pounds: Sam Ward, Cadet Greco 7th
182 Pounds: Benjamin Honis, Cadet Greco 7th
Women – Cadet
143 Pounds: Alexis Porter, Cadet Freestyle Champion
143 Pounds: Kennedie Eddings, Cadet Freestyle 6th
172 Pounds: Yuneris Diaz, Cadet Freestyle 3rd
Women – Junior
112 Pounds: Hanna Grisewood, 2nd Place
130 Pounds: Rosemary Flores, 3rd Place
139 Pounds: Alexis Porter, Champion
159 Pounds: Mary Westman, Champion
172 Pounds: Yuneris Diaz, 5th Place