Thirty-two Minnesota wrestlers competed at the 2013 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals Wrestling Tournament as part of Team Minnesota. The event was held on the campus of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK this past weekend. This is up from 23 Minnesota competitors in 2012, 16 in 2011, 8 in 2010 and 4 in 2009. Besides Minnesota having its largest team ever assembled for the event, this year was also the tournament’s largest participation ever, at 509 competitors.
Each of these girls gained invaluable experience by competing at one of the most prestigious Folkstyle tournaments offered at the ‘all girl’ level. Doug Johnson, father of standout Junior wrestler Devyn Johnson, Osakis, MN said “if you are going to seriously be involved in girls wrestling, you’ve got to attend this tournament”. Devyn is a past Girls National Champion and placed 7th at this year’s championships.
Sixteen of the Minnesota wrestlers were experiencing this national tournament for the first time in their career. Five sets of sisters also help make up a portion of team Minnesota. They were Haylie and Paytin Bonham (Hawley, MN), Sammy, Sara and Maryam Jakubowski (Minneapolis, MN), Natalia and Tatiyana Schack (Brooklyn Park, MN), Autumn and Summer Rockstroh (Pine City, MN) and Carley and Destiney Lofton (Jordan, MN).
Twenty-three Minnesota wrestlers earned All-American honors (placing in the top eight of their weight bracket). Five of those girls placed 2nd, earning national runner-up status. Sarah Tison of Maple Grove, MN placed 2nd for the third time in her career at the national tournament.
Minnesota did have one champion on the weekend. Emily Shilson of Maple Grove, MN went 3-0 during the tournament along with a pin in the finals. She earned her 5th consecutive USAW Girls’ Folkstyle National Championship.
Congratulations to all members of Team Minnesota.
USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Championships results. March 29-31, 2013 at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Team Minnesota Tournament Results:
Emily Shilson – 75 lb Girls Div II
Arika Matich – 75 lb Girls Div I
Katie Lange – 70 lb Girls Div II
Natalia Schack – 110 lb Girls Div II
Sarah Tison – 128 lb Schoolgirls
Kaylee Omland – 137 lb Schoolgirl
Sara Jakubowski – 85 lb Girls Div II
Haily Klar – 102 lb Girls Div II
Makayla Welch – 97 lb Schoolgirl
Paytin Bonham – 65 lb Girls Div I
Deanna Francisco – 65 lb Girls Div II
Alexis Mohlin – 102 lb Girls Div II
Kristian Wagner – 102 lb Girls Div II
Maryam Jakubowski – 113 lb Schoolgirl
Destiney Lofton – 45 lb Girls Div I
Autumn Rockstroh – 50 lb Girls Div I
Sammy Jakubowski – 60 lb Girls Div i
Haylie Bonham – 75 lb Girls Div II
Skylar Little Soldier – 55 lb Girls Div I
Tatiyana Schack – 65 lb Girls Div I
Megan Line – 80 lb Girls Div II
Brooke Powell – 113 lb Schoolgirl
Devyn Johnson – 105 lb Junior
Carley Lofton – 55 lb Girls Div I
Summer Rockstroh – 97 lb Schoolgirl
Rebecca Hoppe – 113 lb Schoolgirl
Melissa Jacobs – 128 lb Schoolgirl
Hunter Dawson – 115 lb Cadet
Grace Haagestad – 172 lb Cadet and Junior
Aleighna Haberkorn – 112 lb Junior
Kristina Erickson – 139 lb Junior
Mercedes Waagen – 139 lb Junior
For more information on girls wrestling in Minnesota, please contact Chad Shilson, MN USA Wrestling Girls’/Womens’ Director and Coach – firstname.lastname@example.org