National Girls High School Rankings

Pound-For-Pound and Top 25 Rankings

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling has published its eighth national rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2020-21 season.

This ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

This will be the final ranking for the 2020-21 academic year, and is being posted prior to the biggest of the annual high school girls national competitions, the USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 16-23. Numerous of the nationally-ranked wrestlers are already signed up for Fargo, with many, many more expected to be registered in the next two weeks.

A number of national events that impacted the rankings were held in June, led by the USA Wrestling Junior National Duals. In addition, a few of the last state high school girls championships were also hosted during the month.

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Former Martin County West Maverick chasing Olympic dream

SHERBURN, Minn. (KEYC) — After winning a Pan-American Wrestling Championship earlier this month, Sherburn native says Katie Lange isn’t done.

She plans to wrestle at Augsburg University this year and hopes to one day compete in the Olympics.

“I started when I was three or four. I went to one of my brother’s practices, and I just saw people on the mat fighting and thought that’s what I want to do, that’s my sport,” said Lange.

Fast-forward to 2021 and after years of success on the mat, the former Martin County West Maverick is one of the most dominant wrestlers in the United States and proved it in Mexico by winning the 65-kilogram Pan-Am title. Watch/continue reading at →

California wins Junior Women’s Duals; Illinois takes second

Minnesota goes 3-2 placing 9th overall

This year, the Gold/Silver pool at the Junior Women’s National Duals was a six-team round robin, which meant each team would wrestle each other with a total of five dual meets for each team. As the competition continued, it became apparent that the team champions would probably be determined when Pool A champion California met Pool C champion Illinois Junior Women in Round four.

On paper, the big showdown between returning Junior Women’s Duals national champion Illinois and perennial power California looked to be a toss-up. Illinois had nine nationally ranked wrestlers on the roster, with California bringing eight, and both teams looked strong in their first three Gold/Silver Pool dual meet wins.

The dual meet opened as if it was going to be a huge blow-out win for California, which won the first five matches, four by bonus points, to lead 21-1. California opened with a pair of pins from Maliya Castillo (180) and America Lopez (200). Lopez, ranked No. 17, pinned No. 12 Gainey in 4:48/ California added technical fall wins from No. 4 ranked Sam Calkins at 225 and No. 12 ranked Madison Avila to continue the great start. Continue reading at →