Wrestlers Start Road to Rio in Trials Qualifier

Pfau Courtesy TeamUSA.org
Pfau Courtesy TeamUSA.org

This past weekend, 42 lady wrestlers took their first successful steps to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Team USA Olympic Trails qualifier were held in Vegas with six weight class tournaments. Wrestlers in the top 7 spots would qualify for the Team USA selection tournament in April. National collegiate champion Cody Pfau of Oklahoma City took the top spot at the 48 kg/105.5 tournament.

National champion Tamyra Mensah (Wayland Baptist University) also took home gold at the event, having defeated 2008 Olympic bronze medalist  Randi Miller in the 69 kg/152 lbs finals. This is the second time Mensah defeated Miller at a national qualifying tournament. Mensah would take home “Outstanding Wrestler” for the event.

2012 Olympic vet Kelsey Campbell took the number 2 spot in her tournament, losing to Teshya Alo in the 58 kg/128 lbs. finals.

InvictaFC MMA star Sharon Jacobson (5th at 53 kg/116.5 lbs) also qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Interviews with the winners are linked below courtesy USA Wrestling

The Team USA Olympic Trails will be held April 9-10, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa.


48 kg/105.5 lbs.

  • 1st – Cody Pfau, Brush, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills, Ill. (New York AC/OTC), 2:23
  • 3rd – Breonnah Neal, Clemons, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Nicole Woody, Odenton, Mich. (Terrapin WC), 3-2
  • 5th – Marina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) inj. dft over Regina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
  • 7th – Candace Workman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Harmonie Roberts, Ukiah, Calif. (Running Eagles), 1:33

53 kg/116.5 lbs.

  • 1st – Michaela Hutchison, Lebanon, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (NYAC/OTC), 3-0
  • 3rd – Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC/OTC) dec. Deanna Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2-0
  • 5th – Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP) inj. dft. over Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC/OTC)
  • 7th – Jessica Medina, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Amy Fearnside, Morgan Hill, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC), 7-1

58 kg/128 lbs.

  • 1st – Teshya Alo, Honolulu, Hawaii (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Kelsey Campbell, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 8-1
  • 3rd – Maya Nelson, Denver, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Randi Beltz, Chesterfield, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC), 8-4
  • 5th – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP) tech. fall Arian Carpio, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
  • 7th – Becka Leathers, Choctaw, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC) tech fall over Savanna Nobile, Richmond, Mo. (Richmond Youth WC), 10-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs.

  • 1st – Amanda Hendey, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Jennifer Page, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), 4:13
  • 3rd – Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids WC) tech fall Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
  • 5th – Alexis Porter, Ballston Lake, N.Y. (NYAC/MWC) pin Hannah Jewell, Grand Blanc, Mich. (King University), 2:08
  • 7th – – Leigh Jaynes-Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army (WCAP) pin Rachael McFarland, Dewitt, Mich. (Titan Mercury WC), 2:01

69 kg/152 lbs.

  • 1st – Tamyra Mensah, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 5-2
  • 3rd – Forrest Molinari, Benicia, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Rachel Watters, Ankeny, Iowa (Gator/OKCU Women’s RTC), 4-4
  • 5th – Veronica Carlson, Rock Hill, S.C. (NYAC) tech. fall Lisa Gonzalez, Rio Grande City, Texas (Lindenwood Women`s WC), 11-0
  • 7th – Brittany David, St. Charles, Mo. (Lindenwood Women`s WC) tech. fall Yvonne Galindo, El Paso, Texas (Gator/OKCU Women’s RTC), 10-0

75 kg/165 lbs.

  • 1st- Jackie Surber, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC), 8-4
  • 3rd – Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (NYAC/OTC) tech fall Niauni Hill, Oakland, Calif. (Lindenwood Women`s WC), 10-0
  • 5th – Brandy Lowe, Paxico, Kan. (Bearcat WC) inj. dft. Katerina Lobsinger, Martinez, Calif. (Combat Sports Academy)
  • 7th – Nahiela Magee, Lancaster, Calif. (Wayland Baptist) pin Christina Schmidt, Marietta, Ga. (Running Eagles), 1:22



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