By Gary Abbott
IRVING, Texas – Four talented athlete repeated as champions at the Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals on Saturday, winning best-of-three championship series in the finals.
Repeating as champions were Sariyah Jones of California at 46 kg, Gabrielle Garcia of California at 52 kg, Teshya Alo of Hawaii at 52 kg and Taylor Rosario of Texas at 78 kg.
In one of the most anticipated finals, Alo, a 2013 Cadet World bronze medalist, had to go three matches to defeat Maya Nelson of Colorado. Both Alo and Nelson were 2013 Junior National champions at different weight classes.
Nelson won the first bout, 9-4, but Alo rebounded with a pin in 2:55 to take bout two. In the deciding third match, Alo scored late in the final period to escape with a hard-fought 6-2 win. Alo was named Outstanding Wrestler for her victory.
Jones, also a 2013 U.S. FILA Cadet World Team member, also needed three matches to take the gold. Jones won the first match on a 3-3 criteria, but fell in bout two by a pin in 45 seconds. In the deciding third match, Jones won the criteria in a 1-1 tie to take the series.
Garcia and Rosario swept their championship series in two bouts. Garcia stopped fellow Californian Angelica Llanes in two technical falls, 10-0 and 11-0. Rosaria scored a pair of pins over fellow Texan Avery Sims in 0:20 and 1:03.
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