This upcoming weekend marks one of the most significant events on the high school calendar, the Super 32. This event has attracted many of the top high school boys in the country since the mid-2000s, after it was launched in 2000. The 2017 tournament marked the first time that a separate girl’s division was added. Since then, high school girls have been allowed to scrap for a chance to wear a coveted Super 32 championship belt. Each year the tournament continues to grow, both, in terms of entries and talent. 2020 is no different. Three past Cadet and U15 World Team members have registered and are expected to do battle on Sunday.
Here is a preview of all of the action that will occur on the girl’s side of the Super 32, along with predictions for the 11 brackets.
Ranked Entrants: #4 Alex Szkotnicki (Riva, MD); #7 (106) Belle Foard (Wyoming Seminary, PA)
Unranked wrestlers to watch: Madison Avila (Madera, CA); Heather Crull (Northeastern, IN); Ava Ward (Centerline, MO); Makayla Young (Bellefontaine, OH)
Our opening weight class is one that has two distinct favorites that stand out above the rest of the group. The girl to beat is 2019 Cadet World Team member Alex Szkotnicki. Alex won this weight class at the Super 32 in 2019 with a tech in the finals. Recently, at the Olympic Club Duals, Szkotnicki earned a 10-0 win over the other ranked entrant in this weight, Belle Foard. Aside from the Szotnicki match, Foard went unbeaten in both styles at the Duals. Belle wrestled opposite Sterling Dias in the 2019 Cadet WTT’s finals at 40 kg. She was also a National Prep runner-up for Wyoming Seminary at 105 lbs earlier this year. After the big two, there are plenty of competitors that could end up making a name for themselves. Many are in eighth or even seventh grade. One exception is junior Makayla Young. Makayla was seventh last year in 16U freestyle in Fargo and eighth at the Cadet WTT’s. Another talented junior is Madison Avila. Young defeated Avila in the seventh-place match in Fargo and it came one round after Madison downed Foard. Two more competitors to watch are eighth-graders Ava Ward and Heather Crull. Both were placewinners at the U15 WTT’s in 2019. Ward was fourth at the 36 kg weight class, while Crull was fifth. The two met in the consolations and Ward was victorious, 10-2.
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