photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
This morning, on FloWrestling’s “Bader Show”, the top-ranked girls high school wrestler in the Class of 2021, Mia Palumbo (Richards, IL), announced her college intentions. Mia will wrestle for Iowa Wesleyan, a DIII school that is providing women’s wrestling for the first time in the 2020-21 season. Iowa Wesleyan is located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and is coached by Shawn Contos.
Palumbo is currently ranked second in the nation at 112 lbs by USA Wrestling and was a double national champion in Fargo during the summer of 2018. Earlier that year, Mia made Illinois state history by becoming the first girl to win a match at the boys high school state tournament. She was also just the third girl to qualify.
Mia stole the show on a pair of standalone cards this year with her physicality and explosiveness. She was a part of the “Rumble on the Rooftop” in her native Illinois and rolled to a 10-0 tech over Shea Reisel. In October, Palumbo was selected to participate in FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 dual meet. A huge four-pointer in the second period helped turn the tides and lifted Palumbo to an 11-6 victory against three-time Fargo winner Sage Mortimer.
At the next level, Mia could wrestle at either 109 or 116.
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