Saturday the action will get underway from the Fargodome with the Cadet girls leading the way. This tournament continues to grow in number and talent each year. There are five girls entered at the Cadet tournament that have already earned a spot on the Cadet World Team later this month. Four others have competed at the 2019 U15 World Championships, while another has made both teams. Five of the 2018 Cadet National champions will be seeking their second stop sign, two of which are projected to be in the same weight class. Here is the preview and predictions for all 14 weight classes at the Cadet tournament.
The Fargodome is about to get their first taste of incoming freshman, Alex Szkotnicki (Maryland). In the spring, Szkotnicki made world teams at both the U15 and Cadet level. She has already gone to Budapest, Hungary and earned a gold medal at the U15 World Championships, pinning and teching her way to a title. Expect the same level of dominance from her here. The field is pretty wide open as to who could face Alex in a potential final. New Jersey state champion Sydney Petzinger is a returning eighth-place finisher at the weight class. Heaven Fitch (North Carolina) was eighth also in 2018, albeit up at 100 lbs. Fitch was third this year at Folkstyle Nationals, also up at 100 pounds. Another potential finalist is state runner-up Isabella Morales (Washington). Isabella was fifth in the Cadet World Team Trials weight class won by Szkotnicki and recently had a strong showing at Junior Duals, losing only one match while competing at 100 lbs. Eva Diaz (Florida) is another entrant that had impressed at the Duals. She was 1-3 against some competition up at 106 lbs.
We’ll also see Avery Kibelbek (Tennessee) who was fifth at Folkstyle Nationals and earned a pair of victories at National Duals. Texas always produces strong lightweights and their best shot at an All-American at this weight is state qualifier, Julia Nowack. Finally, we have a sixth-place finisher in Minnesota’s state tournament, Sianna Mader, who was also fifth at the Northern Plains Regional.
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