photo courtesy of John Sachs; Tech-Fall.com
Friday, the top senior in the girl’s high school Class of 2020, Tristan Kelly (Douglas County, CO), made her college decision. Tristan will stay in-state to wrestle for Colorado Mesa University. In her high school career, Tristan has placed five times in Fargo, including 2018, when she swept the Cadet and Junior Championships, both at 164 lbs. Last year, she was a Junior runner-up to Kennedy Blades. Also, in 2018 Kelly made the Cadet World Team at 73 kg. She made the Cadet World Team Trials finals in 2019, but fell again to Blades.
A knee injury kept Tristan from competing at the high school level in 2018-19, but this season she returning and captured her first Colorado state title. She was one of two state champions for Douglas County and helped lead her school to a second-place finish at the state meet.
Before Fargo last year, Kelly was also able to compete in the Junior Duals and she was quite dominant. In seven matches, she outdistanced her competition by the score of 66-6, which doesn’t include a first-period fall, too. Tristan participated in the 2018 Super 32 girls tournament in 2018 and blew through the competition with two techs and a fall.
Colorado Mesa is the only women’s collegiate wrestling program in the state of Colorado and just finished its second year of competition. In year one, Travis Mercado’s team was able to crown one All-American (Sierra Brown Ton) at the WCWA Championships. This season, the Mavericks finished fourth at the inaugural Cliff Keen WCWC Women’s National Championships. Seven Colorado Mesa women earned All-American honors, lead by freshman Dalia Garibay who was second at 136 lbs. TOM’s 2019 Women’s Collegiate Recruiting rankings tabbed Colorado’s Mesa’s class, led by Garibay as #7 in the nation. The group that Mercado has assembled in 2020 could surpass that ranking. Kelly represents the sixth top-100 recruit that has signed with the Mavericks in 2020.
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