Girls wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation at the scholastic and collegiate levels. Just search “girls wrestling” online and you will find dozens of articles on the ongoing boom in the sport.
There has never been a better time for girls in our state to get involved. In fall of 2018, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) formally sanctioned an official state championship, making New Jersey the 13th state to have high school wrestling for girls. At the grade school levels, we are seeing more and more girls participate in their local recreational leagues, and there are many dedicated girls events and clinics for beginners and more advanced wrestlers alike. In 2022, for the first time ever USAW-NJ will be wrestling 55 weight classes spread across 5 age groups (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) in the Scholastic / Folkstyle State Championships on March 12, 2022, at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton. Follow the link below for more details, to view / download the event flyer, and to register for the event.
Photo by Ronnie Petzinger
Francesca Gusfa celebrating 2022 Pan-Am gold
16U Carina Giangeruso wins 2022 Fargo National Title
RIONEGRO, Colombia – New Jersey native Francesca Gusfa won gold for Team USA at the U15 Pan American Championships in Rionegro, Colombia. She was but one of USA’s women’s freestyle wrestlers who combined to earn 11 medals, including nine golds, one silver and one bronze on Saturday.
USA won the team title with 215 points, followed by Mexico for second place with 149 points and Colombia for third place with 111 points.
“Today was a great day for our USA women’s freestyle team,” Coach Brazel Marquez said. “These ladies worked hard leading up to today. Their weight management was phenomenal, their training looked great and their attitudes were awesome! It was so great seeing so many smiles and hearing the National Anthem play nine times! This is just the start for these young women.”
U.S. women’s freestyle results
33 kg: Brynn Engel (Genoa City, Wis.) – GOLD
36 kg: Brynn Engel (Genoa City, Wis.) – SILVER
36 kg: Francesca Gusfa (Ridgewood, N.J.) – GOLD
39 kg: Jaclyn Bouzakis (Shavertown, Pa.) – GOLD
42 kg: Morgan Turner (Lockport, Ill.) – GOLD
46 kg: Ysabelle Ocampo (New Haven, Ind.) – GOLD
50 kg: Jayden Keller (Saint Catharine, Mo.) – BRONZE
54 kg: Isabella Marie Gonzales (Fresno, Calif.) – GOLD
58 kg: Taina Fernandez (Bowie, Md.) – GOLD
62 kg: Isis France (Glendale, Ariz.) – GOLD
66 kg: Skylar Slade (Altoona, Iowa) – GOLD