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VAWA Brings Home 8 Medals from Fargo

By Virginia Wrestling Association, 09/04/17, 12:15PM EDT


The Virginia Wrestling Association earned a total of eight medals at the 2017 USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND in July. The Women's Junior freestyle team led the way, grabbing four medals, including finalist Jesse Kirby (180 lbs.). They were followed by the Women's Cadet freestyle team with two medals and one each from the Cadet and Junior Greco Roman teams. Taja Showers and Ashley Whetzal were Virginia's double All-American, with Showers finishing third in Cadet Women's freestyle and fifth in the Junior Women's freestyle tournaments, and Whetzal placing fifth in Cadet Women's freestyle and eighth in Junior Women's freestyle at 122 lbs.

Kirby, a two-time Cadet National Champion, went 4-1 en route to her runner-up finish at Junior 180 lbs. Sierra Powell finished 5th at Junior 117 lbs. The Greco team was led by Jackson Turley and Thomas Mukai. Turley finished 6th at 170 lbs. in the Junior division, while Mukai too 4th at 220 lbs. in the Cadet division. Turley lost his very first match in Greco, but won eight in a row to reach the consolation semi-finals, which included a win over Jeremiah Kent (Missouri), the wrestler whom defeated Turley in round one.