Several Missouri girls participated at the US Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle Nationals this weekend.
This event showcases the quickly growing sport of girls folkstyle on a national stage. Last year wrestlers from 40 states participated in the Girls Folkstyle Nationals.
Nonnie Justice (Glory Wrestling Club) and Talia Lee (STL Valkyrie) came home as national champs.
Nonnie started off her day with a pin at 1:32. In the semifinals, Nonnie faced off against Sidney Sullens from Georgia. Sidney entered Folkstyle nationals with a 2017 Girls state championship title in Georgia. Nonnie wrestled smart and came away with a 1-0 decision to make it to the finals.
In the finals, Nonnie made quick work of Minnesota’s Arika Matich with a 2:17 pin. Arika was the 2016 USAW Girls Folkstyle National champion.
Talia started off her first round with a 7-1 loss to Paytin Bonham from Minnesota. Paytin is no stranger to Folkstyle nationals, placing in the top 4 four times since 2012.
Talia bounced back in rounds 2 and 3 with a pin in 1:48 in the second round and a super fast pin in the third round at :12.
Missouri also had Ali Howk, Jazzmine Seely , Belle Harrell, Autumn Flannigan, Anna Valleroy, and Chloe Herrick become all Americans, placing in the top 8.
Rachel Mitchell, Emily Olsen, Justice Seely, and Carly Valleroy also competed but did not medal.
Out of the 15 girls from Missouri that competed, 11 became all Americans in a tournament of close to 1000 girls, two champions. This is awesome!