By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | June 24, 2014,
Maya Nelson of Denver and the Denver East High School, received another honor to add to her wrestling career as she was named to the First Team as the announcement of the 14th annual ASICS Girls High School All-American Wrestling Team.
The nation’s best girls high school wrestlers are being honored with the announcement of the 14th annual ASICS Girls High School All-American Wrestling Team.
The 2014 First Team members will be recognized at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., July 18-26, where they will be presented with their trophies. At the same time, the ASICS High School Girls Wrestler of the Year will be announced.
There were seven members of the 2013 First Team who were selected as First Team members again in 2014: Teshya Alo of Kamehameha High School (Hawaii), Marina Doi of Kingsburg High School (Calif.), Alyssa LaFrancis of Poway High School (Calif.), Becka Leathers of Choctaw High School (Okla.), Anastasia Lobsinger of Northgate High School (Calif.), Kayla Miracle of Culver Academy (Ind.) and Alexis Porter of Shenedahowa High School (N.Y.)
Miracle is on the ASICS First Team for the fourth straight year. Doi and LaFrancis are on the team for the third straight year. Alo, Leathers, Lobsinger and Porter are First Teamers for the second time in a row.
The ASICS Girls High School All-American Wrestling Team is selected by a nationwide panel of wrestling experts. It is the only national all-star team for which female high school wrestlers competing on all four grade levels are eligible. Athletes from across the nation were considered for their achievements in high school wrestling, as well as the major post-season freestyle and folkstyle competitions.
ASICS is a national sponsor of USA Wrestling and a major supporter of wrestling at all levels. ASICS has sponsored the nationally respected ASICS High School All-American Team for boys wrestlers for 29 years.
“ASICS America Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the All-American wrestling team for girls,” said Neil Duncan, Vice President of TW Promotions which represents ASICS. “Women’s wrestling is growing at all levels, with more opportunity on the college and Olympic levels. These are our future college national champions and Olympians in women’s wrestling.”
California led the nation with five First Team members, including Marina Doi, Alyssa LaFrancis and Anastasia Lobsinger, plus Regina Doi of Kingsburg High School and Gabrielle Garcia of Valencia High School. No other state had more than one First Team member.
Miracle placed sixth in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at 128 pounds, the top placement of a high school wrestler at the competition. Lobsinger placed seventh at the 2014 U.S. Open at 165 pounds.
Seven First Team members won USA Wrestling ASICS/Vaughan Junior National titles in the summer of 2014, including Alo, Leathers, Marina Doi, Regina Doi, Porter, plus Rachel Hale of Mount Anthony High School (Vermont) and Maya Nelson of Denver East High School (Colo.).
Six First Teamers won the 2014 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle Nationals in Oklahoma: Marina Doi, Regina Doi, Miracle, Leathers plus Jasmine Bailey of Iowa City West High School (Iowa) and Kenya Spenser of Caro High School (Mich.)
Regina Doi won a Cadet World silver medal in the summer of 2013, while Marina Doi and Alo won Cadet World bronze medals.
Four First Teamers were also Cadet National Champions last summer, Alo, Nelson, Garcia and Spenser.
Four First Teamers won the 2014 Body Bar FILA Junior Nationals and will compete at the Junior World Championships this summer: Miracle, Leathers, Marina Doi and Porter. Alo and Garcia won the 2014 Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals, and will compete at the Cadet World Championships this summer.
Rounding out the First Team was Jessika Rottier of North Pulaski High School (Wis.)
The First Team featured seven seniors, four juniors and three sophomores. In total, 10 states were represented on the First Team.
The Second Team was also star-studded, led by Junior Nationals freestyle champions Steffanie Hampton of Leslie High School (Mich.), Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Lakes High School (Wash.), Ryan Gibbons of Centralia High School (Wash.) and Autumn Rux of Lansing Eastern High School (Mich.), plus Cadet Nationals freestyle champions Angelica Llanes of Arvin High School (Calif.) and Taylor Rosario of Cinco Rancho High School (Texas). Junior Folkstyle National champion Maddy Tung of Santa Monica High School (Calif.) and FILA Cadet National Nationals freestyle champion Sariyah Jones of James E. Enoch High School (Calif.) were also Second Team.
The Third Team featured Junior Folkstyle National champions Theresa Rankin of Grass Valley High School (Mich.), Kendall Reusing of La Sierra High School (Calif.), Ronna Heaton of Brookings High School (S.D.), Dominique Parrish of Scotts Valley High School (Calif.) and Rachel Watters of Ballard High School (Iowa). Also on the Third Team was FILA Cadet freestyle champion Katerina Lobsinger of Northgate High School (Calif.)
As the National Federation of State High Schools has yet to determine specific weight classes for girls wrestling, the athletes were selected based solely on achievement and ability. The top 14 athletes were named to the First Team, the second 14 athletes were named to the Second Team and the third 14 athletes were selected to the Third Team. Thirty athletes were named as Honorable Mention. An effort was made to make a reasonable spread of weights on each team. If the National Federation sets specific girls weight classes in the future, the selection committee will consider using those weight classes for the selection criteria at that time.
For the TheMat.com/ASICS Girls High School All-American Wrestling Team, athletes were identified in three weight ranges: Light (100-121 pounds); Middle (122-140 pounds); Upper (141 pounds and above).
In total, 72 wrestlers were selected to TheMat.com/ASICS Girls High School All-American Wrestling Team.
California led all states with 20 selections, followed by Michigan and Texas with seven and Hawaii and Washington with four.
A total of 29 states were represented on the All-American Team. The team included 31 seniors, 27 juniors, 12 sophomores and two freshmen.
Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports among youth sports for women. It has been an Olympic sport for the last three Olympic Games, the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and the 2012 Olympics in London, England. There are an estimated 11,000 girls competing on the high school level in the United States today, and the number has grown each year for the last dozen years. Colleges continue to add women’s wrestling on the varsity and club level across the nation.
2014 TheMat.com/ASICS Girls High School All-American Team
First Team (alphabetically)
Teshya Alo, sophomore, Honolulu, Hawaii, Kamehameha High School, light
Jasmine Bailey, senior, Iowa City, Iowa, Iowa City West High School, light
Marina Doi, senior, Kingsburg, Calif, Kingsburg High School, light
Regina Doi, senior, Kingsburg, Calif., Kingsburg High School, light
Gabrielle Garcia, sophomore, Anaheim, Calif., Valencia High School, light
Rachel Hale, senior, Bennington, Vermont, Mount Anthony High School, light
Alyssa LaFrancis, junior, Poway, Calif., Poway High School, upper
Becka Leathers, junior, Choctaw, Okla., Choctaw High School, middle
Anastasia Lobsinger, senior, Concord, Calif., Northgate High School, upper
Kayla Miracle, senior, Campbellsville, Ky., Culver Academy, light
Maya Nelson, junior, Denver, Colo., Denver East High Schook, middle
Alexis Porter, senior, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Shenendehowa High School, upper
Jessika Rottier, junior, Little Suamico, Wis., North Pulaski High School, middle
Kenya Spencer, sophomore, Caro, Mich., Caro High School, upper