Virginia’s Top Wrestlers Travel to the Girls’ Folkstyle National Championships

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The Virginia Women’s National team departs this week for the USAW Girls’ Folkstyle National Championships. After a weekend full of wrestling and conditioning practices, these girls are more than ready for national competition in Oklahoma City. The event, held at Oklahoma City University March 29th-31st, boasts the nation’s top talent in Schoolgirl, Cadet, Junior, and Girl’s age group folkstyle wrestling divisions.

Last year, Team Virginia was unrepresented at the folkstyle nationals. In less than half a year, the Virginia Women’s Wrestling organization was developed and has worked to bring female wrestlers together and pointed in the right direction. Traveling halfway across the United States this week to take on the nation are the following outstanding females:

 

Lexus Nall  Alexus Nalls, 9th

 Cadet 108lbs, Junior 105lbs

As the War of the Roses East Coast Champion in 2014, Alexus has been battling the boys        throughout her high school season and pocketing success along the way. Currently   registered in both the cadet and junior weight class with the highest number of entries,  Alexus is ready for a tough battle for multiple national titles.

 

 

 

 

 

McKenzie Walker

McKenzie Walker, 8th

Schoolgirl 128lbs

As a standout 8th grader, McKenzie is quickly developing technician who holds her own      in the practice room against all ages. Her wrestling journey began at the age of 7 and has led her to numerous titles and place winnings against boys at the local level. She is a War of the Roses King of Queens Champion as well as a War of the Roses East Coast Champion in 2014. Undefeated against females this year, McKenzie is looking for a national championship title next weekend.

 

 

 

Pristinavae Manning

 Pristinavae “Nina” Manning, 12th 

Junior 130lbs

Nina is a transplant to Virginia who began her wrestling career in Washington state where girls’ wrestling has more recognition and structure. She won the War of the Roses East Coast Championships in 2014 and trains regularly with the Virginia Women’s Wrestling team. A senior, Nina is a natural academic who is fighting her way into Princeton, Yale, and MIT with her outstanding grades and extra curricular activities. At the national championships, Nina is ready to battle to the top of the bracket.

 

Raquel Davenport

 Raquel “Rocky” Davenport, 11th

Junior 112lbs

Rocky is a junior at Kettle Run High School who competes on the boy’s varsity team. She started wrestling 4 years ago while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. Placing 2nd at the War of the Roses East Coast Championships in a competitive weight class, Rocky is ready for her first national girls’ competition. Her work ethic and enthusiasm will make her extremely competitive in one of the biggest weight classes.

 

 

 

Alyssa GreenleafAlyssa Greenleaf, 12th

Senior 117lbs

Alyssa is the most seasoned wrestler for team Virginia. Starting her wrestling career in Hawaii where girls’ wrestling is a varsity sport, she took her competitive game to Michigan before landing in Virginia for her senior year. Alyssa has competed at numerous national girls’ competitions each year and has an advantage over her team mates where experience is required. She placed 1st at the War of the Roses King of Queens and 2nd at the War of the Roses East Coast Championships. Already signed with the University of the Cumberlands Women’s Wrestling, Alyssa is ready for her chance to shine on the national stage.

Jasmine Eller

Jasmine Weaver, 8th

Schoolgirl, 81lbs

An all around athlete, Jasmine has made an impact in just two competitions with Virginia Women’s Wrestling. She won the War of the Roses East Coast Championships and placed 2nd at the War of the Roses King of Queens. At her first national competition, Jasmine is looking forward to adding a national championships to her wrestling resume.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca ForsythRebecca Forsyth, 11th

Junior 97lbs

Rebecca is one of Virginia’s top wrestlers. As the only female who represented Virginia at both the Body Bar National Championship and Fargo Nationals, she leads Team Virginia with her experience at the national level as the only Virginia all American female. Undefeated at the Virginia Girls’ State Championships (USGWA) in previous years and the War of the Roses King of Queens Champion, Rebecca is ready for a folkstyle national championships.

 

 

 

Lenee Figliola

 

Lenee Figliola, 12th

Junior 125lbs

Lenee is one of three seniors representing Team Virginia. She won the War of the Roses King of Queens at the largest weight class, proving her competitiveness and exceptional work ethic. Looking forward to wrestling at her first national championships, Lenee is a force that can threaten last years’ champions.

 

 

Maeda Feliciano, 9th

Cadet 143lbs, Junior 148lbs

Maeda is an outstanding wrestler who is only half way through her freshman wrestling season. WIth a Judo background and multiple female wrestling titles throughout middle school, Maeda is undefeated against females. She competes on her boy’s high school wrestling team and trains with the Virginia Womens’ National Team on the weekends. Heading to her first girls’ high school national championships, Maeda has the chance to pocket two national titles.

Autumn Murley, 9th

Cadet 154lbs, Junior 159lbs

As the War of the Roses East Coast Champion and the War of the Roses King of Queens Champion, Autumn is a finding success very quickly at the high school level against girls. She is a member of the Salem High School boy’s wrestling team in Virginia Beach. At every practice, injury or not, Autumn displays the traits of a champion headed to her first national championships to compete for both the cadet and junior titles.

Jesse Kirby, 8th

Schoolgirl 155lbs

Jesse is an outstanding example of an athlete. A multi-sport student, she trains hard with the Virginia Women’s Wrestling team by traveling hours from home every weekend to practices. Jesse placed 2nd at both War of the Roses events in the high school division as an 8th grader. These high school competitions have prepared her to enter the national championships next weekend and bring home a schoolgirl national title.

Lenee Figliola, 12th

Junior 125lbs

Lenee is one of three seniors representing Team Virginia. She won the War of the Roses King of Queens at the largest weight class, proving her competitiveness and exceptional work ethic. Looking forward to wrestling at her first national championships, Lenee is a force that can threaten last years’ champions.

Rheanna Howell, 10th

Junior 112lbs

 Rheanna is a wildcard at this national championships. She has the experience of wrestling the last two years out of Newport News and competed at the War of the Roses East Coast Championships, placing 4th at a competitive weight class. Ready to face the top girls’ in the nation, Rheanna is training to make her presence known when we arrive in Oklahoma City.

Brianna Csontos, 9th

Schoolgirl 120lbs, Junior 117lbs

As a young freshmen, Brianna brings a high school wrestling experience to her schoolgirl national competition next weekend. She travels weekends to train with the best females in Virginia and continues to juggle multiple sports and activities during the week. A hard worker who holds nothing back in her matches, not one can overlook Brianna in the Junior division at her first high school national championships.

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