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Ladies First - Northeast Regional Championships Results

The Phil Portuese Northeast Regional Championships took place this weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is one of the qualifiers for Fargo later this summer and arguably one of the most difficult tournaments on the east coast over the course of the year.

Archbishop Spalding’s Taina Fernandez put four more championships on her resume by taking the Freestyle and Greco-Roman gold medals in both the 16U and Junior Divisions. Fernandez is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 135lbs by American Women’s Wrestling in their recent May update.

Fernandez won by pin or technical superiority in all of her matches. In the Junior FS finals at 135lbs, Fernandez posted a 10-0 tech of Pennsylvania’s Joelle Scott, and she teched her other three opponents in that bracket. The Junior 135lb GR crown came in a round robin format with a pin of Alahna Morris (Pennsylvania) and an 8-0 technical superiority outcome over New Jersey’s Isabelle Konopka.

A 10-0 tech of New Jersey’s Lamiah Berry delivered the 16U FS gold at 136lbs. The 16U GR 142lb gold was captured in a best of three showdown with Pennsylvania’s Dakota Dengler with two quick pins of 12 and 54 seconds.

Like Fernandez, Arundel’s Jada Chaves is ranked nationally, coming in at No. 16 at 105lbs. Chaves was down at 100lbs for the Junior FS competition and won the title with an 8-0 decision of Maine’s Kadence Fogg. Chaves teched the bronze medalist, Massachusetts’ Zoey Jewett, 14-4.

Crofton’s Lexy Pabon is a state champion like Chaves and is also ranked 17th in the country at 125lbs. Pabon was up a weight class at 130lbs where she won the gold by technical superiority against Emily Murphy of Pennsylvania. Pabon pinned sixth place finishing Molly Lubenow (Pennsylvania) in 44 seconds. Pabon blanked her other two foes, both from New York, Ava Capogna (6-0) and Valerie Iglesias (9-0).

Reagan Ramadan wrestles for West Nottingham Academy and placed at the National Prep Tournament. Ramadan was fifth in Junior FS at 155lbs and second in 16U FS at 148lbs. In the Junior slate, Ramadan fell to the eventual champ, New York’s Adriana Palumbo, 10-0, and to the third-place finisher Kylie Monroe (Pennsylvania), 10-0. The 16U silver came after losing 10-0 to Pennsylvania’s Jameson Strickland. In the 16U bracket, Ramadan defeated two Connecticut foes, Madie Cooper, 8-1, and Meghan Velasquez by fall, 1:57.

Two more Maryland girls placed in the Junior FS ranks with Loch Raven’s Azeezat Odutola placing third at 235lbs and Atholton’s Jules Oxenberg taking fifth at 105lbs.

Odutola was in a round robin bracket of three. Oxenberg pinned Maine’s Sora Mae Bukoski in 4:13 in her placement match with her two losses coming to the silver and bronze medalists, Marielys Lugo Fernandez (New York) and Miranda Lajevic (Pennsylvania) respectively.

Summer Mutschler, who was first at 97lbs in the MSWA’s Middle School girls’ states, placed second at 100lbs in the 16U FS division, falling in the finals to Virginia’s Sydney Branch, 12-2. Another MSWA Middle School state champ, Fiona Ritchie, was fifth at 143lbs in the 14U FS slate.

Congratulations to all our Maryland female wrestling super stars!

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