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Broadus wins U.S. national title in cadet freestyle

FARGO, N.D., July 16 – Plymouth’s Cara Broadus was dominant at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior national championship tournament at the Fargodome on Saturday.

Broadus won all five of her matches by technical fall (10 points or more) to capture the Cadet freestyle (ages 15-16) national championship at 115 pounds with a 10-0 win over Cameron Guerin of Washington state in just 54 seconds. Broadus didn’t give up a point in her five bouts. She won four matches by a 10-0 score and beat Viktoya Torres of Washington state in the semifinals, 11-0.

According to USA Wrestling, she is the first Connecticut woman to win a Cadet freestyle national championship. She is the first Connecticut wrestler to win a national championship in Fargo since East Lyme’s Ross Spencer in 2010 when he won a junior freestyle title at 105.

Broadus, who attends CREC’s Medical Profession and Teacher Profession Academy in New Britain, was a two-time All-American here a year ago. She was seventh in the Cadet women’s freestyle tournament in 2015 at 120 pounds and fifth in the Junior women’s freestyle tournament at 118.

Cara was interviewed by USA Wrestling after her championship win.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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