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Broadus is first state girl to win Tricia Saunders Award

Plymouth’s Cara Broadus

Plymouth’s Cara Broadus has been selected to be the first girl from Connecticut to win the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award. Broadus was recognized by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for her excellence on the mat, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.

The award is presented in honor of Tricia Saunders, a four-time world champion and women’s wrestling pioneer.

Broadus, a senior with Keystone School, is ranked No. 2 in the nation at 138 pounds in the latest USA Wrestling rankings. She earned All-American honors at the recent United World Wrestling Junior women’s freestyle U.S. world team trials in Texas earlier this month finishing third at 65 kg (138 pounds) with a 15-4 win by technical fall over Hannah Ramos of Wisconsin.

Broadus also finished third at 65 kg (143 pounds) in the UWW Cadet women’s freestyle world team trials with a 9-6 win over Brianna Csontos from Virginia.

Broadus was a member of the 2017 U.S. junior national team.

Last fall, Broadus lost in the finals of the Super 32 tournament at 139 pounds and earned All-American honors at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior national championships in Fargo, North Dakota at 132 pounds in the Junior freestyle competition in August.

Broadus, who has spent much of her high school career at Metropolitan Learning Center in Bloomfield, wrestled in Japan in November with a delegation of top Cadet and Schoolgirl wrestlers in the Saori Yoshida Cup. She won the FLWC Fall Classic in November and took first in the Providence (R.I.) Preseason Brawl at 144 pounds.

Broadus trains with KT Kidz in Rocky Hill. The Tricia Saunders Award was first presented in 2014.

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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