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Broadus, Nichols make finals at Women’s Nationals; Three state wrestlers win titles

Plymouth’s Cara Broadus, left, earned All-American honors in two divisions at the USA Wrestling Women’s Freestyle national championships in Texas this weekend. Suffield’s Alexis Adams, right, won a 14-and-under national title. (Photos courtesy USA Wrestling Connecticut.)

Plymouth’s Cara Broadus and Bristol’s Ella Nichols earned All-American honors in two competitions at the 2019 USA Wrestling Women’s Freestyle National Championships in Irving, Texas this weekend.

Broadus finished second in the United World Wrestling (UWW) Junior tournament at 65 kilograms (143 pounds) and was fourth in the Under 23 division at 65 kg. Nichols finished second in the UWW Cadet tournament at 65 kg and was third in the UWW Under 15 competition at 66 kg (145 pounds).

Three Connecticut wrestlers won national championships. Suffield’s Alexis Adams (136 pounds) won a national title in the 14-and-under division, Stratford’s Kayla Batres (65 pounds) won a national title in the 12-and-under division,  while Bristol’s Ava Guilmette won a national title at 85 pounds in the 9-and-under division.

USA Wrestling used the meet as the trials for the U.S. teams that will competition in the upcoming U-23, Junior (ages 17-20) and Cadet (ages 14-17) world championships. The winner in each weight class earned a spot on the American team.

Broadus went 4-0 in the UWW Junior tournament with three wins by technical fall and an 8-6 win over Ashlynn Ortega of Tennessee to get into the best-of-3 final against Macey Kilty of Stratford, Wisconsin.

Kilty, who recently finished in the Senior Division at the U.S. Open, swept Broadus with a pair of tech falls to win the title and secure her spot on the American team at the upcoming world championships on August 12-18 in Estonia. Kilty won the 2018 Cadet world championship.

Nichols went 4-0 to earn a spot in the best-of-3 final in the UWW Cadet tournament at 65 kg. She started the tournament with a win by tech fall and a 2-1 win over Illinois’ Hannah Strauss. Nichols beat Missouri’s Jazzmine Seely by tech fall in the quarterfinals and pinned California’s Beyonce Garica in 21 seconds.

But in the finals, California’s Lillian Freitas swept Nichols with a pin and a technical fall to win the title and earn a spot in the U.S. team that will compete at the world championships on July 29 through August 4 in Bulgaria.

Broadus also finished fourth in the U-23 division at 65 kg, going 4-2 with a pin. Broadus won her first match with a 41 second pin before losing to Colorado’s Maya Nelson. Three straight wins put Broadus in the consolation final where she was pinned by Oklahoma’s Cierra Foster.

Broadus was third in the Junior Women national championships a year ago at 85 kg. In 2017, she was third in the UWW Cadet tournament at 60 kg and seventh in the UWW Junior tournament at 63 kg.

Nichols went 4-1 with three pins in the UWW Under 15 tournament, finishing third with a 3-1 win over Plainville’s Dakota Marie Dinielli. After getting pinned by Minnesota’s Ella Pagel in the semifinals, Nichols pinned Arizona’s Nina Sandoval in 3:44 to earn a spot on the consolation final against Dinielli.

Dinelli went 2-2 in the UWW Under 15 touranment with two pins. Nichols got a takedown with 40 seconds left to take a 3-1 lead in the consolation final.

Suffield’s Alexis Adams went won three matches to win a national title in the 14-and-under division at 136 pounds. She won her first match by technical fall and outlasted Wisconsin’s Hannah Errthum in the semifinals. Adams beat California’s Kaluani Garcia, 5-2 in the finals with a pair of takedowns in the second period.

Stratford’s Kayla Batres won three matches by technical fall to win a title in the 12-and-under division. She beat Texas’ Alyssa Sedillo, 10-1 in the final.

In the 9-and-under division, Bristol’s Ava Guilmette (85 pounds) beat California’s Mikaella Bowens, 10-0 in 21 seconds and pinned Arizona’s Angela Lopez in 18 seconds to win her weight class and a national title.

Posted May 12, 2019

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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