FARGO, ND — Were it not for injury, rising Mosley sophomore Valarie Solorio would have been the first north Florida girl to qualify for FHSAA states, or would at least have advanced further than any girl in region-level competition.
Instead, Solorio had to wait a few months longer to write a little history.
Saturday, Solorio became the first north Florida girls wrestler since Sandalwood/Life alum Nadine Fiege, the current girls’ coach at Ponte Vedra, to reach the finals at Fargo and the US Marine Corps 16-under national freestyle tournament.
Solorio was dominant in three wins Saturday, competing at 94 pounds, opening with a superior victory (12-0 in 1:54) over South Carolina’s Annalise Maralit. Her points victory (14-8) in the quarters over Michigan’s Gigi Bragg was her toughest match of the day. In the evening session, Solorio had no problems polishing off California’s Megan Valdez, with another superior victory (13-0 in 2:16).
Solorio will face Glenbard North IL’s Gabriella Gomez in the championship match. A win there would match Fiege’s national-champion effort in 2013.
Gomez was the U15 women’s national runnerup in May. Gomez took 10-0 superior victories in three consecutive rounds to reach the semis, but had to rally from 6-0 and 10-4 deficits to turn back California’s Abbeygael Cabuag, 11-10.
Otherwise, for north Floridians, Saturday was too quick of a day. Rising Pace sophomore Helena Alcantar was 1-2 at 106 on the women’s side, as was Forest rising junior Cane Fernandez (men’s 16U freestyle at 285). Bartram Trail rising junior Ethan Vugman (113) was 0-2.
Results for all four north Floridians follow below.
2021 USMC 16U Freestyle
Round of 128: Treygen Morin (ID) VPO1 Ethan Vugman, 10-9.
Consi 64 #2: Brock Weiss (PA) VPO1 Vugman, 15-9.
Round of 32: Demetrius Covarrubias (VA) VPO1 Cane Fernandez, 2-1.
Consi 16 #1: Fernandez VSU Will Greenberg (OH), 10-0, 3:01.
Consi 16 #2: Jayce Hitt (MO) VFA Fernandez, 1:48.
Round of 16: Valarie Solorio VSU Annalise Maralit (SC), 12-0, 1:54.
Quarterfinals: Solorio VPO1 Gigi Bragg (MI), 14-8.
Semifinals: Solorio VSU Megan Valdez (CA), 13-0, 2:16.
Sunday’s Championship: Solorio v Gabriella Gomez (Carol Stream IL).
Round of 32: Rianna Murphy (IN) VFA Helena Alcantar, :29.
Consi 16 #1: Alcantar VFA Kelly Ann Ichimura (HI), 2:00.
Consi 16 #2: Karlee Brooks (AZ) VSU Alcantar, 10-0, 1:09.