Two Iowans Earn AA honors on First Day of Fargo

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Two Iowa Cadet women will be leaving Fargo, North Dakota with All-American honors as Felicity Taylor (101) and McKinna Faulkenberry (143) each placed in the top eight today at the national tournament. Taylor came away with a fifth place finish at 101 pounds, and Faulkenberry made the stand with an eighth place finish.

Taylor, who will also be wrestling in the Junior division later this week, lost her very first match of the tournament and had to battle back for three straight victories to reach the stand. She would win four, and just missed out on making the third place match. In addition to Taylor wrestling in Juniors later this week, she will be joined by Nicole Watters (132), who was 2-2 in the Cadets.

Faulkenberry opened with a first round decision before she was knocked to the backside of her bracket. She then picked up a fall to guarantee herself a shot on the podium.

Cadet Women`s FS 101 – Felicity Taylor’s place is 5th and has scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Angel Rios (Colorado) won by tech fall over Felicity Taylor (Iowa) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by fall over Angel Ogden (Utah) (Fall 1:54)
Cons. Round 4 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by tech fall over Brooke Richards (North Carolina) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 5 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by fall over Trinity Oredina (California) (Fall 2:03)
Cons. Semi – Angel Rios (Colorado) won by fall over Felicity Taylor (Iowa) (Fall 2:29)
5th Place Match – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by injury default over Amanda Walker (Pennsylvania) (Inj. 0:00)

Cadet Women`s FS 132 – Nicole Watters’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nicole Watters (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Astrid Silva (Texas) won by fall over Nicole Watters (Iowa) (Fall 2:09)
Cons. Round 2 – Nicole Watters (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Nicole Watters (Iowa) won by tech fall over Unwanaabasi Abasiurua (New York) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Alexis Gomez (Illinois) won by tech fall over Nicole Watters (Iowa) (TF 12-2)

Cadet Women`s FS 143 – McKinna Faulkenberry’s place is 8th and has scored 1.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) won by decision over Kylee Heaton (South Dakota) (Dec 11-4)
Quarterfinal – Paige Amy (Michigan) won by decision over McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) (Dec 13-4)
Cons. Round 4 – McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) won by fall over Abbi Turner (California) (Fall 4:48)
Cons. Round 5 – Brooke Logan (Arizona) won by decision over McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) (Dec 8-6)
7th Place Match – Taea Regua (California) won by decision over McKinna Faulkenberry (Iowa) (Dec 8-2)

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