The New York Women’s National Team is loaded with returning All-Americans and a new crop of talented youth hoping to crack the podium for the first time this year at Fargo. The 43-woman squad is already on the campus of North Dakota State University, hitting the mats for a week of training before competition begins.
“I’m really excited this year,” said head coach and NY-USA state women’s director Heath Macaluso. “We had a really good freestyle state tournament that brought the best girls from the state to compete and fight for those top three spots to qualify for Fargo.”
Leading the pack of returning All-Americans is Mia Macaluso, currently ranked #7 in the country by USA Wrestling at 127, who won Oklahoma Folkstyle Nationals this year as a Cadet and placed 2nd at Body Bar, qualifying her as a national team member. Also placing 3rd at Body Bar and making the national team was Hailey Cancelleri. She was a Fargo National Champion in 2016. Cancelleri is ranked #6 nationally at 164 and is signed to top 5 college program King University.
Other hopefuls include the following returning All-Americans:
•132-pound Grace Pauls (5th in Cadet last year & All-Tournament Team selection at Fargo National Duals)
•138-pound Mika Walters (3rd in Cadet last year)
•144-pound Sariah Stewart (double All-American last year at Fargo including 3rd in Cadet, 4th as Cadet at 2018 Body Bar & ranked #7 nationally)
•152-pound Joye Levendusky (ranked #13 nationally, 6th at Body Bar in 2017, was 2017 All-Tournament team selection at Fargo National Duals & 2016 double All-American at Fargo, signed to Top 5 college program McKendree)
•164-pound Katie Moore (8th in Cadet last year at Fargo, 4th as Cadet at Body Bar this year, ranked #15 nationally).
•180-pound Nia Crosdale (7th in Junior at Fargo last year, 2nd at Super 32 & double All-American at Fargo in 2016)
Other hopefuls include 100-pound senior Ashly Gomez, 106-pound senior Maria Soto, 132-pound Chloe Cabrera (5th at Super 32), 132-pound Maya Porter and a wrestler with significant international experience, 152-pound Kendra Cheers. Young NY stars include 94-pound Abby Duke (2017 Body Bar Schoolgirl All-American), 106-pound Esther Levendusky (2017 Body Bar Schoolgirl All-American, 2017 Oklahoma Schoolgirl runner-up), 112-pound Ally Fitzgerald (2017 Oklahoma Schoolgirl runner-up), 117-pound Riley Dalrymple (3rd in Oklahoma this year), 122-pound Zoe Gress (one match from podium last year), 122-pound Sofia Macaluso (4th at Super 32) and 122-pound Rhylee Jung.
“I’m also super excited about the staff,” added Coach Macaluso. “We’ve got eleven coaches who are very intense and all bring something unique and special. The coaching staff includes three new well-decorated college wrestlers who now coach at the college level, including Carlene Sluberski from Cumberlands, Ally Somera from Nassau Community College, and Julia Salata, who recently won the U.S. Open at the senior level and placed 2nd in World Team Trials last month, from King University. NY staple, Beat the Streets Women’s Director, Jacque Davis, is also on staff as chief technician.
Cadets will start Saturday and Juniors next Tuesday.