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Glenn Pursley, Published July 13 2013

Alo, from Honolulu, claims her second straight national title

FARGO – It was a tough day for defending champions at the 43rd annual Cadet National Women’s freestyle finals Saturday. While one wrestler was able to secure her title for a second consecutive year, two others weren’t so fortunate.

Angelica Llanes and Nadine Fiege defeated defending champions Jessica DeHart and Ryan Gibbons, respectively, to win national titles at the Fargodome.

While DeHart and Gibbons were unable to hold on to their titles, Teshya Alo was able to win her second.

“I’m happy that I accomplished a lot and I’m just really proud of myself,” said Alo, who resides in Honolulu. “My match was really different because she was a really strong, good competitor.”

Alo defeated Wyoming’s Jenna Elmlinger 10-0 in the

124-pound finalss. She entered the match looking for her opponent’s weakness, and found it.

“I look for what their weakness is and her legs are kind of weak because she’s super strong on top,” Alo said. “So I aimed for her side and used my technique and it worked well.”

Alo’s second national title at the Fargodome is just another title to add to her already long list of accomplishments. This year she won the Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals and earned a spot in the Cadet World Championships in Serbia come August.

“I’m excited for the World Championships,” Alo said. “I’m happy that I have as many tournaments as I do so I can practice and see what I need to work on. It’s going great.”

Llanes was runner-up last year at nationals in the 108-pound weight class, but after her 10-0 win by technical fall over DeHart, she finally knows how it feels to be called a champion.

“I’m really proud of myself, I feel so much joy right now,” said Llanes, who wrestles for team California out of Lamont. “I gave up a lot of time to prepare and put a lot of practice into it. It’s not an easy tournament.”

Fiege wasted little time claiming her first national title and becoming the first women’s wrestler from Florida to ever do so.

“It’s an honor,” Fiege said. “I usually try to end my matches pretty quickly. I try to get the throw and the pin quick and get it over with.”

And that’s exactly how things went in her 192-pound final.

Fiege was able to overpower defending champ Gibbons and throw her to the mat to win her first title by pin just 30 seconds into the match.

“It’s an awesome experience,” said Fiege of her debut appearance at nationals in Fargo. “It feels really great.”

Also making her nationals debut was Courtney Getty of Bloomington, Minn. Getty wrestled in the 172-pound bronze medal match and lost to Alana Quackenbush 34 seconds into the match.

“I shot too fast and left my arm up and that’s how she took me down,” Getty said. “It was pretty challenging, but I thought I could do better.”

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Glenn Pursley at (701) 241-5549