2019 Tricia Saunders HS Excellence Award Winners

2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award State Winner for California – Mary Lopez. Photo by Chris Mora/frominsidethemat

STILLWATER — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced the state and regional winners of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).

The award recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

The 2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award Regional Winners are:

West: Kelani Corbett of Waipahu, Hawaii, is a four-time Hawaii High School state champion and four-year team captain for Leilehua High School.

Central: Xochitl Mota-Pettis of Humble, Texas, is the top-ranked wrestler at 127 pounds in the National Girls High School Rankings.

Midwest: Emily Shilson of North Oaks, Minnesota, is the top-ranked wrestler at 100 pounds in the National Girls High School Rankings.

Northeast: Vayle Baker of Benton, Pennsylvania, is ranked second at 117 pounds in the National Girls High School Rankings.

Southeast: Isabella Badon of Johnson City, Tennessee, is a four-time Tennessee High School state champion for Daniel Boone High School and is ranked 14th at 117 pounds in the National Girls High School Rankings.

2019 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award State Winners

State – Name, High School, Hometown, College Attending
Alaska – McKenzie Cook, Homer High School, Homer, McKendree University,
Arizona – Jennifer Curry, Hamilton High School, Queen Creek
Arkansas – Layne Adams, Rogers High School, Rogers
California – Mary Lopez, Liberty High School, Brentwood
Colorado – Jaslynn Gallegos, Skyview High School, Brighton
Connecticut – Joanne Ortiz, New Milford High School, New Milford, Life University,
Florida – Shania Gowan, Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, Missouri Baptist University
Georgia – Alexa Downs, Camden County High School, Woodbine, Presbyterian College
Hawaii – Kelani Corbett, Leilehua High School, Waipahu, Lyon College
Idaho – Hannah Harvey, St. Maries High School, St. Maries
Illinois – Randi Robison, East Peoria Community High School, East Peoria, Campbellsville University
Indiana – Alara Boyd, Yorktown High School, Yorktown
Iowa – Keagan King, South Central Calhoun High School, Lytton, Grandview University
Kansas – Mya Kretzler, McPherson Senior High School, McPherson, Baker University
Kentucky – Jessica Torres, Harrison High School, Cynthiana, University of the Cumberlands
Maine – Zoe Buteau, Oak Hill High School, Wales
Maryland – Destiny Benjamin, Dulaney High School, Timonium, Ferrum College
Michigan – Megan Vondrasek, Owosso High School, Owosso
Minnesota – Emily Shilson, Mounds View High School, North Oaks, Augsburg University
Missouri – Brooke-Lynn Rush, Benton High School, St. Joseph
Nevada – Morgan Norris, Reed High School, Sparks
New Jersey – Bella Serrano, Manasquan High School, Manasquan, East Stroudsburg University
New Mexico – Jennesis Martinez, Manzano High School, Albuquerque
New York – Shola Cascen, Harry S. Truman High School, Bronx
North Carolina – Nikoly Dos Santos, Providence High School, Matthews, Gannon University
Ohio – Andrea Schlabach, Stephen T. Badin High School, Hamilton
Oklahoma – Ainslee Lane, Bixby High School, Bixby, Presbyterian College
Oregon – Sarah Conner, Central Linn High School, Brownsville
Pennsylvania – Vayle Baker, Wyoming Seminary, Benton, Augsburg University
Tennessee – Isabella Badon, Daniel Boone High School, Johnson City
Texas – Xoxhitl Mota-Pettis, Klein High School, Humble
Utah – Marlynne Deede, Springville High School, Springville
Virginia – Ashley Whetzal, Floyd E Kellam High School, Virginia Beach
Washington – Kaylee Moore, Naches Valley High School, Yakima
Wisconsin – Macey Kilty, River Falls High School, Stratford

All-Time National Winners of Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award

2018 – Alleida Martinez, Selma High School, Selma, California
2017 – Cierra Foster, Post Falls High School, Post Falls, Idaho
2016 – Katie Brock, Sequatchie County High School, Whitwell, Tennessee
2015 – Marizza Birrueta, Grandview High School, Grandview, Washington
2014 – Marina Doi, Kingsburg High School, Kingsburg, California