This year’s tournament was held in the Snyder Center and featured ninety-six wrestlers from forty-one schools competing in thirteen weight classes- twelve Madison Weights, eight-person brackets, and one round-robin five-person bracket. Phillips Academy came away with the team title with 148 points, 3 champions, and 7 other placers. Choate Rosemary Hall took 2nd place, with 2 champions and 3 other placers. West Nottingham Academy from Maryland took 3rd place, with 1 champion and 3 other placers. The two “Outstanding Wrestler” awards were awarded to Calli Gilchrist of Choate Rosemary Hall and Daniella Nugent ’25 of Phillips Academy.
Phillips Academy head coach and tournament founder and director Kassie Bateman shared highlights from Andover's tournament champions, “In the finals, Suhaila Cotton ’24 was down 6-9 in the third period with just over a minute left. She hit a beautiful Peterson to reverse her opponent to her back and get the pin, winning the title at 112 lbs. Dani Nugent ’25 won a tough 1-0 decision in her finals match. The first period was scoreless; in the second period, Dani took bottom and was able to score an escape and get the 1-0 lead. In the third period, she stayed tough on top to keep her 1-0 lead and earn the victory. Eleanor DeHoog ’24 had a rematch with her opponent from last year who pinned her during the tournament. Mentally prepared for a tough match, Nor outscored her opponent 7-0 to win her bracket.”
Before the competition, Marisol Nugent ’20, led the participants in a technique clinic. Coach Bateman introduced Nugent, “Marisol Nugent is an eight-time USAW All-American, with high school accolades that include Super 32 Champion and National Prep Champion. Her college resume is even more impressive. She is a three-time age group world team member. She is now at the University of North Carolina and is the first Division One female wrestler in the Atlantic Coast Conference. She is a 2023 Midlands Champion, a 2023 Princeton Open Champion, and a 2023 U23 National Finalist. This is the second time Marisol Nugent has been our guest clinician, and we are delighted to welcome her back!”