Marisol Nugent is National Champ at 144 in first ever girls division
Co-captain Marisol Nugent '20 went 3-0 today at Stabler Arena, the site of the Prep National Wrestling championships. She participated in the first ever girls division of the tournament, and scored 3 first-period pins to secure her first place title. Nugent, who entered the tournament already a 5x All-American, was seeded 2nd at her weight class behind Reese Larramendy of Wyoming Seminary, who is currently ranked 2nd in the country at 144 lbs in national USA wrestling rankings. In the finals Nugent hit a quick headlock and put Larramendy on her back, eventually securing the pin. Nugent now adds National Prep champion to her already long list of All-American accolades. Nugent becomes the second ever Andover wrestler to win the Prep National championships, 18 years after the first Andover Prep Champion, Daniel Shvartsman '02. Nugent will continue her post-tournament season in March, when she heads to Colorado Springs to compete in the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Championships.
Also competing well for Andover were Colin Nugent '23 and Nick Buehler '21. Colin Nugent, the 12 seed, pinned his McDonogh School opponet in 48 seconds in the round of 32. In the round of 16 he came up against the number 5 seed from Blair Academy and lost; in the round of 16 consolation match he dominated his Springside Chestnut Hill opponent 17-0, but then he fell to his Germantown Academy opponent in the next round and was eliminated from the tournament. Colin Nugent went 2-2, and Nick Buehler went 0-2.