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2018-19 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Girls Wrestling Team

The inaugural 2018-19 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Girls Wrestling team was selected by Earl Smith of OpenMat in coordination with USA TODAY High School Sports based on past performance, level of competition and strength of schedule.
RELATED: ALL-USA Preseason Boys Wrestling Team
Twelve girls from 10 different states are represented on this team, including two each from California and Pennsylvania. Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.) is the only school with multiple players represented on the team.
Plenty of star power litters this year’s team, including Minnesota native Emily Shilson, the first-ever American to win a gold medal in wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games; Mia Palumbo, the first girl ever in the history of Illinois to win a match; and Jerzie Estrada, who this winter will be going for her third straight state title in the competitive California.
Click through the slideshow to meet the team

<p><strong>School:</strong> Mounds View (Minn.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 100<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>Over the summer Emily Shilson became the first American wrestler to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games. She also earned a Cadet world championship, after taking a silver medal in 2017. Emily also has won her third Junior National title in Fargo.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Sophomore<br />
<strong>Weight: </strong>106<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>Last school year, Mia Palumbo became the first girl in Illinois history to win a match at the Illinois tournament. Mia won a Cadet National Championship, then went up an age group and dominated the field at Junior Nationals.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Richards High School</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Arbor View (Las Vegas)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>Weight: </strong>112<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>This spring Peyton Prussin finished in fourth place at the Junior World Team Trials. All of the other seven placewinners at her weight class had either graduated from high school or were finishing their senior season. Prussin would then go on to make the finals at Junior Nationals.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Christina Alejandro</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 117<br />
<strong>College: </strong>Uncommitted</p>

<p>Vayle Rae Baker captured her second consecutive Junior National title in Fargo this July. It was her third career age-level national title. Baker has also made a pair of Cadet world teams.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Wyoming Seminary</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> New Lexington (Ohio)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 122<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>In October, Leilah Castro went to the preseason Super 32 and won a championship belt with a victory over a three-time national champion. Castro was on the Cadet world team this year and was a match away from winning a bronze medal.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Sam Blackburn, Zanesville Times Recorder</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Klein (Texas)<br />
<strong>Class: </strong>Senior<br />
<strong>Weight: </strong>127<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>Mota-Pettis has gone undefeated in her last two years of high school competition, winning a pair of Texas state titles along the way. After the high school season, she was just a dominant on the national level, winning a Junior National titles in both folkstyle and freestyle</p>

<p><em>Photo: Farrah Sheeren, Wrestling Texas</em></p>

<p><strong>School: </strong>Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.)<br />
<strong>Class: </strong>Senior<br />
<strong>Weight: </strong>132<br />
<strong>College: </strong>Uncommitted</p>

<p>One of the most surprising matches of this preseason took place at the Super 32 where Amanda Walker edged Junior National Champion Alexys Zepeda. Amanda has also placed in the top four each of the last three years at Junior Nationals.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Amy Walker</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rowland (Rowland Heights, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Sophomore<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 138<br />
<strong>College: </strong>Uncommitted</p>

<p>As a freshman, Cheyenne Bowman was able to win a state title in California, the toughest state in the nation. This summer Bowman won a Cadet national championship and earned a chance to compete at the Cadet World Championships.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Chris Mora Photography</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Selma (Calif.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 144<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>This fall Jerzie Estrada has been one of the busiest and my productive girls in the country. She has already won titles at the California World Challenge, the Freakshow, and the Super 32. This year Jerzie will be aiming for her third California state championship</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jim Thrall, Mat Focus</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> River Falls (Wisc.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 152<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>Just a week after winning a Cadet world championship, Macey Kilty went to Fargo to claim her second consecutive Junior National crown. Macey then wrestled up an age group at the Junior World Championships and brought home the silver medal.</p>

<p><em>Photo: USA Wrestling</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 164<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>The top wrestler in the Class of 2020, Tristan Kelly recently won the Super 32 and needed less than two and a half minutes total to down her three opponents. Kelly got her first taste of international experience this year at the Cadet World Championships.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Chris and Tina Kelly</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> DeSoto (Mo.)<br />
<strong>Class:</strong> Sophomore<br />
<strong>Weight:</strong> 180<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p>Jaycee Foeller cruised to a Cadet national title and then wrestled as a Junior and made the national finals against girls that were primarily two and three years older than her. This was after Jaycee had already earned a gold medal at the UWW Cadet National Tournament.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Amber Foeller</em></p>

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