OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Michigan girls wrestling won its first ever national championship in the dual tournament at the USA Wrestling girls folkstyle national championship in Oklahoma City.

Michigan beat California’s B team 43-18 in the final to claim the title.

The team was propelled into the finals by two huge pins en route to a semifinal victory over California’s A team.

Sam Cushard got a first period pin in after bumping up to 198, while Holly Bailor added another pin at 97 pounds helping the Michigan girls win 30-28.

The Michigan girls also beat Texas 39-21 and a draw team 45-17.

Michigan finished with five national champions and 23 all-Americans in the tournament that ran March 27-29 on the campus of Oklahoma City University.

It was the first time Michigan won a national title in girls folkstyle wrestling.

Dominic Adams is a journalist and wrestling coach based in Fenton, Mich. He can be reached via email here.


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