Northwest junior wrestler Maggie Palmore earned high school All-American status with her third-place finish at 122 pounds in the July 12-20 Cadet Nationals Tournament at The Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.
Palmore’s 5-1 record included a pair of technical falls, losing her semifinal bout 17-6 to the eventual runner-up from California, and edging her opponent 7-6 in the consolation semifinals before overcoming her third-place opponent from Minnesota, 14-9.
“I really pushed myself in the tournament,” said Palmore, 16. “I feel like if I continue to work hard, I can accomplish anything I desire to.”
In February, a 122-pound Palmore was among six County grapplers who earned titles in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s inaugural girls’ invitational folkstyle wrestling tournament, with two more being runners-up and a ninth finishing third.
Palmore decked all four of her MPSSAA tournament rivals in the first-period in February, and will return to the Jaguars next season as an All-American and girls’ state champion.
Palmore was a toddler in March 2006 when Magruder freshman Helen Maroulis made an impact for the County wrestling for coach Max Sartoph, becoming the first girl to place at the Maryland wrestling championship and finishing sixth at 112 pounds in the 4A/3A states.
As Magruder junior, Maroulis became the first female to reach the finals of both the Montgomery County and Class 4A-3A East Region tournaments and repeated her sixth-place finish at states.
Maroulis also became the first-ever American female to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016, having earned a world championship title in 2015 after winning silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2013.
In 2007, Arundel senior Nicole Woody (103) made more history by becoming Maryland’s first girl to win a county and regional title and to finish as a state runner-up. Woody pinned South River’s Curtis Taylor in five minutes, 42 seconds for the Anne Arundel County title and blanked Centennial’s Jack Western 2-0 in the finals of the Class 4A-3A regionals on a reversal with 1:01 left in the third period.
Woody lost her state title bout 6-2 to River Hill’s Scott Mantua, who had finished third behind her at regions after losing to Western in the regional semifinals.
Woody won her state semifinal 5-4 in overtime against Tuscarora’s C.J. Savage, having already become the first girl to qualify for the 4A-3A meet as a sophomore, and the first to pin a boy at a state meet as a junior.
“To be a state champion among the girls is one thing, but to accomplish it against the boys would be awesome,” said Palmore, who met Maroulis at a clinic in Baltimore last winter, and often with Jaguars’ senior Yonas Harris, who earned a Class 4A-3A state title in March. “That’s certainly a goal of mine, an achievement that I aspire to and something that would be a dream come true.”