Kennedy Blades and Korina Blades Stand Out at Wyoming Seminar to Attend Arizona State

Pictured: Arizona State hires Korina Blades (left) and Kennedy Blades (right). Graphic courtesy of Fighters Papi’s Twitter page (@Fighterspapi).

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What a Saturday it was for Sunkist Kids RTC Head Coach Mark Perry and Arizona State University Regional Training Center!

In arguably the biggest recruiting surprise of the weekend, two of the country’s top female high school wrestlers from the Class of 2022, siblings Kennedy and Korina Blades, both UWW World Age Champions, announced their decisions. academics.

The duo are heading to Arizona State University, where they will train with former two-time Iowa NCAA champion Mark Perry and compete with the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club.

Arizona State does not currently have a sanctioned women’s program. However, its regional training center has a awesome resident athlete to roastr, who including many world and Olympic medalists.

Kennedy and Korina picked ASU over presumed top favorite Iowa, which recently added the Power Five’s first women’s wrestling program in the nation, and North Central College, in Naperville, Illinois.

The announcement came in an interview with FloWrestling’s David Bray. the complete maintenance came out Saturday night, just before the Bout festivities at the Ballpark.

Kennedy also posted the following message on her Instagram and Twitter pages.

I am thrilled to announce that I will be pursuing my dream of Olympic wrestling at Sunkist Kids RTC while attending ASU!! I am more than grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to all my supporters and family for being with me from the start ❤️🔱 #forksup #glorytoGod

Both Kennedy and Korina have racked up major international accolades while representing USA Wrestling on the world stage, particularly over the past 12 months.

Last April, Kennedy turned heads at the Olympic Team Trials when Kennedy and future Iowa Hawkeye Kylie Welker made the best-of-three Olympic Team Trials final as high school juniors. Kennedy fell, two games to nil, to eventual 2020 Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock at 68 kilos.

Although he did not compete in Tokyo, Kennedy won gold at the UWW Junior World Championships (72kg) in Ufa, Russia in April 2021. Blades was 4-0 with three techs and a 17-second hairpin in the final in Russia. en route to his world junior crown. Kennedy also finished ninth at the 2019 Cadet World Championships.

Currently, USA Wrestling has the 18-year-old ranked third overall in its latest national pound-for-pound high school rankings. Kennedy is ranked No. 2 at 164 pounds in that same ranking, behind only Kylie Welker.

As for Korina, she too had a sumptuous summer on the international circuit. Korina competed at the 2021 Cadet World Championships and the 2021 Junior World Championships. Although Korina did not medal at the cadet level, she bounced back by winning a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, against more competition. old and more difficult. Moreover, Korina also has a gold medal at the 2019 U15 World Cup to her credit.

USA Wrestling has Korina ranked fifth in her latest pound-for-pound national rankings. Kennedy is ranked No. 1 at 138 pounds in that same ranking.

With Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis, world silver medalist Kayla Miracle, world bronze medalist Forrest Molinari and now the Blades sisters all training at Sunkist Kids RTC, ASU is becoming a destination for freestyle wrestling feminine. That’s for sure!

Will ASU be the next Power Five university to create a women’s wrestling program? Only time will tell. That said, this will only fuel ongoing rumors that a women’s wrestling team may be heading to ASU in the near future.

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