Camargo-Naone Finishes Second in U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS – Leilani Camargo-Naone became the second Midland University wrestler to place at the Marine Corps U.S. Open over the weekend. A sophomore from Hawaii, Camargo-Naone was runner-up in the 76kg senior women’s freestyle division.

Camargo-Naone entered her first senior-level tournament unseeded but scored a major upset en route to the finals. After pinning Nahiela Magee in 5 minutes, 15 seconds in the quarterfinals, Camargo-Naone upset Korinahe Bullock, the No. 4-ranked wrestler in the nation, 3-0 in the semifinals.

“In the finals, she had a tough opponent,” Coach Antonia Barber said. “Adeline Gray has won three world championships as well as represented the United States at the last Olympics.”

Gray jumped out to an early lead and scored a victory by technical superiority in 1:55.

“We didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but we gained the experience we need for the future,” Barber said.

Camargo-Naone’s second-place finish added to her list of accomplishments this season. She earned a national title in the NCWA National Wrestling Championships, was runner-up at the WCWA Nationals, and took top honors in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Wrestling Championships.

The only other Midland wrestling to place at the U.S. Open was Josh Heinzer, who finished in eighth place in 2015.