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Nelson, Team Wisconsin finish third at nationals

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Team Wisconsin shows off its third-place trophy from USA Wrestling’s National Junior Female Dual Championships June 20-21 in Tulsa, Okla. Helping hold the plaque is Northwestern High School's Abigail Nelson (green shirts). (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Team Wisconsin, which included Northwestern High School’s Abigail Nelson, finished in third place at the USA Wrestling’s National Junior Female Dual Championships June 20-21 in Tulsa, Okla.

Nelson wrestled for Team Wisconsin at 100 pounds.

To qualify for the team wrestlers had to be a WWF state champion or a High School All-American from the Individual National Freestyle Wrestling Tournament in Fargo, N.D.

Nelson took second in the nation two years ago at 88 pounds at Fargo, and won the state championship in February at 96 pounds in Poynette, Wis.

“Abby didn't have a lot of freestyle experience, so it took her a couple of rounds to get into the flow of it,” her father, Bruce Nelson, said. “In Wisconsin, at the high school level, we wrestle folkstyle and at the national level, girls wrestle freestyle. Once Abby figured it out, she started wrestling really well.”

One highlight for Nelson was beating the undefeated, and top-ranked girl from Texas Team I.

“Abby took it to her from the start and threw her in the second period and pinned her,” Bruce Nelson said.

The Wisconsin girls started the dual team tournament with a 37-27 loss to Florida.

“They were a little rusty the first round, but after that they really picked up the pace and got aggressive,” Bruce Nelson said.

Wisconsin went on to defeat Texas Team II, 41-26; Minnesota, 43-17; Georgia, 44-22; and Missouri, 46-17, ending the first day with its a 4-1 team record, which gave them a berth in the Gold Medal Round on June 21.

Wisconsin then defeated Alaska, 44-22, and Texas Team II, 46-22, but lost to Texas Team I, 45-18, which put it in the third-place match against Georgia, which it defeated 39-28.

Texas Team I went on to defeat Illinois for first place.

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