Cadets Angela LoRusso ’19 and Madison Moore ’21 competed in the 2019 Florida Girls State Wrestling Tournament this weekend. This year’s girl’s state tournament was the toughest competition in its 8-year history with 275 girls from 94 schools competing. Girls wrestling has seen exponential growth in Florida the past few years with an estimated 700 girls registered this season. And girls wrestling continues to be the fastest growing high school sport nationally.
Madison Moore, in only her 2nd year of wrestling, went 2-2 and qualified for the 2nd day of the tournament for the first time. Angela LoRusso posted a 3-2 record in the most competitive weight class of the tournament, 106 lbs. Angela lost in the “blood round” in a close match leaving her one win shy of medaling.
Coach LoRusso also assisted with coaching girls from other Pinellas and Tampa high schools that were unable to have a coach attend or otherwise needed help. It was a great experience for all the girls to learn, improve, and enjoy. They affectionately began calling themselves the Tampa Bay Orphans in hopes of forming a “super team”.
Overall the girls team attended 6 separate girls-only tournaments with both girls medaling individually multiple times. Madison finished with a record of 10-8 and placed 2nd in two tournaments. The first placements of her career. Angela finishes with a girls record of 20-6 with multiple 1st and 2nd place placements. Angela will continue to compete this season at 106 lbs in the upcoming Coed Wrestling District Tournament hosted at Admiral Farragut Academy.