FARGO, N.D. Hannah Morgan Moon, a 2011 Kennewick High School grad, won the 139-pound division women's junior freestyle wrestling title at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships on Tuesday in Fargo, N.D.
Moon, who claimed the WIAA 130-pound title this past winter at Mat Classic XXIII, defeated Alyssa Wong of California 1-0, 2-0 to earn the only national title for the Washington squad at the USA Wrestling-sanctioned event.
En route to victory, Moon dominated her opponents, sweeping the first two rounds with first-period pins of Wisconsin's Marlie Gillis (1:35) and New York's Natalie Kuang in 29 seconds.
In the next round, Moon bounced back from a first-period loss to upset California's Monica Ramirez 0-1, 2-0, 2-0.
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Prior to the title match, Moon bested California's Cheyenne Youngblood 5-0, 3-2.
"For Hannah, the national title went through California," said Hanna's father, Tim Moon, the Lions' assistant wrestling coach.
Team Washington placed fourth overall at the event with 32 team points. Team California placed first with 96, followed by Texas with 42 and Hawaii with 37 points.
Moon continues competition today in the Junior Nationals women's duals, and later this year she will take to the circle for the inaugural season of the women's wrestling program at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
"They signed her to a full tuition scholarship," Tim Moon said of SWOCC. "Pretty excited about that, she's going to be making history as they field the first team."