Stewartstown girl goes 2-2 at national wrestling event


Stewartstown wrestler Tiffani McNelis went 2-2 on Saturday in the 2017 Women's National Championships in Irving, Texas, wrestling in the United World Wrestling cadet juniors age group.

Tiffani McNelis, 14, front, of Stewartstown, and Mason Lewis, 15, of Dover, partner on drills during Modern Day Gladiators Wrestling Club practice at Dover Area High School in Dover, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

It was McNelis' first time wrestling in the tournament at the cadet level and she was the youngest out of 27 competitors in her 65-kilogram (143-pound) weight class.

McNelis won her first two bouts to put her in strong position going forward. Her first win was by technical fall and then edged out a 2-1 decision in her second bout. However, as she progressed, her competition stiffened and she wound up losing her third bout by technical fall and was eliminated from the tournament after dropping a 7-6 decision.

In just her second year wrestling freestyle, McNelis' two defeats were to the two girls who finished third and fourth in her weight class.

McNelis, who is finishing her eighth-grade year at South Eastern Middle School, a feeder into Kennard-Dale High School, will wrestle for Wyoming Seminary next year. Wyoming Seminary is the first prep school in the nation to have a girls' wrestling program.