Stewartstown wrestler Tiffani Baublitz earns All-America honors, spot on national team

  • Tiffani Baublitz was third at 144 pounds at the Cadet Women’s Freestyle National Championships.
  • The 15-year-old Stewartstown wrestler earned All-America honors for her performance.
  • Baublitz wrestles for the Wyoming Seminary girls' wrestling program.

Stewartstown’s Tiffani Baublitz is a wrestling All-American.

Stewartstown's Tiffani Baublitz, top, recently finished third in the 144-pound class at the United States Marine Corps Cadet Women’s Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.

In her first trip to the United States Marine Corps Cadet Women’s Freestyle National Championships held earlier this month in Fargo, North Dakota, Baublitz returned to York County with a third-place finish in the 144-pound class.

The 15-year-old finished with a 5-1 record in the Cadet Division, including a pin of Maryland’s Seda Tsarni in the third-place match. She dropped her first match, 14-13, but battled back with five straight victories to earn the bronze medal.

That performance also earned her a berth on the national team.

The Cadet Division is for wrestlers born in 2002 and 2003.

Baublitz, who was formerly known at Tiffani McNelis, also competed in the Junior Division — which is for wrestlers born on Sept. 1, 1998, and later — compiling a 4-2 mark. That left Baublitz with a 9-3 mark overall during her stay in Fargo.

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Other strong performances: That is just the latest in a series of strong performances by Baublitz this year.

In late May, Baublitz captured the 152-pound Junior Division crown at the Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation Women’s State Championship, and in March she won the Mid-Atlantic Girls' Folkstyle title at 148 pounds.

In February, Baublitz claimed her first-ever international wrestling gold medal. Competing in the 152-pound Cadet Division, Baublitz cruised to four straight wins at the Flatz Open in Austria, outscoring her opposition, 32-3.

Stewartstown's Tiffani Baublitz has seen her hand raised in victory quite often over the past year.

Baublitz competes for Wyoming Seminary women’s wrestling team and the Modern Day Gladiators club team based in Dover. She will be a sophomore at Wyoming Seminary in the fall.

She attended school in the South Eastern School District through eighth grade before opting to compete for Wyoming Seminary, which is the only high school in the country to feature a girls’ wrestling program headed by an Olympic-level coach.

Wyoming Seminary is located in Kingston, Luzerne County, just north of Wikes-Barre.

Other regional wrestlers: Also in the Cadet Class in Fargo, Gettysburg's Montana Delawder finished fifth at 112 pounds, going 5-2.

Spring Grove's Kayla Kehr and Delawder also competed in the Junior Division at 112 but did not place in the top eight. Kehr went 4-2, while Dalawder went 3-2.  

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.