Skyline’s Taja Showers Earns All-American Honors

Skyline High School freshman wrestler Taja Showers earned All-American honors for the second year in a row with her performance at the U.S. Marine Corps Girls Folkstyle National tournament.

Showers, a member of the Hawks wrestling team, finished seventh in the Junior Division to earn All-American honors and also claimed the Cadet Division championship as the only wrestler entered.

“Competing at the nationals was a fun experience and seeing all different levels of girls wrestling is pretty cool,” Showers said. “This was my second year attending, but my first wrestling in a high school division.”

The tournament, held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, featured several hundred Showers started her girl wrestlers and over 200 teams nationwide.

Showers wrestled as a member of the Virginia National team.

“There was a lot of tough competition bumping up a division and weight class,” said Showers, who weighed in just under 200 pounds, but competed in the 220-pound Junior Division. “I gave up 30 plus pounds, so placing in that division was an amazing feeling.”

Showers started her run in the Junior Division with a bye before losing her next match to Arianna Cobian of California.

Showers rebounded with a second period pin over Iris Jeouli of Georgia.

After being pinned in her next match against Katerina Pena of Akins High of Texas, Showers earned her medal with a second period pin over Kaitlyn Vanhouse of the Ohio National team.

“I’m very proud of her results at this tournament,” Skyline wrestling coach Matt Keel said. “She did a great job an represented her school and community well.”

The showing at the tournament made Showers a three-time All-American and two-time national champ.

“Placing and winning at this level feels great,” Showers said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to go with the Virginia National team and meet so many girls that have the same passion for wrestling that I do. I’m already excited to compete in next year’s Girls Folkstyle Nationals.”

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