Cutler, Bailor win junior championship

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.  — Who said girls can’t wrestle?

Reed City sophomore Taylor Cutler and Pine River sophomore Holly Bailor helped Team Michigan to the Girls Junior Folkstyle Dual championship last week. Both girls won their respective championship matches as Michigan rolled past California B 43-18.

“It was pretty awesome,” Cutler said. “The whole thing brought us a lot closer as a team, we were all competing for each other.”

Cutler wrestled at 139 pounds and Bailor at 97.

The meet, which is put on by USA Wrestling, included 12 teams from across the country and was held at the Freede Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

After being down 3-0, Michigan surged back to an 18-3 lead after three-straight pins, including one from Cutler.

Cutler pinned California B’s Taea Regus at 1:00, avenging a 2-0 loss she received at the hands of Regus at the Cadet Nationals on Friday.

“This time, I went in there a lot more aggressive,” Cutler said. “I wanted to throw her a lot sooner, and I just pinned her.”

Later in the contest, Michigan took a dominant 33-6 lead after Bailor won by forfeit.

“This obviously means a lot to (Bailor),” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “It can only help her confidence, she’s going to get better.”

Bailor’s pin against California A in the semifinal was integral, helping Michigan to a 30-28 victory.

“It’s great to hear that they had success,” Jones said. “Bailor has hung right there with the boy’s that are at 103 and that has made her a tough wrestler.”

Reed City coach Roger Steig said Cutler’s success on the mat is a credit to her work ethic, both during the season and on her own.

“Cutler is one of the hardest workers we have on the team,” Steig said. “Her technique is as any that I have coached and she competed well for us all year long. I am not surprised that they won.”

Cutler is the only girl on the Coyotes’ roster, but Steig says that she has competed at a high level with the boys.

“She puts a ton of effort into wrestling,” Steig said. “She’s the only girl on our team, but she doesn’t expect any special attention. She just jumps in and does everything. The sky is the limit for her.”