Avon’s Levendusky takes 4th in Junior Division at National Championships
July 21, 2018


FARGO, ND — Avon’s Joye Levendusky placed 4th in the Junior division at the Fargo National Championships on July 17–18th in North Dakota, the highest finish for any New York woman along with teammate Riley Dalrymple from Central NY.

NY entered 35 young women and only 5 made the top 8 to the podium, qualifying them to be All-Americans.

Coming off an injury, Ranked #13 in the country by USA Wrestling, placing 4th was not something anyone expected, especially after not having had a full training regimen. Levendusky had different thoughts.

“I wanted to make the top 4,” she said. “I accomplished my goal, and I’m satisfied with that.”

Wrestling in the 152-pound class, Levendusky scored dramatic wins along the way, including a comeback win over an Oregon opponent in the Round of 16, a 3-1 battle over NY teammate Kendra Cheers in the consolations, and a 7-5 win over a Washington opponent in the consolation semis to advance to the 3rd place match. She finished 5-2 at Fargo, both losses to the same opponent.

Joye completes her high school career a 3x Fargo All-American and overall 7x All-American at national USA Wrestling events. She also won four NYS titles along the way. She’ll attend McKendree University in IL, a top 5 Women’s college wrestling program, in the fall.