Fourth-Form wrestler Daniella Gasso was named All-American Wrestler on February 26th, 2022, with her performance at the 86th Annual National Prep Wrestling Championships in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Daniella, who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, placed second at the Prep National Championships to earn the title of All-American. While this is a great accomplishment, this is just her first full year of wrestling, “This is just the beginning," she says, as she looks forward to the next two years.
Daniella started wrestling this past winter term in the 106 weigh class, making tremendous strides throughout the regular season. Unfortunately, she missed the Eastern Independent League Tournament due to a COVID-19 exposure protocol. Daniella then came back to wrestle in the Girls' New England Tournament (2022 NEISWA Prep Tournament) at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, with a tough loss in the first round. She pinned her way through the Consi-rounds, where she finally placed fourth while competing against girls from prep schools of all sizes.
Then at the 2022 National Preps, Daniella came into her own, quickly pinning her way up through the 107 weight bracket until the finals, where she met Sakina Cotton from Phillips Andover, ending with second place after a quick fall by Cotton.
“It was an experience, being out there in front of everyone; all the work I did throughout the year was right there. It was nice to show the girls at Portsmouth Abbey that everybody can wrestle,” Daniella said.
“Portsmouth Abbey Girls' Wrestling has grown to include five girls this season, up from two in 2021. We are all excited to congratulate Dani for her national runner-up placing, and as the first All-American wrestler from Portsmouth Abbey. I see great things happening in our future.” – Coach Mike McLarney.
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107 Daniella SemiFinal
107 Daniella QuarterFinal
107 Daniella 2ndPlace
Courtesy of Thomas Roskelly P '23