Just an 8th Grader at Forestdale School, 14-year-old was MIAA 127-lb. State Champ for Malden HS in 2022
Malden eighth-grader Corynne McNulty was crowned 16U National Champion in the 127-lb. weight class this past weekend at the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska. After battling through a bloody nose in the earlier rounds, she won the crown in overtime, no less, with a takedown point.
It was McNulty’s second National Championship is as many years. Last year she won the 2022 14U National title at 127 lbs., also in Omaha, Neb.
“When it was overtime, I knew I couldn’t just freak out and shoot bad shots because I didn’t want to give up a point,” McNulty said in an online report. “I knew I had to stay calm.”
In OT, McNulty battled Iowa’s Mackenzie Childers, and when she saw an opening, she went with a sweep move for the title-clinching point with a takedown.
McNulty is an eighth-grader at the Forestdale School in Malden, and last year became the youngest female wrestler in MIAA history to win a State Championship, capturing the 127-lb. title while competing for the Greater Boston League Malden/Everett coed co-op Wrestling Team.
This week she told a Boston Globe reporter she does not know where she will go to high school next year.
“It’s very crazy,” McNulty said in an online report. “I never would have thought I’d get to this level. It’s amazing how much work and, if you’re really determined, how far you can get. It’s intimidating with these other girls, but I’ve gotten used to it.”