Former Wildcat Josie Bartishofski finished runner-up at 112 pounds at the USA Wrestling/Marine Corps Junior National Championships at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo Wednesday, July 17.

The USA Wrestling/Marine Corps Junior National Championships is the largest wrestling tournament in the world, featuring 4,500 participants competing on 25 mats spread across the FargoDome football field over a span of eight days.

Championship finalists wrestle on center stage under the spotlight for the most coveted accomplishment for a high school wrestler in the country. Bartishofski lost a hard fought 9-3 battle in the women's 112-pound finals to Montana DeLawder of Pennsylvania.

Bartishofski opened the two-day women's Junior freestyle portion of the tournament by defeating Sierra Ramberg of North Dakota 11-0, Stephanie Blankenship of Washington 10-0, Lexy Beadles of California 13-2 and Trinity Berry of Virginia. 18-7. She started day two with a big 6-4 win over Nichole Moore of Kansas in the semifinals before losing the title bout to DeLawder.

This marks the 49th anniversary of the Junior Nationals event, which was first held in 1971 in Iowa City, Iowa. The women's Junior freestyle division, now in its 17th year, has grown in size and quality every season.

Bartishofski, a Wausau native, moved to River Falls as a high school junior and became the first female wrestler to win a Wisconsin Division 1 title this year while helping the Wildcat wrestling team win its first regional team championship in 18 years. She will wrestle collegiately at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D.