College Park’s Brittyn Corbishley ended her high school season with her second consecutive state championship back in April.
But there was still more to achieve after that and before her college career begins.
A national championship was something Corbishley was motivated by as well during her senior year.
And she achieved that in impressive fashion last week in Fargo, North Dakota.
Corbishley won the national championship last week in the 180-pound weight class during the 2021 US Marine Corps 16U & Junior Nationals.
The recent College Park graduate won all five of her matches without allowing a single point in the freestyle tournament.
Erik Spjut, head coach for College Park as well as for Team Texas wrestling, which was the organization that went to the event, felt Corbishley had a great shot at a national championship going in.
“Rankings or not, I know she’s the best wrestler in the country when she wrestles well,” Spjut said of Corbishley, who came in No. 4. “It just depends mentally where she’s at. She came into this tournament in the right spot mentally and she did the right things training wise. She probably wrestled the best I’ve ever seen her wrestle at that tournament.
“It was good way to end her high school.”
Corbishley capped her high school career with the Lady Cavaliers at the Berry Center in April with a 66-0 record her upperclassmen seasons. She defeated Katy Tompkins’ Nicole Blinn at the 1:35 mark to earn her second state title, becoming the second College Park wrestler to win state gold twice (teammate Olivia DeGeorgio was the first to achieve that distinction about an hour earlier in the meet).
“That was the goal for her coming in at the beginning of the school year was to win the national championship out in Fargo,” Spjut said. “I think this was her fourth trip and she’s All-American. She’s been in the top-8 a bunch of times.”
Corbishley was runner-up in Fargo in 2019 and the event was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.
After the high school season ended, Corbishley was ranked No. 1 in the nation for her weight class. She went on to compete for Team Texas during the national duals and lost a match to Missouri’s Jaycee Foeller.
“That girl ended up passing her up in the rankings and Brittyn dropped to fourth,” Spjut explained. “(Brittyn) actually drew the girl from Missouri in the national semifinals in Fargo. She ended up tech-falling her in 45 seconds. Got a little bit of revenge there.”
Corbishley went on to defeat Taryn Martin by technical fall in the championship.
Up next for Corbishley is college wrestling at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. The Rams are an NAIA program.
“I think she’s going to go in and have a chance at winning a national championship as a freshman in college,” Spjut said. “She’s that talented.”
The Team Texas women’s team, coached by Erik Spjut as well as his sister Lindsey Spjut (also an assistant for College Park) finished second.
College Park had nine wrestlers total compete at nationals.
In the junior freestyle tournament, College Park standouts included Corey Camden, who went 4-2 in the 132-pound weight class. A.J. Marino (120 pounds) was 3-2 and Jakob Smith (145) had a pair of wins.
Joshua Walters (132) won twice in the 16U Greco Roman and had a win in the 16U freestyle tournament. Incoming freshman Caio Aron (106) had two wins in the 16U freestyle.
“Really just to get that many kids out there and competing at that level is really encouraging,” Spjut said.