MARSHALL, Mo. — Iowa Wesleyan women’s wrestling competed at the Missouri Valley Open over the weekend.
The Wrestling Open featured wrestlers from every NCAA level, NAIA and NJCAA. The Tigers brought in 12 wrestlers in seven weight classes.
Alaina Sunlin represented the Tigers in the 101-pound weight class. Wrestler’s opening match #8 vs. Missouri Valley College’s Tracey Kessler. Sunlin would win in 1:00 by the fall.
In Sunlin’s second match, she defeated Wayland Baptist University’s Malarie Dominguez in 15th place. Sunlin would once again finish off her competition quickly, winning in 31 seconds by the fall. In her 3rd match, Sunlin won again in the fall, this time in 22 seconds over University of Saint Mary’s Alyssa Cordova.
In the quarterfinals, Sunlin fell to Emilie Gonzalez, who wrestled unconnected from the University of Iowa, by tech fall 12-2. In their consolation match, Sunlin fell by decision 14-8 to 6th-ranked Esthela Trevino of Southern Oregon and finished so your weekend.
Camiya Cook was one of the two Tiger wrestlers in the 109-pound weight class. She received a bye in her first matchup before taking on University of Providence’s Nyla O’Brien, where she fell 11-0 by tech-fall. She would get a bye in her first consolation game before taking on Iowa Central’s Dianna Pineda, where she fell in 26 seconds, ending her weekend.
No. 2 Mia Palumbo was the second of the two Tiger wrestlers in the 109-pound weight class. Palumbo would be awarded a bye in their first round. In her second-round matchup, she beat Colorado Mesa’s Isabella Richards 11-0 via tech fall.
In her round of 16 matchup, she won again by Tech-Fall, this time 10-0 over Iowa Central’s Chloe St. Clair. In their quarterfinal matchup, Palumbo won by decision, 10-4 over No. 9 Jasmine Sands of Texas Wesleyan.
In their semifinal match, Palumbo lost 6-2 to Nyla Valecia, an independent wrestler from the University of Iowa. In their first consolation game, Palumbo defeated Gannon University’s Julianne Moccia 8-3 to enter the third-place playoff. Palumbo finished third with a 3-0 win via decision over McKendree University’s Pauline Granados. Palumbo’s third-place finish led the Tigers over the weekend.
Faith Cole in 11th place represented the Tigers in the 116-pound weight class. Cole received a bye in their opening match. In her second match of the day, she faced Indiana Tech’s Isabelle Silva and was able to prevail by the fall in 5:58.
In Cole’s round of 16 match, she lost to 15th-ranked Baker University’s Kylie Robledo in the fall in 5:01. Cole would wrestle 8th in her consolation match against Baker University’s Katherine Heath, winning by decision 10-4. In her 2nd consolation game in the fall, she lost in 4:17 to Oklahoma City’s Avery Ashley in 5th place, ending her weekend.
In the 123-pound weight class, Nonnie Justice would be one of two wrestlers to represent the Tigers in the bracket. Justice would receive a bye in their opening round matchup. In her second round matchup, she lost to Life University’s Anna Krejsa by falling in 1:46.
In her first consolation match, she faced teammate Zoi Smith, where she would win by fall in 1:21. In her second consolation game, she lost 1:14 to Colorado Mesa’s Cordey Mallo in the fall, ending her weekend.
In the 123-pound weight class, Zoi Smith would be the second of two wrestlers to represent the Tigers in the bracket. She lost her opening-round matchup to University of Saint Mary’s Alisha Van Scoy by Tech Fall, 16-6. In her first consolation game, she would be awarded a bye. In her 2nd matchup she would face off against her teammate Nonnie Justice where she would fall in 1:21.
In the 130-pound weight class, ranked 10th, Destiny Campbell would be one of two wrestlers representing the Tigers in the bracket. Campbell defeated Ally Arrington, an untied athlete, in 38 seconds.
In their second-round matchup, she would win 4-3 over Colorado Mesa’s Elizabeth Miller. In their round of 16 matchup, Campbell lost by falling 4:26 to Campbellsville University’s Cameron Ortiz. Campbell lost 10-0 to Colorado Mesa’s Hailey Chapman by tech fall to end her contest.
In the 130-pound weight class, ranked 11th, Joanna Vanderwood would be the second of two wrestlers representing the Tigers in the bracket. In her first round matchup, she would take on Rontaysi Payne, an untied athlete, defeating her 12-2 via tech fall. In their second-round matchup, Vanderwood defeated 19th-ranked University of Saint Mary’s Teya Villalpando 8-2.
Vanderwood defeated No. 5 Sophia Smith of Oklahoma City 4-0 in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, McKendree University’s Cameron Guerin would defeat Vanderwood 10-0 via tech fall. In Vanderwood’s first consolation game, Vanderwood was defeated by Techfall 10-0 by Simon Fraser’s Marquesi Haintz.
In the 143-pound weight class, Michaela Blume would be one of three wrestlers representing the Tigers in the bracket. Blume defeated Lily McKaig of Colorado Mesa by Fall in 5:56. Blume defeated University of Saint Mary’s Sidalie Jaramillo by fall in 2:06. Campbellsville University’s No. 2 Emma Walker defeated Blume by falling in 22 seconds. In her first consolation game, Blume lost 10-0 to Grand View University’s Cherei Jones via tech fall, ending her weekend.
In the 143-pound weight class, Naida Abdijanovic would be the second of three wrestlers to represent the Tigers in the bracket. Abdijanovic lost her opening round matchup to Missouri Valley’s Aniseta Acosta by Fall, 2-12. In their first consolation match, Abdijanovic defeated Sara Souresjhan of Avila University by Fall in 2:18. In their second consolation game, Abdijanvoic lost by tech crash 10-0 to Missouri Baptist’s Josette Partney, who is ranked 10th.
In the 143-pound weight class, Isabelle Hawley would be the third of three wrestlers to represent the Tigers in the bracket. Hawley lost her first-round matchup to Emmanuel College’s Giana Anaya, 7-4. Hawley defeated Avila University’s Jessica Miller 6-0 in their first consolation round matchup. In the second round of consolation rounds, Hawley lost 2-13 to Melany Vry of Grand View University by Fall.
In the 191-pound weight class, Grace Gray would represent the Tigers. Gray would be awarded a bye in their 1st round matchup. In her second matchup, the No. 11 Grace Kristoff of Southern Oregon defeated Gray by Fall in 43 seconds. In her first consolation game, she would be awarded a bye. In her second consolation game, she defeated Samantha Ruano of William Penn University by Fall in 2:13. In her third consolation game, she faced Emmanuel College’s Alyssa Arana, losing by decision 10-2 to end her contest.
The Tigers will be back in action on December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in a top 10 matchup when the 9th-ranked Tigers host the 3rd-ranked Grand View University Vikings.