MVC Women's Wrestling Competes in Day One of Nationals

Posted January 24, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230, pulverentia@moval.edu

 

MVC WOMEN’S WRESTLING COMPETES IN DAY ONE OF NATIONALS

 

Marshall, Mo. (January 24, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College women’s wrestling program competed in day one of the WCWA National Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., Friday. After the first day of wrestling the Vikings are No. 14 with 23 points. King College currently leads the team standings with 129 total points.

 

Missouri Valley Results:

109 pounds- Sophomore Samantha Higa (Aiea, Hawai’i) received a bye in the first round. Higa was defeated by a 10-0 technical fall in her second round match against No.4 Taylor Zboray of Midland University. Higa received a bye in the second round of consolation bracket. In the consolation third round Higa earned a 10-0 technical fall victory over Isabella Silva of Missouri Baptist University.

 

116 pounds- Senior Samantha Lovelace (South Prairie, Wash.) was defeated in her first round match by No.6 Shelby Morrison of Oklahoma City University in a first period pin. Lovelace received a first round consolation bye. In the consolation second round Lovelace defeated Amber Schlatter of the University of Jamestown in a 10-0 technical fall. Lovelace was eliminated in the consolation third round after being defeated by Sherri Berube of University of the Cumberlands in a 12-2 technical fall.

 

123 pounds- Freshman Christy Powell (Atlanta, Ga.) received a bye in the first round. Powell was defeated in her second round by a first period pin Cady Chessin of Menlo College. Powell was eliminated one round later after being defeated by Yolonda Lawes of Southwestern Oregon Community College in a 7-2 decision.

 

130 pounds- Senior Mayleen Soto (Azusa, Calif.) was defeated in her first round match by No.3 Rosemary Flores of Campbellsville University in a first period pin. Soto won her consolation first round match by a 10-0 technical fall against Siobhan Esquerra of Cumberlands University. Soto advanced in the consolation bracket with a second round win over Diana Nevarez of McKendree University with a first period pin. In the consolation third round Soto earned a 6-0 decision victory over Jeanette Naranjo of Menlo College to advance.

 

143 pounds- No.6 Senior Frances Efiong (Arlington, Texas) received a bye in the first round, then won her second round match by a 10-0 technical fall over Serena Castro of Southwestern Oregon Community College. Efiong was defeated in the quarterfinals by No. 2 Stephanie Geltmacher of Oklahoma City University in a 3-0 decision.

 

155 pounds- Freshman Ku’uleilani Lankford (Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) received a bye in the first round. Lankford was defeated by a 10-0 technical fall in her second round match against Michelle Organ of Campbellsville University. In her first consolation match Lankford defeated Amelia Miller of Northwest Kansas Tech by a 3-2 decision. Lankford was eliminated in the next round as she lost to Angelica Hernandez of the University of the Cumberlands in an 11-0 technical fall.

 

170 pounds- No. 9 Senior Brittany Jones (Grapevine, Texas) defeated Mikayla Mathews of Lindenwood University-St. Charles by a 10-5 decision. Jones lost her quarterfinal match to No. 2 Lorrie-Ann Ramos of King College in a first period pin.

 

191 pounds- No.10 Sophomore Jessica Ulloa (Concord, Calif.) received a bye in the first round. Ulloa was defeated in her second round match by a fourth period pin from Kharyi Howell of Jamestown University. Ulloa advanced in the consolation bracket with a first period pin of Kiley Flores of Wayland Baptist University. Ulloa was eliminated in her next match by Melissa Starheim of Southwestern Oregon Community College in a first period pin.

 

The Vikings will continue action at the WCWA Nationals Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.



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