Jacarra Winchester Set to Wrestling on the World StagePosted June 19, 2014
Missouri Valley College Senior Jacarra Winchester (San Leandro, Calif.) will have a busy summer wrestling around the world for two National teams. Winchester will represent the United States wrestling for the University National team and the Senior National team, both at 58kg.
Winchester, an accounting major at Missouri Valley, made the University National team in late March and she earned a spot on the US Senior National team in May when she finished third at the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wisc.
Her busy summer begins with wrestling for the University National team, comprised of college-aged wrestlers, at the University World Championships beginning July 7 in Pecs, Hungary.
“I’ve been hearing from teammates and friends and everyone is really excited about my accomplishments so far,” said Winchester. “My Family isn’t really sure what it all means, but they are proud.”
Once finished with the University World, Winchester will then make her way to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. As a member of the Senior National team she will have full access to the facility, used by Olympic athletes.
“I have to maintain a set schedule, get extra workouts and maintain a proper diet,” said Winchester. “The summer will be tough, it takes a lot of focus.”
Wrestling for the University National team will wrap up in the summer, but her place on the Senior National team lasts through 2014.
“Jacarra has taken advantage of all the opportunities for training that are offered at Missouri Valley,” said Head Women’s Wrestling Coach Carl Murphree. “She puts in a lot of extra work, more than any wrestler I’ve seen and has become a real student of the sport.”
The hard work has paid off for Winchester, who did not know the freestlye-type of wrestling before arriving on campus. In addition to being relatively new to freestyle, she is also wrestling in a heavier weight class with the two National teams. Winchester wrestles at 55kg when competing for Missouri Valley, but for the National teams she wrestles at 58kg.
“Jacarra watches a lot of video, asks a lot of questions and to analyzes techniques,” said Murphree. “She has become a very strong student in the classroom and on the mat during her time here and now becomes part of a long tradition of Viking wrestlers to succeed at a higher level.”
One of those former Vikings to succeed on the world stage is Clarissa Chun who wrestled at Missouri Valley from 1999-2002. Chun won a bronze medal in women’s wrestling at 48kg during the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
Despite the busy summer and appearing for two National teams, Winchester says her first priority once the summer is over is competing for the Viking women’s wrestling team and finishing out her senior season for Missouri Valley.
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