Category Archives: female wrestling

King University Women’s Wrestling Takes 4th Straight Title

The Queens of women’s collegiate wrestling once again comes from King University.

This past weekend the WCWA women’s college national wrestling tournament took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Teams from 32 universities and colleges from across the country were represented. Continue reading King University Women’s Wrestling Takes 4th Straight Title

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OLYMPIC Wrestling RECAP: Japan Continues Dominance; Maroulis Takes first US Gold

Japan took home four golds at the 2016 Olympics, solidifying their position as the best female freestyle wrestling team on the planet.

Now four time Olympic champion Kaori Icho lead the charge, defeating Valeria Koblova of Russia in the finals 3-2 in 58kg finals. Icho dropped in weight from winning gold in 2012, in which she won gold at 63kg. Continue reading OLYMPIC Wrestling RECAP: Japan Continues Dominance; Maroulis Takes first US Gold

Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

365 women from across the planet are heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent their countries in hand to hand combat sports in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Among the returning athletes are 13 gold medalists looking to repeat their success.

Team USA is stacked with talent with Boxing Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (see above) and Judo Gold Medlaist Kayla Harrison leading the way.

Wrestling will also introduce two more weight categories this year.

All Team USA female combat sports except Taekwondo will be broadcast on NBCSN (usually on tape delays and only featured matches). All sports will stream live on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.

Action starts August 6th with the Judo’s 48kg championship. Continue reading Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

No female MMA fighters made the ESPN the Body Issue this year, but women’s combat sports did get two representatives.

Olympians Adeline Gray (wrestling) and Claressa Shields (boxing; 2012 gold medalist) are both in the issue. Both will represent Team USA in Rio. Continue reading Wombat Watercooler -Bellator, POP, and Invicta Adds Fights to a Busy Summer

Watch “Female Fighting: The Time is Now” Documentary

Three years ago, we set out on a mission to find out what makes a woman want to take up fighting and why it has become so popular.

After the growing popularity of InvictaFC, the UFC adding more weight divisions, and growing interest internationally, there was a lot has changed since the we started, but many of the same themes are still there. Continue reading Watch “Female Fighting: The Time is Now” Documentary

USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

The four major hand to hand combat sports sees some familiar and new faces to the Olympic teams.

Judo was the last to see their team Monday as we awaited the May rankings to be announced. Two medalists from London will return to the grand stage as gold medalist Kayla Harrison (78 kg) and bronze medalist Marti Malloy (57 kg) earned their tickets to Rio. Joining them will be Olympic newcomer Angelica Delgado (52 kg).

Continue reading USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

Wrestlers Adeline Gray & Elena Pirozhkova Heading to Olympics

Two female wrestlers have punched their ticket to Rio.

Adeline Gray (75kg) and Elena Pirozhkova (63kg) rolled their way through the US Olympic Trials this past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pirozhkova won her 16 woman tournament, sweeping their two out of three match finals. She won gold at the 2012 World Championships before heading to the Olympics that year. The Russian born wrestler defected with her parents at age 3, and is one of the top ranked wrestlers on the planet. Her pinning of Erin Clodgo was ironic in the fact Clodgo earned the quota spot winning the Pan-Am Games 63kg championship.

Continue reading Wrestlers Adeline Gray & Elena Pirozhkova Heading to Olympics

Kings University “Queens” of Wrestling for Third Straight Year

IMG_0859_RotatorIn what has become a dynasty in women’s collegiate wrestling, King’s University rolled to their third national team title, defeating  Oklahoma City University by 17.5 points.

King’s three individual champions, sophomore Marina Doi (101), senior Samantha Klingel (116) and junior Forrest Molinari (155), were first time winners.

Continue reading Kings University “Queens” of Wrestling for Third Straight Year

Wombat Watercooler – Ansaroff vs. Kish announced; Rizen Japan News

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UFC Tonight announced Wednesday that Justine Kish will make her long awaited UFC debut against Nina Ansaroff January 2nd in Las Vegas at UFC 195.

Kish (4-0) was a part of TUF 20, but didn’t fight because of a knee injury. She has a notable win over top contender Randa Markos. This will be her debut at strawweight.

Ansaroff (6-4) is coming off a decision loss to Juliana Lima, after winning five straight.

The match will air on the preliminary matches on Fox Sports 1.


After being passed up for a title shot, Miesha Tate says she doesn’t know what is next for her.

Tate was on “The MMA Hour” this past Monday to comment about her situation. Tate hasn’t been in touch with the UFC directly since the announcement or Ronda Rousey taking on Holly Holm, having her management handling communications. She stated she refused the fight with Amanda Nunes not because of Nunes, but because it would be a Fight Pass card, which would mean less money. Tate’s opinion is she is undervalued for facing tougher opponents. Nunes would be a great match for her according to Tate.

Tate’s other point was there is no clear path for her to get another title shot. After being promised the title shot after her win against Jessica Eye and having that taken away, she is weary of if she wants to continue fighting; stating a move onto the Fox analyst desk or into movies as an option out of fighting.

Tate and UFC President Dana White will discuss Tate’s future in the next few weeks in Vegas.


Bellator adds another female match for their 146th card in Thackerville, OK, on November 20.

Arlene Blencowe will look to rebound after her loss to Marloes Conene taking on Gabrielle Halloway, who is coming off a loss to Julia Budd.

Blencowe (6-5) won four straight before her loss to Coenen and is a world boxing champion. Halloway has a notable win over Andria Wawro and will fight for the fourth time this year.

The match joins Julia Budd versus Roberta Rovel on the card, which will stream on the prelims on Spike.com.


OneFC announces three female bouts for their upcoming cards.

  • Coming off her KO win over Ann Osman, Irina Mazepa (1-0) will take on boxing world champion Ana Julaton (2-1) at OneFC: Spirit of Champions in Manila, Philippines December 11th.
  • The OneFC card in Phnom Penh, Cambodia December 5th has a pair of atomweight bouts: Tharoth Sam (2-1) takes on Jeet Toshi (2-2), while Vy Srey Chai (0-1) battles Eh Ya Nut (pro debut).

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Shootboxing champion Rena Kubota will make her official transition to MMA on New Years Eve Rizin card. Kubota will face Italian kickboxer Jleana Valentino.

Kubota is a four time shootbox champion and is now training at AACC in Tokyo with InvictaFC champion Ayaka Hamasaki. Valentino has won several regional titles in kickboxing and looks to continue what has been a wave of Italian talent making moves on the world MMA stage.

The match joins Gabrielle Garcia facing a yet to be named opponent. TNA Wrestling star Lei’D Tapa, who is training at American Top Team at present, is being considered for the fight.

World amateur wrestling champion Kanako Murata is also being consider for the card to make her MMA debut.

Part of the Rizin card will air New Years Eve on Spike TV in the U.S.


Speaking of making the transition to MMA, Mackenzie Dern has been training at the MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona with RFA champ Jocelyn Lybarger and  UFC fighter Lauren Murphy to get ready for her first fight in the cage. No word on when that will be.


Raquel Pa’aluhi has been training at the Mayweather gym recently to help with her striking. You can see her show some ground moves here.


InvictaFC star Sharon Jacobson is going to try to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic wrestling team. The qualifying trials are in December with the team trials being in April. Randi Miller has also expressed interest in trying for the team again as well.


Immortal FC has announced two matches for their “Road to Invicta” strawweight tournament.

  • Caroline Silva  vs.  Adriana del Vigna
  • Morgana Silva vs Nicolle Caliari

The matches will happen in Paranagua, Parana, Brazil November 11th. Winner of the tournament will get a contract with Invicta.


A few more matches announced this past week:

  • Leah Nidas looks for her first pro win as she takes on Shaena Cox November 14th at Pure FC in Wisconsin.
  • Andy Nguyen looks for her second win and first pro title as she takes on Melissa Karagahnagis for the CUFF atomweight title in Trinidad.

King Univiersity Takes Another Women’s Wrestling Team Title

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For the second year in a row, King University stands atop of the collegiate women’s wrestling world.

The women’s wrestling powerhouse scored 269 points to take the team title. Campbellsville University, in only their second year as a program, takes the runner-up spot with 196 points, beating well established Oklahoma City University by a single point.

Four King wrestlers took home first place finishes, with three repeating their title; sophomore Haley Augello (116), senior Sarah Hildebrandt (123), and senior Julia Salata (155). Senior Amanda Hendey (143) would take home her first national title.

Marina Doi (101), Hanna Grisewood (123), and Jessi Kee (130) took home second place finishes.

King would also take “Academic Team of the Year”, and “Coach of the Year” in Jason Moorman.

The big story is Emily Webster of Oklahoma City University. The senior made history being the first four-time undefeated champion in Women’s College Wrestling Association history. She got her 118th win with her 10-0 technical fall over Doi at 101 pounds.

Webster was named “Wrestler of the Year” for that feat.

All ten #1 seeds won championships.


Here are the complete results:

Team Standings

  1. King, 269 pts.
  2. Campbellsville, 196
  3. Oklahoma City, 195
  4. Simon Fraser, 172
  5. Lindenwood, 145
  6. McKendree, 114
  7. Wayland Baptist, 113
  8. Univ. of the Cumberlands, 98
  9. Jamestown, 95
  10. Missouri Baptist, 88
  11. Missouri Valley College, 64
  12. Menlo College, 61
  13. Ottawa, 35
  14. Southwestern Oregon CC, 32
  15. Lyon College, 25
  16. Waldorf College, 25
  17. Lindenwood – Belleville, 17
  18. Life, 16
  19. Pacific Univ., 14
  20. Warner Pacific College, 12
  21. Midland, 3

Individual Tiles

101 pounds

  • Championship Match: Emily Webster (Oklahoma City) tech. fall Marina Doi (King Univ.), 10-0
  • Consultation Match: Darby Huckle (Simon Fraser) forfeit over Vanessa Smith (Wayland Baptist)

109 pounds

  • Championship Match: Cody Pfau (Oklahoma City) pin Abby Lloyd (Simon Fraser), 2:50
  • Consultation Match: Grace Paxton (Univ. of the Cumberlands) pin Breonnah Neal (King Univ.), 5:13

116 pounds

  • Championship Match: Haley Augello (King Univ.) tech. fall Diaysha Moore (Lindenwood) , 12-2
  • Consultation Match:  Amy Fearnside (Jamestown) dec. Shelby Morrison (Oklahoma City), 7-6

123 pounds

  • Championship Match: Sarah Hildebrandt (King Univ.) dec. Hanna Grisewood (King Univ.), 8-0
  • Consultation Match: Tarkyia Mensah (Wayland Baptist) tech. fall Bree Rapoza (Missouri Baptist), 12-1

130 pounds

  • Championship Match: Jacarra Winchester (Missouri Valley) dec. Jessi Kee (King Univ.), 2-0
  • Consultation Match:  Brieana Delgado (Oklahoma City) dec. Rosemary Flores (Campbellsville), 2-1

136 pounds

  • Championship Match:  Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) dec. Shai Mason (Jamestown), 4-0
  • Consultation Match: Monica Ramirez (Lindenwood) dec. Forrest Molinari (King Univ.), 6-4

143 pounds

  • Championship Match: Amanda Hendey (King Univ.) pin Kayla Aggio (Oklahoma City), 1:07
  • Consultation Match: Cheyenne Youngblood (Missouri Baptist) dec. Hannah Gladden (Campbellsville), 6-3

155 pounds

  • Championship Match: Julia Salata (King Univ.) tech. fall Hanna Hall (Campbellsville), 10-0
  • Consultation Match: Bailey Halvorson (Simon Fraser) dec. Alexis Porter (McKendree), 7-3

170 pounds

  • Championship Match: 1st- Victoria Francis (Lindenwood) pin Ashley Miles (McKendree), 2:07
  • Consultation Match: Lorrie Ramos (King Univ.) pin Nahiela Magee (Wayland Baptist), 1:12

191 pounds

  • Championship Match: Tiara Scott (Campbellsville) dec. Brandy Lowe (Ottawa), 11-8
  • Consultation Match: Payton Smith (Simon Fraser) pin Jackie Williams (King Univ.), 1:24

Artemis Film Festival to Spotlight Women’s Fight Documentaries & Films

 

artemis-film-festival 3There has been many films that have covered female fighting in one form of another for the past fifty years; from documentaries to major motion pictures.

The new millennium and the increase of female participation in combat sports has saw growth in to many of these stories being told.

The Artemis Film Festival is looking to highlight these stories as they are currently working their first event for April 2015.

They have started an Indie Go Go campaign to help get the event going.

We talked to the organizers Sean Newcombe and Melanie Wise about their inspiration for the festival and how women’s combat sports have been a big part of it.


Wombat Sports: How did the idea of the Artemis Film Festival come about?

Artemis Film Festival: The idea came about through inspiration, really. We have all been devoted to female action films from the standpoint of the sheer joy we have for physically strong female characters, but also from the standpoint of our passion for having a positive effect on the image of women in film and culture. We’ve all been completely focused on writing and creating female action films. We thought that having a film festival focused on female action heroes would allow for people who share our passion for strong female characters to celebrate this genre. We also felt it would be an opportunity to spotlight the power of women in our culture.

We wanted the festival to be a place where the legions of fans who love female action heroes could go and enjoy a array of great films in one place and at one time. (Female action films are a $3 billion industry, so this is not a niche.) The fact that such a festival had never been done before boggled our minds.

By showcasing such films, we could also draw attention to women as heroes, fighters and leaders, rather than as long-suffering wives, dutiful assistants and victims. We hope that we could help change the narrative of how women are portrayed in film.

Lastly, film often reflects and influences how we see ourselves, and celebrating these films, we hope, will help positively influence how women and girls perceive their power and status in culture.

Wombat: Can you tell us about the festival?

Artimis: We plan to show both classic female action films such as “Aliens” and “Kill Bill” and also showcase new films by unknown filmmakers in our festival competition. We want to be a venue that encourages new and unknown filmmakers to make female action films. If there’s an outlet for such films, they are more likely to be made.

We are also going to have an awards ceremony for films in competition and give awards to the women who are both pioneers and stars in female action films made by Hollywood. We have sent many invites to well-known female action stars and expect to hear from them soon. Also, we want to honor stuntwomen, athletes (women’s mma, of course) and female first-responders, such as military women.

W.S.: The culture has shifted in both entertainment and sports in term of female roles. What are you thoughts about the societal change?

AFF: There’s has been a shift in reality, in our everyday lives, but there has not necessarily been a shift in how that reality is portrayed in the media. While Hollywood has recently realized the power of the female action film market, they’ve been slow to broaden their portrayals of women to reflect the dynamism and power that can be seen in women in every aspect of our culture. We hope that our festival will help prod a faster shift to not only more roles for women in film (right now less than one out of every three speaking characters in a Hollywood movie, on average, is female), but to stronger, better roles for women.

W.S.: What kind of reaction have you seen among the female fight community?

AFF: The response from women, generally, has been extraordinary! The women we’ve heard from both in social media and in daily life has been completely positive, passionate and vocal.

With respect to the women’s mma community, we have not heard a lot, unfortunately. We’d love to hear more from them because we are huge supporters of womens mma! We love the sport and we’d love to celebrate it at our festival. Women’s mma is at the forefront of positively shifting societal images of female physical power. (Invicta FC and Tuf 20 are just two examples of that positive shift.) We want to honor that.

W.S.: You have an indie go-go started to make this event happen. What benefits can people expect for supporting the festival?

AFF: They can expect to see a festival which will properly honors the female action genre in a manner it deserves. We’d like our festival to have as broad a reach as possible so that we can include as many of the great films and as many of the women who are part of this cultural gender shift as possible.

Our crowdfunding is intended to allow us to show more classic films, more films from new, unknown filmmakers in the competition and offer a chance to honor the kind of women we mentioned above. We’d also like to make sure that the experience of the people who attend the festival is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

By crowdfunding we feel that we can offer a broader, bolder festival.

W.S.: Anything you want to add?

AFF: We want this festival to be fun, but we also want to open minds. The empowerment of women is at the center of what this festival is about. It’s the soul of it, in fact.

Also, we’d like to say that we love your blog and are big supporters of women’s combat sports!

Thank you for allowing us to talk with you about our festival!

Help us Create a New Wombat Sports

writers-wantedAs I explained in my open letter, I am looking to change Wombat Sports to what it was initially meant to be. I can’t do this on my own, and that;s where you come in.

We are looking for contributors to help with writing articles and covering certain combat sports. You would also get to interview talented athletes in those sports.

The main contributors we are looking for is in women’s boxing, Muay Thai, freestyle wrestling, and BJJ. (We already have some people interested in covering the WMMA portion of the site). The cool things is I have the tools to gain news and info for these sports, just not the time to write it up. You can “learn on the job” if you aren’t an expert on these topics; but being curious is the key thing.

You can learn more about what I am expecting and what benefits come with being a part of Wombat Sports here.