We are in world famous Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 20th installment of the Dave Schultz International Wrestling tournament. Wrestlers from across the globe have some to earn championships in honor of the legendary wrestler.
The women have 10 divisions to gain titles with some familiar names and up and coming talent.
The growth of women’s wrestling from the kids to the collegiate level has been growing by leaps and bound the past few years.
The newest college to start a team has been the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana. After the announcement early this year, Coach Tony DeAnda has assembled a solid team headed by All American Tatum Sparks, who already took third at the U23 World Team Trials a few weeks ago.
Wombat Sports and their media branch “Flairdog Productions” will be following the Lady Argos through their first season.
We will start by introducing you to three of the wrestling team members; the aforementioned Sparks; local Montana wrestler Austin Wortman; and Japan’s Yurie Yoneoka.
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.
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).
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.
This past weekend, 42 lady wrestlers took their first successful steps to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Team USA Olympic Trails qualifier were held in Vegas with six weight class tournaments. Wrestlers in the top 7 spots would qualify for the Team USA selection tournament in April. National collegiate champion Cody Pfau of Oklahoma City took the top spot at the 48 kg/105.5 tournament.
National champion Tamyra Mensah (Wayland Baptist University) also took home gold at the event, having defeated 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller in the 69 kg/152 lbs finals. This is the second time Mensah defeated Miller at a national qualifying tournament. Mensah would take home “Outstanding Wrestler” for the event.
2012 Olympic vet Kelsey Campbell took the number 2 spot in her tournament, losing to Teshya Alo in the 58 kg/128 lbs. finals.
InvictaFC MMA star Sharon Jacobson (5th at 53 kg/116.5 lbs) also qualified for the Olympic Trials.
Interviews with the winners are linked below courtesy USA Wrestling
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:
King, 269 pts.
Oklahoma City, 195
Simon Fraser, 172
Wayland Baptist, 113
Univ. of the Cumberlands, 98
Missouri Baptist, 88
Missouri Valley College, 64
Menlo College, 61
Southwestern Oregon CC, 32
Lyon College, 25
Waldorf College, 25
Lindenwood – Belleville, 17
Pacific Univ., 14
Warner Pacific College, 12
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)