Women’s Wrestling Finishes 11th, three place at WCWA Nationals

Women’s Wrestling Finishes 11th, three place at WCWA Nationals

It was a successful weekend on the mats for the Menlo College women’s wrestling team who saw three wrestlers place in an 11th place team finish. With 21 teams and over 200 wrestlers competing senior Kalin Knight-Alvarez finished sixth at 116 pounds, sophomore Cady Chessin notched a fifth place finish at 123 pounds, and senior Lauren Richardson claimed eighth at 116 pounds. Additionally, Rachel Chinn, Jessica Marso and Biana Arizipe each won two or more matches to notch team points for the navy and white. As a team, the Oaks won 21 matches this year compared to just seven a season ago.

Fifth-ranked Senior Kalin Knight-Alvarez started the day off by pinning Alanda Nguyen of Life University in just 1:25 seconds. She followed up with a technical fall over Dayana Ramierez of Waldorf College then drew fourth-ranked Shelby Morrison of Oklahoma City University in the quarterfinal.

Morrison, who placed fourth in the tournament pinned Knigh-Alvarez in 1:07. The senior won her next two matches to advance to the consolation semifinals. Second ranked Amy Fearnside of University of Jamestown awaited her, and ultimately took an 11-3 decision from the senior. In the fifth place match, and her seventh match of the weekend, Knight-Alvarez dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 6 Laura Anderson to earn sixth place, and claim All-American status.

Menlo’s highest finisher at this year’s national tournament was Cady Chessin. Chessin, a returning All-American who finished second a season ago, claimed fifth place at 123 pounds. She rambled off a pair of wins to advance to the semifinals where she faced defending national champion Sarah Hilderbrandt of King University. In a highly-competitive match, Hilderbrandt, claimed her second consecutive national title, and downed Chessin 10-6. In the consolation semifinals, Chessin was pinned by Bree Rapoze of Missouri Baptist before claiming a 10-0 tech fall over Montana Drum in the fifth place match to secure her All-American status.

Menlo’s final All-American was senior Lauren Richardson. Coming into the tournament unranked at 116 pounds, Richardson went 5-2 including three tech falls, and two pins to claim eighth place.