Women’s Wrestling Shines at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Women’s Wrestling Shines at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

By Aaron Gillespie, Sports Information Director

Menlo College Women’s Wrestling completed its most successful season in program history in February, finishing seventh in the nation with five wrestlers earning All-American status at the WCWA National Tournament. Headlining that performance in February was junior standout Cady Chessin (Los Gatos, Calif.) who finished third overall to become just the second wrestler in Women’s Wrestling history to achieve All-American status in each of her first three seasons. As a result of her top-three overall finish, Chessin qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City.

One of just three collegiate competitors in the 53kg weight class, Chessin had a great showing at the Olympic Trials, finishing 3-2 and sixth place overall against 16 of the nation’s best wrestlers in her weight class. After losing her first match to Sarah Hildebrandt of the New York Athletic Club, Chessin picked up a big 9-0 win over fellow collegiate competitor Rachel Archer of Oklahoma City. She then ran off wins over Deanna Betterman (3-0) and picked up a 6-1 decision victory over the third place finisher at the 2014 U.S. World Team Trials, Jessica Medina.

That win set the stage for a clash of Menlo Women’s Wrestling’s past and present in the consolation semifinals when Chessin drew Menlo alum and two-time national champion Katherine Fulp-Allen. Prior to Cady, Fulp-Allen was the only women’s wrestler in program history to achieve All-American status in each of her first three seasons. Fulp-Allen has had nothing short of a remarkable career since leaving Menlo’s campus, earning a spot on the Women’s National Team four different times and finishing third at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials.

She added one more National Team qualification to her resume with a 6-1 decision victory over Chessin to advance to the consolations finals where she downed Michaela Hutchinson 6-5 to take third.

“Katherine and her sister Sarah are two of the best wrestlers in program history and for Cady to wrestle Katherine late in the tournament was huge for her,” said Assistant Coach Marcus Randolph who coached Cady at the Olympic trials. “For Cady to go 3-2 in such a competitive tournament as a junior in college is a credit to her, her family, and the women’s wrestling program.”