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Figueroa, Martinez, Parrish, Piearcy, and Guilford Are National Champions; 23 All-Americans from California

Posted by Pablo DiMaria on

ATLANTA, GA. – The state of California had a successful weekend at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) tournament as a total of 23 athletes from the golden state were triumphant in garnering All-American honors.

Five of its natives claimed individual titles. Starting at 109 where Alleida Martinez (Menlo College) became the first freshman National Champion for the Oaks since 2004 as she downed McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville University via a fall in 3:59 while leading 11-0 at the time. Her Menlo College teammate Gracie Figueroa followed that up with a dominating 7-0 decision over Felicity Taylor of McKendree University, to help Menlo College clinch the team title for the first time with 199.5 points over runners-up Simon Frasier University.
The third Oak to win a national champion was Solin Piearcy at 136. The junior was untouched throughout the competition as she won all her five matches via bonus points. In the finals, she defeated Nicole Joseph of King University 11-1 in 3:56 of their championship bout. With the match tie 1-1 entering the second period, Piearcy took Joseph down and wrapped up her legs to get four consecutive turns and end the match. Menlo earned three National Champions for the first time in program history, and the school's first National Championship.

At 123, National Champion Dominique Parrish (Simon Fraser) was named WCWA Wrestler of the Year after winning her second national title. For the second consecutive season, Parrish had to face her teammate Alex Hedrick in the finals. This time Parrish won with a 7-2 decision. Parrish was in control of the match as she was up 7-0 at one point in the match before giving up a late takedown with seconds left on the match.

The final National Champion from California was Dymond Guilford (Missouri Baptist University) at 170. Guilford navigated her way through a loaded weight class that had six returning WCWA All-Americans in the bracket. In the finals, Guilford defeated Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific) by getting the 10-0 technical fall in 2:05 of their championship match.

Freshman Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) also advance to the finals of the WCWA tournament at 101 but felt 4-2 to Asia Ray (Wayland Baptist University). As the No. 6 seed, Gomez was triumphant in knocking out the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds to advance to the finals. After giving up the initial takedown in the first period, Gomez turned things around by getting a takedown of her own in the second period after a fail headlock attempt by Ray. Nevertheless, Ray replied with a takedown of her own to seal the match and win a national title.

For a second consecutive year, sophomore Alex Hendricks (Simon Frasier) advance to the finals of the national tournament and met up with teammate Dominique Parrish for the 123-pound national title. Just like last year when their bout went the full six minutes, this year was the same. After being down 7-0, Hendricks exposed Parrish back for, but her comeback came a bit too late as time ran out in the period.

Sophomore Nina Pham (Wayland Baptist University) entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and with high hopes of becoming a national champion and an All-American once again. However, her dreams were shattered when she was upset in the quarterfinal round by eventual runner-up Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) 8-5. Pham rebounded back by winning three consecutive matches. Including a 10-0 technical fall over Hiba Salem of Menlo College.

At 157, Alyvia Fiske (Simon Frasier) was edged out in the semis, as she lost a 9-7 decision to Iman Kazem Atherton (Menlo College). She then rebounded for a bronze medal with a 10-4 win over Hannah Gladden of Emmanuel College to conclude her sophomore season as an All-American.

California All-Americans

101 – Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) - 2nd

101 – Nina Pham (Wayland Baptist University) – 3rd

101 – Hiba Salem (Menlo College) – 4th

101 - Junnette Caldera (Jamestown College) – 6th

109 – Alleida Martinez (Menlo College) – NATIONAL CHAMPION

116 – Gracie Figueroa (Menlo College) – NATIONAL CHAMPION

123 – Dominique Parrish (Simon Frasier) – NATIONAL CHAMPION

123 – Alex Hedrick (Simon Frasier) – 2nd

123 – Tiana Jackson (Menlo College) – 6th

130 – Lauren Mason (Simon Frasier) – 3rd

130 – Alyssa Aceval (King University) – 7th

136 – Solin Piearcy (Menlo College) – NATIONAL CHAMPION

136 – Nicole Joseph (King University) – 2nd

136 – Jenna Garcia (Menlo College) – 5th

136 – Destiny Lyng (Oklahoma City University) - 7th

143 – Angela Peralta (Menlo College) – 8th

155 – Ima Kazem (Menlo College) – 2nd

155 – Alyvia Fiske (Simon Frasier) – 3rd

155 – Miranda Velasquez (University of Jamestown) – 8th

170 – Dymond Guilford (Missouri Baptist University) – NATIONAL CHAMPION

170 – Precious Bell (Menlo College) – 4th

191 – Alex Castillo (Campbellsville University) – 7th

191 – Sara Aguilar (Menlo College) – 8th


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