The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Wrestling team opened up its 2012-2013 season this past weekend as they competed in the Cliff Keen Duals at Oklahoma City University. The Patriots ended the duals going 3-3 and securing a 7th place finish. The Patriots would earn victories over King College "B", Belleville, and Wayland Baptist but would fall to Missouri Valley, Jamestown, and Simon Frazier.
The Patriots opened up the Duals with King College "B". The Patriots earned wins in 5 of 10 matches to earn a 24-19 victory.
In the 101 lb weight class, senior Opelia Felipe (Rome, GA) won by decision against K. Barnes with a score of 3,0 6-0 to give UC an early 4-0 lead. The next victory didn't come until the 143 pound class where Brittany Gadd (Mercer, PA) would defeat E. Reyna by a score of 4-0, 7-0 to bring the Patriots back with 7 points at 11-18. Two straight forfeit victories for the Patriots' Sydney Nelson (Kingsland, GA) and Lourdes Hernandez (El Paso, TX) would give UC a 21-18 lead. A final victory by Jenette Mitchell (Monroe Township, NJ) over K. Allison by a score of 2-0, 1-5, 4-3 would give UC the 24-19 victory.
UC would then go one to take on Belleville and would earn a runaway win in this one defeating Belleville by a score of 40-5, winning 9 of 10 matches.
Felipe earned a victory in every match during the dual including forfeit wins for Felipe, Jessica Nguyen (San Antonio, TX), Siobhan Esquerra (West Covina, CA), Hernandez, and Aviance Watters (Houston, TX). Alexandria Campbell (Austin, TX) earned a win in the 109 pound class over A. Hoshide by a score of 4-1, 1-5, 6-1. Sherry Berube (Corbell, MI) would earn a 3 point victory defeating L. Rodriguez 5-3, 4-2 to extend the lead. Gadd would earn her 2nd victory of the duals over L. Carter by a score of 7-0, 5-0. Nelson would end her match very quickly earning a pinfall victory over S. Ayala in just 30 seconds to secure the victory and go 2-0 in Friday's matches.
The Patriots would start Saturday off a little sluggish as they fell to Simon Frazier by a score of 28-8. UC would earn victories in just one match in this dual as Campbell would earn a forfeit win in the 109 pound class. Although all the matches were very competitive, the Patriots would fall as they headed into their next match with Missouri Valley. UC had more success in this match, but still not enough to knock off Missouri Valley as they fell by a score of 33-14. Felipe continued to look solid in her match as she scored a pinfall victory in the 2nd period giving UC an early 5-0 lead. The Patriots would get their next victory in the 143 pound class via forfeit to Kerstin Harmon (Bellefontaine, OH). Nelson would give UC its last victory in the dual in the 191 pound class defeating T. Hartfield by a score of 4-0, 1-0.
Now at 2-2, the Patriots would take on Jamestown, another top team in the country. UC would compete throughout much of the dual but would fall short losing to Jamestown by a score of 31-16. Felipe would earn her 4th victory and 2nd pinfall victory of the day over G. Palencia in 35 seconds to give UC an early 5-0 lead again. UC would extend their lead in the 116 pound class via a forfeit win to Berube to give UC an 11-4 lead. Gadd would help UC jump back into the match with a win in the 143 pound class over K. Kruczek by a score of 4-0, 3-1 to make it 18-15 in favor of Jamestown, but UC would not be able to overcome the lead.
This set the Patriots up for a 7th place match in the finals against Wayland Baptist. Winning 6 of 10 matches in the dual, the Patriots would earn the victory by a score of 27-20. Felipe, Esquerra, and Mitchell would all earn forfeit victories in the dual. Berube would win the 123 pound class match over N. Carrillo via decision by a score of 7-1, 7-3. Nguyen earned a tech fall victory over J. Von Behren by a score of 8-2, 6-0 in the 123 pound class. Nelson would also score a pinfall victory in the 155 pound class over J. Woods to secure the victory.
The Patriots will be back in action on November 1st as they travel to King College in Bristol, TN for the King College Duals.
For more information on the Patriot Women's Wrestling team as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article provided by Alyssa Burke, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Graduate Assistant