The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Wrestling team was back on the road this weekend as they traveled to Oklahoma City to compete in the Oklahoma City University Duals. The Patriot ladies ended the weekend at 4-3 overall, with the "A" team going 3-1 securing a 6th place finish.
The Patriot ladies first dueled against Jamestown. The ladies gave a valiant effort but fell 15-29. Those individuals with wins were Dominique Velazquez (Fontana, CA) who defeated Rosie Gomez by fall, Stephanie Solorzano (Hialeah, HI) won by forfeit, and Siobhan Esquerra (West Covina, CA) defeated Austin Wortman by tech fall.
Cumberlands second test of the day would be their "B" team competing against Waldorf College and they would prove successful as they defeated the Warriors 23-16. The Patriot ladies were dominant early on as Dominique Valazquez won by forfeit; Stephanie Solorzano defeated Pamela Castillo by pin fall after 1:05 extending the lead to 10-0. Tia Kingsley (Fowlerville, MI) won by decision against Dana Karker. Esquerra won against Justice Losee by decision extending UC's lead to 16-6. Ashley Talaro-Potter (Honokaa, HI) secured the win at 136 lbs. as she won by forfeit making the score 21-6. Madison Haycraft (Shepherdsville, KY) also won by forfeit, giving UC a 26-6 lead.
The third dual UC competed in would be against Oklahoma City University's "B" team. The Patriot ladies were victorious as they defeated the Stars 23-20. Grace Paxton (Crawfordsville, IN) defeated OCU's Estafania Jimenez by tech fall making the score 5-3. Tamara Tillman (Bellflower, CA) defeated Haley Moreno in the 123 lb. weight class by tech fall extending UC's lead to 10-6. Kerstin Harmon (Bellefontaine, OH) was victorious in the 136 lb. weight class as she defeated Carla Ponce by tech fall making the score 15-10. UC's final two wins were made by Angie Hernandez (El Paso, TX) winning by tech fall and Amanda Allen (Allen, TX) also winning by tech fall making the final score 23-20.
Cumberlands would then face Northwest Kansas Technical College. The Patriot ladies began their winning streak immediately as Sarah Allen (Huber Heights, OH) defeated Lily Trinh by pin fall after 2:46 making the score 5-0. Grace Paxton stepped up next as she defeated Stephanie Goens giving UC the 9-0 lead. Sherri Berube (Cornell, MI) and Tia Tillman both won by forfeit extending the lead to 19-0. Kerstin Harmon defeated Crystal DeVaughn by tech fall taking UC's lead to 23-4. Alyssa Michael (West Covina, CA) came in with the clutch win against Amelia Miller by tech fall in the 155 weight class extending the Patriot ladies lead to 27-9. UC would go on to win the dual 27-19.
The Patriot ladies would then face Jamestown College's "B" team. UC would shutout the "B" team by a final score of 24-0. Sarah Allen and Grace Paxton would win by forfeit making the score 10-0 immediately. Sherri Berube would then defeat Trici martin by tech fall extending the lead to 14-0. Alyssa Michael won by fall to Priscilla Matar and Olivia Cepak (South Lyon, MI) pinned her opponent Elyssia Skillcorn after 1:53 giving the Patriot ladies a final score of 24-0.
UC would lose their last two duals as the Patriot ladies "B" team lost to Wayland Baptist 4-1, and 43-0 to Lindenwood University.
"The team had another good showing at the tough Cliff Keen Duals in Oklahoma City," commented Head Coach Donnie Stephens. "We wrestled to a 3 and 1 record losing to the number two ranked team in the WCWA Simon Fraser and earned a spot in the gold bracket on the first day of competition. Finishing 6th overall was a huge improvement from last season and knowing that we lost two duals by one match each tells us we can defiantly be top 5 in the nation by nationals. Grace Paxton and Tam Tillman both went undefeated and really set the tone for the team."
The Women's Wrestling team will be back in action on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 as they travel to Bristol, TN to compete in the King College Dual.
For more information on the women's wrestling program as well as all other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.