OKLAHOMA CITY – Six Oklahoma City University wrestlers will vie for repeat all-American honors in the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships on Friday and Saturday at Abe Lemons Arena.
Margaret Douma headlines the group of returning Stars all-Americans coming off a national runner-up finish last year at OCU. Oklahoma City’s Rachel Archer, Heiley Garcia, Cassidy Jasperson, Monica Mason and Carla Ponce aim to take accolades in the tournament.
Ten individual championships, 80 all-American nods and the team championship will be on the line when competition starts 10 a.m. Friday. Wrestling starts 10 a.m. Saturday also with the championship finals 5 p.m. Saturday.
Oklahoma City has won national titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Stars have posted runner-up finishes in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
“They’re all very good wrestlers,” OCU coach Matt Stevens said of those Stars. “We are looking for them to be our team leaders in the tournament.”
OCU took fourth in the NWCA National Duals on Jan. 5-6 in Fort Wayne, Ind. King (Tenn.) enters the tournament ranked No. 1 in the WCWA tournament rankings. OCU holds the eighth spot in those ratings.
“We had a really solid season,” Stevens said. “We finished fourth in the NWCA National Duals, and that catapulted us into our preparation for this tournament. They’re mentally and physically prepared.”
Rachel Watters is one of OCU’s five ranked individuals entering the tournament. Watters, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, holds the fourth spot in the 155-pound rankings. She has a 19-5 record with two tournament runner-up showings as a rookie.
Douma, a junior from Napa, Calif., boasts of a 17-4 record with 12 falls. Douma opened the season with five pins in a row and 11 consecutive wins. She is ranked seventh at 143 pounds. Mallory Velte of Simon Fraser (British Columbia) defeated Douma in the 2016 championship final and holds the top spot in the 143-pound rankings.
Archer has gone 19-6 with five pins this season. Archer, a senior from Winlock, Wash., sits fifth in the 123-pound ratings. Archer pinned Christy Satterfield of Bacone in 16 seconds on Dec. 8 at Abe Lemons Arena. She has three runner-up finishes in tournaments this season. Archer, the team captain, has a 92-35 career record.
Garcia owns a 14-10 record and nine falls in 2016-17. Garcia, a senior from Carrollton, Texas, picked up sixth at 143 in the 2015 WCWA Championships.
Jasperson brings a 19-9 mark and a runner-up finish this season into the tournament. Jasperson, a junior from League City, Texas, has the eighth spot in the 109-pound rankings.
Mason holds a 7-2 record with four falls this season. Mason, a sophomore from Marion, N.Y., is the fourth-ranked 191-pounder among the WCWA.
Ponce has gone 13-4 with two runner-up finishes. Ponce, a senior from El Paso, Texas, was a 2015 all-American with a seventh-place finish at 130 pounds.
Archer, Douma, Jasperson, Ponce, Watters and assistant coach Brieana Delgado have qualified for the World Team Trials on April 27-29 in Las Vegas.
“That’s why they came to OCU – for the tradition of high level wrestling,” Stevens said.
Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships
Preliminary rounds, 10 a.m.
Championship quarterfinals/consolation, 4 p.m.
Semifinals/medal rounds, 10 a.m.
Medal rounds, 1 p.m.
Championship finals, 5 p.m.