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Stars finish seventh in NWCA National Duals with 26-20 win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Oklahoma City University collected a seventh-place finish in the NWCA National Duals with a 26-20 victory over Grays Harbor (Wash.) on Friday at the Fort Wayne Convention Center.

The Stars, ranked 10th in the Women’s College Wrestling Association, went 2-1 on the day to finish 2-2 in the dual tournament. OCU also won 30-14 over Cumberlands (Ky.) and fell 30-14 to King (Tenn.).

Erin Redford, Yvonne Galindo and Rachel Watters produced technical-fall wins to secure Oklahoma City’s victory in the seventh-place dual. Ninth-rated Grays Harbor led 9-0, and the dual was tied twice.

Redford gave OCU the lead for good with a 12-1 win over Cassandra Parra in the 143-pound match. Galindo won 10-0 over Veronica Coppolino to give the Stars the winning dual points. At 170, Watters’ 10-0 victory put the dual out of reach. Leiana Nacapuy added a fall at 116 pounds for Oklahoma City.

Watters provided OCU with its highlight against King, which holds the No. 5 spot in the team rankings. Watters, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, rolled 10-0 over Keely Sage in the 170-pound bout. Galindo, a senior from El Paso, Texas, knocked off Jessi Kee 9-5 at 155 pounds.

Oklahoma City notched six wins in the final seven matches against fourth-ranked Cumberlands. After Cumberlands went up 12-2, Monica Mendoza of the Stars took a pin 1:18 over Madison Angelito at 123 pounds.

Redford, a freshman from White River, Wash., added a fall in 1:53 of Bridgette Duty in the 136-pound match. Galindo pinned Anna Naylor in 3:00.

In the 2018 NWCA National Duals, Galindo, Redford and Watters each went 4-0 for OCU. Redford collected two falls, and Galindo had one pin. Watters, ranked fifth in the WCWA at 170 pounds, won each of her matches by technical fall. The Stars took five consecutive crowns in the NWCA National Duals from 2008-12.

OCU competes in the Ottawa Braves Open on Jan. 14 in Ottawa, Kan.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY 30

CUMBERLANDS 14

101: Maia Phanthadara, UC, by forfeit (UC leads 5-0)

109: Jessica Rodriguez, UC, tech. fall Raven Guidry, 12-2 (UC leads 9-1)

116: Arelys Valles, UC, dec. Leiana Nacapuy, 6-5 (UC leads 12-2)

123: Monica Mendoza, OCU, pinned Madison Angelito, 1:18 (UC leads 12-7)

130: Daniela Flores, OCU, tech. fall Sidney Salinas, 14-4 (UC leads 13-11)

136: Erin Redford, OCU, pinned Bridgette Duty, 1:53 (OCU leads 16-13)

143: Sydney Freund, OCU, by inj. def. over Kylie Godinez (OCU leads 21-13)

155: Yvonne Galindo, OCU, pinned Anna Naylor, 3:00 (OCU leads 26-13)

170: Double forfeit (OCU leads 26-13)

191: Rachel Watters, OCU, tech. fall Courteney Tompkins, 15-2 (OCU wins 30-14)

 

KING 30

OKLAHOMA CITY 14

101: Marina Doi, KU, by forfeit (KU leads 5-0)

109: Regina Doi, KU, pinned Raven Guidry, 2:46 (KU leads 10-0)

116: Aleeah Gould, KU, pinned Leiana Nacapuy, 2:54 (KU leads 15-0)

123: Briana Kellin, KU, dec. Monica Mendoza, 9-2 (KU leads 18-1)

130: Allison Petix, KU, tech. fall Daniela Flores, 10-0 (KU leads 22-1)

136: Erin Redford, OCU, by forfeit (KU leads 22-6)

143: Nicole Joseph, KU, tech. fall Sydney Freund, 10-0 (KU leads 26-6)

155: Yvonne Galindo, OCU, dec. Jessi Kee, 9-5 (KU leads 27-9)

170: Rachel Watters, OCU, tech. fall Keely Sage, 10-0 (KU leads 27-13)

191: Victoria Espinoza, KU, dec. McKyla Kerr, 11-3 (KU wins 30-14)

 

OKLAHOMA CITY 26

GRAYS HARBOR 20

101: Nina Pham, GHC, by forfeit (GHC leads 5-0)

109: Kateri Rowell, GHC, tech. fall Raven Guidry, 10-0 (GHC leads 9-0)

116: Leiana Nacapuy, OCU, pinned Sophia Hernandez, 1:48 (GHC leads 9-5)

123: Daniela Flores, OCU, tech. fall Alexis Morfin, 10-0 (Dual tied 9-9)

130: Monica Mendoza, OCU, pinned Brittany Wynn, 2:41 (OCU leads 14-9)

136: Desiree Zavala, GHC, by forfeit (Dual tied 14-14)

143: Erin Redford, OCU, tech. fall Casandra Parra, 12-1 (OCU leads 18-15)

155: Yvonne Galindo, OCU, tech. fall Veronica Coppolino, 10-0 (OCU leads 22-15)

170: Rachel Watters, OCU, tech. fall Kacie Moorehouse, 10-0 (OCU leads 26-15)

191: Paige Baynes, GHC, by forfeit (OCU wins 26-20)

~OCU~

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