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Three Stars take first place in Ottawa Open

OTTAWA, Kan. – Oklahoma City University’s Monica Mendoza, Leiana Nacapuy and Rachel Watters all took first place in their respective weight class on Saturday in the Ottawa University EZFlex Invitational.
Nacapuy, a freshman from Las Vegas, won her first two matches by technical fall, then defeated Jamestown’s Chelsea Dionisio by fall at the 2:17 mark in the 116-pound first-place match. Oklahoma City, ranked 9th in the Women’s College Wrestling Association, had nine wrestlers place inside the top five and 13 wrestlers finish in the top eight on Saturday.
In the 123-pound division, Mendoza won by fall in both the quarterfinal and semifinal match, then won by a 2-1 decision over Mia Dow of MacMurray College in the first-place match. Watters, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, took first at 170 pounds by defeating Sierra Condon of MacMurray College by technical fall.
Raven Guidry, a freshman from Lafayette, La., earned second place at 109 pounds. In the semifinal match, Guidry pinned her opponent in 46 seconds. Daniela Flores, a junior from El Paso, Texas, took third in the 123-pound division after winning by fall over Ottawa’s Victoria Norris in the third-place match.
Anna Delony, Yvonne Galindo, McKyla Kerr and Erin Redford all finished in fourth place for the Stars. Delony, wrestling at 116 pounds, lost by technical fall in the quarterfinal but bounced back to win her next three matches, two by fall and one by decision. She fell in the third-place match against Alanis Naranjo of Saint Mary at the 0:48 mark.
Galindo, wrestling at 155 pounds, also won three straight matches after losing in the quarterfinals. She won two by fall and one by technical fall before losing a 15-6 decision against Missouri Valley’s Shamera McTier.
Kerr won by fall in the 191-pound quarterfinal and consolation semifinal, then fell in the third-place match against Welina Tong of Midland at the 0:18 mark. Redford, wrestling at 136 pounds, lost a 4-2 decision to Lyon’s Alyssa Batiste after winning three straight matches.
Europa Cabada (123), Sydney Freund (136) and Kailyn Ramos (123) each finished in sixth place for OCU. Abby Mainzer, wrestling at 130 pounds, took eighth place for the Stars.
Oklahoma City is back in action at 9 a.m. Saturday at the McKendree Bearcat Open in Lebanon, Ill.

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