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Solid efforts by Oaks in softball, women's wrestling nationals


The Menlo College softball team wrapped up a busy weekend by splitting a nonconference doubleheader with No. 17 Corban on Sunday in Weed. The two games wrapped up seven games in three days.

Menlo picked up a big 3-2 win over Corban in the front end of the doubleheader before falling, 11-2.

In Game 1, Menlo used a three-run third and great pitching and defense to earn its fourth win of the year over a top-20 opponent in the NAIA.

Mary Hall stayed hot and drove in Kari Grow with an RBI double to left. She later came around to score when Brooke Shigematsu homered to left to make it a 3-0 game.

Corban tried to make a big comeback in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on two hits, but Menlo starter Jessie Salsbury buckled down and stopped the rally to pick up the win. Salsbury pitched a complete game, allowing two runs while scattering nine hits striking out two and walking two.

Menlo had six hits spread evenly throughout the lineup. Hall and Megan Wright each doubled and Shigematsu's homer rounded out the Oaks' extra- base hits in the winning effort.

In Game 2, it was all Corban from the get-go. The winners led off the game with a home run and proceeded to score four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

Menlo rallied back for two runs of its own in the home half of the first on hits from Hall, Shigematsu and Brooke Menesini to make it a 4-2 game. That would be all Menlo would muster on the offensive end as Corban added three in the second, two in the third and two in the sixth to earn the 11-2 win.

With the doubleheader split, Menlo ended the weekend with a 4-7 overall record. The Oaks return home on Sunday for a nonconference doubleheader against Notre Dame de Namur.

Women's wrestling

It was a banner weekend for Menlo College as the Oaks competed in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national tournament in Oklahoma City and earned the best result in program history when they finished seventh out of 25 teams.

In addition to the strong team finish, five different Oaks claimed All-American status -- headlined by Cady Chessin's third-place finish. Joining Chessin as an All-American were: Iman Kazem (fifth place), Solove Naufau (fifth place), Hiba Salem (sixth place) and Bianca Arizpe (eighth place).

"Our team performed very well overall," said Menlo head coach Joey Bareng. "We had a rough Day 1, losing two wrestlers who were point-scorers in early rounds, but Day 2 was the total opposite. All five of our wrestlers won in their All-American matches and helped up finish seventh, which is our best finish in school history.

"We are happy, but not satisfied. We only graduate two seniors and have five All-Americans returning, so next year should be another strong one for us!"

Chessin became the fourth three-time All-American in Menlo women's wrestling history when she rallied at 116 pounds after losing in the semifinals via injury default to Abby Lloyd.

Lloyd has gotten the better of Chessin on three different occasions this season, but Chessin did not let it deter her and she battled through the Day 1 injury to go a perfect 4-0 on Saturday with all wins coming via technical fall to claim third place. Chessin finished second as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore and now third as a junior.

Naufahu, a junior, became an All-American for the first time in her career by placing fifth at 170 pounds.

Kazem was one of two freshmen to earn All-American status over the weekend and was the top finalist of the two, finishing fifth at 155 pounds. Salem joined Kazem as a freshman All-American as she claimed sixth place in the 101-pound division. Arizpe, a junior, claimed eighth-place honors at 123 pounds.

Six other wrestlers earned at least one win at the national tournament including Diamond Freitas, Caitlyn Macanas, Dionnica Tolliver, Brittany Woods-Orrison, Lahi Kanakanui, Brazel Marquez.

— Menlo College Athletics

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