Womens Wrestling

Menlo at, Simon Fraser International Open

Date of competition: Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Menlo College women's wrestling officially opened its season on Saturday in Canada at the highly-competitive Simon Fraser University International Open. The Oaks had 11 different individuals placing in the event, with three securing a third or better finish. Precious Bell led the way for Menlo, placing second with Tiana Jackson and newcomer Alleida Martinez each earning a third place mark for their season-opening efforts. No team scores were reported for this open.

Bell to The Finals
In her first tournament since placing 5th at the WCWA nationals a season ago, Precious Bell put together a great effort and became the only Oak to advance to the finals on Saturday in Canada. Bell received a first round bye then proceeded to tech fall Emily Cue of Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal and Rebekah Trudel of Simon Fraser in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. In the finals she ran in to Leah Ferguson of Keystone Wrestling Club and ultimately fell via pin at 1:49, claiming second place with a 2-1 record.

Underclass Success
Freshman Alleida Martinez was competing in her first collegiate tournament and delivered in a big way with a third place overall finish at 50kg. Martinez received a first round bye then won her next two bouts via 10-0 tech fall and pin to advance to the semifinals. She dropped an 8-0 decision in the semifinals to eventual second place finish Natasha Fox of Saskatoon WC. Martinez proceeded to win a decision in the consolation semifinals and pinned her opponent in the third place match to end the day 4-1.
Sophomore Tiana Jackson was Menlo's third and final 3rd place finisher on Saturday. Wrestling at 55kg, Jackson won via tech fall in the quarterfinals then lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Alex Hedrick of Simon Fraser before winning her text two matches to finish 3-1 and in third place. Fellow Sophomores Taryn Ichimura (6th), Laynee Pasion (5th) and Emily Sandoval (4th) also placed in the event.

Plenty of Placers
At 53kg, freshman Gracie Figueroa took fifth place, going 2-2 with a pair of wins by fall and tech fall. Junior Solin Piearcy went 2-2 with a pair of decision victories to take fourth place at 62kg and Marilyn Garcia finished 6th overall. Senior Iman Kazem was back in action after suffering a season-ending injury a season ago and responded with a fourth place finish at 68kg. Menlo's final placer was Celycia Sandoval who took 4th at 72kg.

Up Next
The Oaks hit the road for their first dual match of the season on Thursday when they take on Southern Oregon in Ashland. The dual is set to begin at 5 p.m.

-- Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick Eymer on Nov 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm

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