This week’s WCWA update includes a look back at the inaugural Mid-South Conference tournament and a preview of the all-Georgia battle between Emmanuel College and Life University.
Campbellsville University Wins Inaugural Mid-South Conference Championships
The second-ranked Campbellsville University women’s wrestling team claimed the inaugural Mid-South Conference (MSC) title on December 2nd, 2017, in the first year women’s wrestling was sponsored by the MSC. The Lady Tigers racked up 192 points behind the efforts of nine wrestlers earning All-Conference honors. Leading the way for Campbellsville was individual champions Charlotte Fowler (109-pounds), Koral Sugiyama (136-pounds), Alexia Foca (143-pounds), and Kate Hill (191-pounds). Fowler reached the finals after consecutive technical falls where she met up with teammate Katlyn Pizzo who injury defaulted. Sugiyama went 2-0 on the day on her way to earning a conference title. After winning by fall in the semifinals she met up with Bridgette Duty from Cumberlands whom she defeated on criteria in a wild 15-15 match. Foca earned First Team All-Conference honors after winning three straight matches to claim the weight class. She defeated Zoe Wright from Life University in the finals 10-7. Kate Hill claimed the 191-pound title for the Lady Tigers after narrowly edging Life University’s Stephanie Pantoja in a one-point match.
11th-ranked Life University finished runner-up with 127 points with five wrestlers earning All-Conference honors including champions Jennifer Juarez (116-pounds) and Jordan Nelson (170-pounds). Jaurez was extremely dominant on the day as she outscored her three opponents 32-0 including a technical fall victory in the finals over the top-ranked wrestler at 109-pounds Makayla Campbell. Nelson went 2-0 on the day to earn the 170-pound title over Sandra Garcia from Lindenwood-Belleville.
Finishing just six points behind Life University was fourth-ranked University of the Cumberlands who tallied 121 points. Cumberlands had three individual champions when Maia Phanthadara (101-pounds), Kelly-Ann Jimenez (123-pounds), and Ismileyna Valles (130-pounds) each won their respective weights. Phanthadara, the sixth-ranked wrestler in the country at 101-pounds did not yield a single point on the day on her way to a conference title. Jimenez looked dominant on her way to the finals with a 52-second fall and a technical fall. She then defeated Campbellsville’s Steffanie Hampton in the title match by a score of 10-4. Valles earned one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when she edged out second-ranked Shelby Hall of Campbellsville in the finals to win the 130-pound weight class. Hall had been nearly unstoppable before Valles was able to slow her down and earn a 4-3 decision.
Lindenwood-Belleville University and Brewton-Parker College rounded out the five-team field with 54.5 and 26.5 points respectively. Lindenwood-Belleville featured one individual champion, Niauni Hill (155-pounds), who was also crowned the “Wrestler of the Tournament” after outscoring her opponents 26-1 on the day.
In addition to winning the team title, Campbellsville also took home some extra individual hardware. Makayla Campbell was named the MSC Freshman of the Year, Kayla Miracle was voted as the MSC Wrestler of the Year, and head coach Lee Miracle was voted as the MSC Coach of the Year.
Mid-South Conference First Team
101 – Maia Phanthadara, University of the Cumberlands
109 – Charlotte Fowler, Campbellsville University
116 – Jennifer Jaurez, Life University
123 – Kelly-Ann Jimenez, University of the Cumberlands
130 – Ismileyna Valles, University of the Cumberlands
136 – Koral Sugiyama, Campbellsville University
143 – Alexia Foca, Campbellsville University
155 – Niauni Hill, Lindenwood-Belleville University
170 – Jordan Nelson, Life University
191 – Kate Hill, Campbellsville University
Mid-South Conference Second Team
101 – Alyssa Martinez, Life University
109 – Katlyn Pizzo, Campbellsville University
116 – Makayla Campbell, Campbellsville University
123 – Steffanie Hampton, Campbellsville University
130 – Shelby Hall, Campbellsville University
136 – Bridgette Duty, University of the Cumberlands
143 – Zoe Wright, Life University
155 – Morgan Becker, Campbellsville University
170 – Sandra Garcia, Lindenwood-Belleville University
191 – Raquel Valderrama, Life University
Match to Watch this Week
#8 Emmanuel College (8-2) vs. #11 Life University (3-3)
The eighth-ranked Emmanuel College Lions will host the 11th-ranked Life University Running Eagles in a battle of in-state rivals on December 5th, 2017. Emmanuel College is coming off an impressive performance at the Wayland Women’s Invitational that saw them put seven wrestlers in the finals and come away with three individual champions in Cody Pfau (109-pounds), Abigail Nette (130-pounds), and Kayla Marano (143-pounds). Life University is also coming off a solid showing of their own after finishing as runner-up at the inaugural Mid-South Conference Championships, ahead of fourth-ranked University of the Cumberlands. The Running Eagles crowned two champions in Jennifer Juarez (116-pounds) and Jordan Nelson (170-pounds). Emmanuel enters the dual with a record of 8-2 on the season while Life University has a record of 3-3.
101 – Charliette Hamer, Sr. (Emmanuel) vs. Alyssa Martinez, So. (Life)
109 – #2 Maria Vidales, Jr./Cody Pfau, Sr. (Emmanuel) vs. Amber Garriga, So. (Life)
116 – #7 Victoria Gutierrez, So./#8 Alexis Encinas, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. #3 Jennifer Jaurez, Jr. (Life)
123 – Trinity Duarte, So. (Emmanuel) vs. Tyesha Topps, Jr. (Life)
130 – #5 Abigail Nette, So. (Emmanuel) vs. Alysia Cortez, So. (Life)
136 – Sadie Tackett, So. (Emmanuel) vs. Forfeit (Life)
143 – #6 Kayla Marano, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Zoe Wight, Sr. (Life)
155 – Felicity Bryant, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Raven Thomas, Sr. (Life)
170 – Ophelia Lara, So. (Emmanuel) vs. #8 Jordan Nelson, Fr. (Life)
191 – Briana Jordan, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Stephanie Pantoja, Sr. (Life)