In this week’s WCWA update, we look back at the five best performances you may have missed from the Ottawa University EZFlex Invitational.
Top Performances from the Ottawa University EZFlex Invitational
Wrestlers from 12 different schools convened in Ottawa, Kansas on January 14th, 2018 as the Ottawa University women’s wrestling team hosted the EZFlex Invitational. The WCWA season has less than a month left before the WCWA National Championships take place and this provided a good opportunity for athletes to do some fine tuning in preparation for the big dance. Eight different schools crowned a champion, with Oklahoma City University leading the way with three individual weight class winners. Below we take a look at five of the most impressive performances.
1) Valeria Rivera of Ottawa University captured the title in the 109-pound weight class in dominating fashion. She went 4-0 on the day with two wins each by technical fall and fall. After a first-round bye, she quickly dispatched her opponents via fall in the second and third rounds before a 10-0 shutout victory in the fourth round. She capped her day off with a 16-6 technical fall in the finals over Raven Guidry of Oklahoma City University. Rivera led the tournament in most combined falls/technical falls in the least amount of time with four in 11:55 and scored a massive 40 points in her four matches. Rivera’s performance also won her the KCAC Women’s Wrestler of the Week award.
2) Oklahoma City University’s Monica Mendoza turned in an impressive performance on her way to the crown at 123-pounds. The eighth-ranked wrestler in the country dominated her opening round opponent via 13-2 technical fall before securing falls in the quarters and semifinals. Mendoza clashed with Mia Dow of MacMurray College in the finals where she gutted out a 2-1 decision. Mendoza led all wrestlers in the tournament with 27.50 team points on the day.
3) Logan Mize of Lyon College cruised to the 130-pound weight class title in impressive fashion. After a first-round bye, she dominated Abby Mainzer of Oklahoma City by 13-0 technical fall. In the semifinals, she met up with Cara Romeike of Jamestown for a little scrap action and again shut her opponent out, this time via 10-0 technical fall. In the finals, she would be pitted against De’anna Prince (Waldorf) who herself was having an outstanding day. However, Mize would need just 1:40 to secure the fall and the 130-pound title.
4) Oklahoma City University’s Rachel Watters continued her assault on the 170-pound weight class at the EZFlex Invitational. The second-ranked wrestler in the country had no problems winning her weight class and did so without yielding a point. After a first-round bye, she quickly dismantled her Waldorf opponent with an 11-0 technical fall and then followed that up with another 11-0 technical fall in the semifinals over Jessie Flynn of Lyon College. All that scoring must have worn her out as she was only able to muster 10 points in the finals in another shutout victory, this time over MacMurray’s Sierra Condon. Watters led the tournament in most technical falls in the least amount of time as she only spent a total of 3:12 on the mat during the tournament.
5) Alanis Naranjo of the University of Saint Mary may have failed to win her weight class, but she didn’t let an opening round upset stop her from fighting all the way back to finish third at 116-pounds. Losing to Chelsea Dionisio of Jamestown in her opener she then rattled off four straight victories including three by fall, earning her “Road Warrior of the Week” honors. She also led all wrestlers in most pins in the least time with three in a total of 3:02. While she obviously would have preferred to win her weight class, some may argue that it’s actually more difficult to lose in the opening round and then fight back for third-place.