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WCWA Powers set to Collide at Saturday’s Bearcat Open

Bearcat Open

With the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) national tournament just three weeks away, eight of the top-10 teams in North America are scheduled to converge on Lebanon, Illinois, this weekend in what could be a preview of what is to come. Third-ranked McKendree University is the host of the Bearcat Open which begins at 9:00 am central time on Saturday morning in the Melvin Price Convocation Center.

Top-ranked King University have their sites set on their fourth-consecutive WCWA title in mid-February. They’ve already knocked off then top-ranked Simon Fraser to win the Patriot Duals and won their fourth consecutive NWCA National Duals title this season. They feature eight ranked wrestlers, including four who are ranked number one in their weight class. One of those top-ranked wrestlers is Rio Olympian Haley Augello, who is chasing her third WCWA national title in her junior year. McKendree gave King their closest dual of the season, falling 24-19 in the National Duals final, but the Tornado are the clear front-runners, both here and at nationals.

Second-ranked Campbellsville has twice fallen to King in duals, dropping semi-final clashes at both the Patriot Duals and National Duals. They have nine competitors in the latest rankings, with two occupying the top spot. The Tigers were second in the WCWA in 2015 before slipping back to fourth a season ago. If they are to make a real run at King, they’ll need to lay the groundwork on Saturday.

With fifth-ranked Oklahoma City, sixth-ranked University of the Cumberlands, eighth-ranked Menlo College, ninth-ranked Lindenwood-Belleville and 10th ranked Missouri Baptist all expected to be in attendance, this could be a loaded field. Two weights, 101 and 170 could see all eight wrestlers in the WCWA rankings compete, while eight of the 10 number ones could be in attendance as well. Overall, 65 of the 80 WCWA ranked wrestlers could battle it out in Illinois if everyone shows up.

You can follow all the action on TrackWrestling. For a complete list of ranked wrestlers who could compete, please see below.

Ranked Teams

#1 King

#2 Campbellsville

#3 McKendree

#5 Oklahoma City

#6 University of the Cumberlands

#8 Menlo College

#9 Lindenwood-Belleville

#10 Missouri Baptist

Ranked Individuals

101

#1

Marina Doi

King University

#2

Regina Doi

King University

#3

Sarah Allen

The University of the Cumberlands

#4

Maia Phanthadara

The University of the Cumberlands

#5

Hiba Salem

Menlo College

#6

Kayla Walker

McKendree University

#7

Juliana Olivo

Lindenwood-Belleville

#8

McKenzie Bacich

Campbellsville University

109

#1

Breonah Neal

King University

#2

Amy Fearnside

Jamestown

#3

Aleeah Gould

King University

#4

Kimberly Straub

Lindenwood-Belleville

#6

Arelys Valles

The University of the Cumberlands

#7

Charlotte Fowler

Campbellsville University

#8

Tori Degginger

Lindenwood University

116

#1

Haley Augello

King University

#3

Cady Chessin

Menlo College

#4

Alyssa Gonzalez

McKendree University

#5

Christy Powell

Missouri Valley College

#6

Theresa Rankin

McKendree University

#7

Cindy Calixto

Emmanuel College

#8

Makayla Bourbon

The University of the Cumberlands

123

#1

Hanna Grisewood

King University

#3

Rachel Archer

Oklahoma City University

#5

Tamara Tillman

Missouri Baptist University

#6

Hailee Lilly

McKendree University

#7

Andribeth Rivera

Campbellsville University

#8

Kayla Mesar

Life University

130

#1

Becka Leathers

Oklahoma City University

#2

Megan Black

McKendree University

#3

Shelby Hall

Campbellsville University

#4

Rosemary Flores

Campbellsville University

#8

Nicole Joseph

King University

136

#1

Kayla Miracle

Campbellsville University

#2

Natalia Hinojo

Oklahoma City University

#3

Maya Nelson

The University of the Cumberlands

#6

Cheyenne Youngblood

Missouri Baptist University

#7

Alyssa Batiste

Lyon College

#8

Solin Piearcy

Menlo College

143

#2

Jessi Kee

King University

#4

Olivia Seppinni

McKendree University

#5

Maggie Douma

Oklahoma City University

#7

Carly Jaramillo

Southwest Oregon Community College

#8

Montana Drum

Missouri Baptist University

155

#2

Niauni Hill

Lindenwood-Belleville

#3

Michelle Organ

Campbellsville University

#4

Iman Kazem

Menlo College

#5

Rachel Waters

Oklahoma City University

#6

Tatum Sparks

Southwest Oregon Community College

#7

Alexandria Glaude

McKendree University

#8

Erin Scheidt

Midland University

170

#1

Jessika Rottier

The University of the Cumberlands

#2

Forrest Molinari

King University

#3

Hanna Hall

Campbellsville University

#4

Brandy Lowe

McKendree University

#5

Janelle Fuamatu

McKendree University

#6

Leilani Camargo-Naone

Midland University

#7

Nadine Fiege

Life University

#8

Berenice Blanco

Missouri Baptist University

191

#1

Tiaira Scott

Campbellsville University

#2

Paige Baynes

Lindenwood University

#4

Destane Garrick

McKendree University

#6

Monica Mason

Oklahoma City University

#7

Darcie Manning O’Brien

Missouri Baptist University

#8

Alyssa Cantu

Missouri Valley College

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