photo courtesy of Emmanuel College Athletics
Another great week of women’s college wrestling is officially in the books. There was a lot of exciting wrestling action that took place this past weekend with many WCWA teams and wrestlers competing at the Mike Clock Open and the Waldorf Open. Additionally, #7 King University hosted #2 Emmanuel College, #11 University of the Cumberlands, and Ferrum College for some exciting duals. Below we look at five of the most impressive performances of the weekend.
Eighth-ranked Dajan Treder (Providence) had an outstanding performance this weekend at the Mike Clock Open on her way to the 123-pound title. Treder also had arguably the best win of the weekend to as she defeated 2018 WCWA runner-up and rising star, Alex Hedrick, (Simon Fraser) in the finals. Treder dominated her way to the finals with two technical fall victories and a quick pin before shutting out second-ranked Hedrick 4-0 to take the crown. Dajan did not allow a point scored in her four matches wrestled. In 2016 she was a WCWA All-American for Jamestown and was runner-up at the 2017 U23 World Team Trials.
Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific) also put on quite the show this weekend as she scrapped her way to her second consecutive title at the Mike Clock Open. The two-time All-American rolled through four straight opponents, scoring two shutout technical fall victories and two wins via pin, to capture the 170-pound title. Even more amazing was that in her four matches she only spent a little over seven minutes on the mat. Gabaldon did not compete at the 2018 WCWA National Championships after finishing third in 2017 and fourth in 2016. If she continues to compete at 170-pounds, her addition to the weight will make things very interesting as the top-three placers from last year are all returning, too.
Agatha Andrews (Jamestown) continued her undefeated start to her freshman season by cruising to the 191-pound title at the Waldorf Open. Her opponents had no answer for the freshman from Alaska who dominated with three wins via fall and another by technical fall. Her 29.5 team points were the most of any wrestler at the tournament, and her three victories by fall were tied for most. Andrews was a three-time state champion and ranked in the top-15 in the country at 180-pounds coming out of high school. It will be interesting to see if the young grappler can continue her winning ways as the season progresses.
Hannah Gladden (Emmanuel) had a big day at the King duals, going 3-0 on the day. The senior wrestler from Alabama spent the day wrestling at 155-pounds and 170-pounds depending on the need of the team. In her match against King University, she recorded a fall over Ana Luciano. Next up on the day was returning All-American and third-ranked Anna Naylor (Cumberlands), who she defeated 12-6. In her final match, Gladden made quick work of Tayler Kleemoff (Ferrum), winning again by fall. Gladden, wrestling for her third college program, has twice been a WCWA All-American. She finished sixth in 2017 wrestling for the Cumberlands, and she was fourth in 2015 competing for Campbellsville.
Ashlynn Ortega (King) also went 3-0 on the day at the King duals, notching two impressive victories over returning All-Americans. In King’s match against Emmanuel, Ortega took on second-ranked Kayla Marano. In a hard-fought bought, it was Ortega coming out on top by score the of 5-3 over the 2018 third-place finisher at the WCWA National Championships. Ortega followed that up by dominating Kellyann Jimenez (The Cumberlands), winning via technical fall. Jimenez finished sixth last year earning All-American status and currently ranked sixth at 123-pounds. Ortega also picked up a forfeit on the day. The freshman from Colorado who competed for Wyoming Seminary in high school is having a solid start to her college wrestling career. She previously took home a title at the Emmanuel Open to start the season.