Photo of Cody Pfau (left) by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com
This week’s Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) weekly update features the unexpected debut of a two-time national champion, a look back at the King tri-meet and a look ahead to this week’s top five showdown between the University of the Cumberlands and Campbellsville on Wednesday night.
Two-Time WCWA National Champion Cody Pfau Makes Emmanuel College Debut
The four-time defending WCWA champions King University hosted a tri-meet November 10th, 2017 with Ferrum College and Emmanuel College. Last week, in our WCWA weekly update we highlighted the match between fifth ranked King University and eighth-ranked Emmanuel College as the match to watch. As expected, the clash of the two top 10 ranked teams did not disappoint and we saw both teams get creative with their lineups looking for an edge.
However what we didn’t expect to see was the Emmanuel College debut of two-time WCWA national champion Cody Pfau. Pfau, one of the most talented wrestlers in the WCWA, won national championships for Oklahoma City University in 2015 and 2016 at 109 pounds after placing fourth as a freshman in 2014. She transferred to Emmanuel College after taking a redshirt year during the 2016-17 season. Originally thought to not be allowed on the mat for Emmanuel officially until the second semester, apparently Coach Link Davis and the Emmanuel staff had a change of plans after Pfau cleared eligibility days before the event.
Competing at 109 pounds, Pfau spent a total of sixty-eight seconds on the mat in the two matches she wrestled. Against Ferrum, Pfau dispatched Aiden Coughlin by fall in thirty seconds as Emmanuel won the dual against 21st ranked Ferrum, 35-11. In Pfau’s second bout of the day, it took her a little longer to secure a thirty-eight second fall against King’s Jordan Daniels. Ultimately, King prevailed 29-17 over Emmanuel. King improved to 7-1 on the season while Emmanuel is now 7-2 after going 1-1 on the day.
The return of Pfau for Emmanuel certainly makes them a much stronger team and she is immediately a top contender at either 109 or 116 pounds. Pfau currently sits second on the USAW Women’s Freestyle National Team ladder at 48 kg after finishing second at the 2017 Women’s World Team Trials to Victoria Anthony.
Fans also saw King University insert three-time WCWA All-American and two-time national finalist Jessi Kee into the lineup at 155 pounds. It was originally thought that Kee would redshirt this season but Coach Jason Moorman made the decision to pull the redshirt. Kee registered a fall and a technical fall on the day. Her addition strengthens a Tornado team looking to claim their fifth consecutive WCWA national championship.
Full Results from the King Tri-Meet
#8 Emmanuel College (7-1) vs. #21 Ferrum College (2-6)
101 – Charliette Hammer (EC) wins by forfeit, (5-0 EC)
109 – Cody Pfau (EC) pinned Aiden Coughlin (FC), 0:30 (10-0 EC)
116 – No. 7 Victoria Gutierrez (EC) wins by forfeit, (15-0 EC)
123 – Trinity Duarte (EC) wins by forfeit, (20-0 EC)
130 – No. 5 Abigail Nette (EC) tech. fall Cynthia Aldama (FC), 10-0 (24-0 EC)
136 – Amanda Nelson (FC) tech. fall. Astrid Silva (EC), 13-2 (25-4 EC)
143 – No. 6 Kayla Marano (EC) wins by forfeit (30-4 EC)
155 – Felicity Bryant (EC) tech. fall Taylor Kleemoff (FC), 10-0 (34-4 EC)
170 – Brenda Cancino-Yanez (FC) dec. Jennifer Pohle (EC), 4-3 (35-7 EC)
191 – Leah Deickman (FC) tech. fall Briana Jordan (EC), 11-0 (35-11 EC)
No. 5 King University (7-1) vs. No. 8 Emmanuel College (7-2)
101 – No. 2 Regina Doi tech. fall (KING) Charliette Hammer (EC), 10-0 (4-0 KING)
109 – Cody Pfau (EC) pinned Jordan Daniels (KING), 0:38 (5-4 EC)
116 – No. 1 Marina Doi (KING) tech. fall No. 7 Victoria Gutierrez (EC), 11-0 (8-5 KING)
123 – No. 5 Aleeah Gould (KING) pinned Trinity Duarte (EC), 4:20 (13-5 KING)
130 – No. 6 Allison Petix (KING) dec. No. 5 Abigail Nette (EC), 8-5 (16-6 KING)
136 – No. 7 Nicole Joseph (KING) tech. fall Sadie Tackett (EC), 12-1 (20-7 KING)
143 – No. 6 Kayla Marano (EC) pinned Leilani Vital (KING), 2:28 (20-12 KING)
155 – Jessi Kee (KING) pinned Felicity Bryant (EC), 13-0 (24-12 KING)
170 – Ophelia Lara (EC) pinned Keely Sage (KING), 0:47 (24-17 KING)
191 – Victoria Espinosa (KING) pinned Briana Jordan (EC), (29-17 KING)
#5 King University (8-1) vs. #21 Ferrum College (2-7)
101 – No. 2 Regina Doi (KING) wins by forfeit, (5-0 KING)
109 – Jordan Daniels (KING) pinned Aiden Coughlin (FC), 3:53 (10-0 KING)
116 – Aleeah Gould (KING) wins by forfeit, (15-0 KING)
123 – Izzy Hook (KING) wins by forfeit, (20-0 KING)
130 – No. 6 Allison Petix (KING) pinned Cynthia Aldama (FC), 1:39 (25-0 KING)
136 – No. 7 Nicole Joseph (KING) tech. fall Amanda Nelson (FC), 13-3 (29-1 KING)
143 – Leilani Vital (KING) wins by forfeit, (34-1 KING)
155 – Jessi Kee (KING) tech. fall Taylor Kleemoff (FC), 10-0 (38-1 KING)
170 – Keely Sage (KING) pinned Brenda Cancino-Yanez (FC), 5:57 (43-1 KING)
191 – Victoria Espinosa (KING) pinned Leah Deickman (FC), 0:16 (48-1 KING)
Match to Watch this Week
#4 University of the Cumberlands (9-3) vs. #2 Campbellsville University (9-0)
The second-ranked Campbellsville University Tigers will host the fourth-ranked University of the Cumberlands Patriots in a battle of top five teams. It will be senior night for the Tigers who look to pay tribute to several individuals including three-time All-American Shelby Hall and three-time national champion Kayla Miracle. Miracle is looking to become just the fourth four-time WCWA national champion in its history. Other seniors on the Tiger roster include Makayla Bushman, Rebecca Carson, Jesse Grubbs, Steffanie Hampton, and Kaitlyn Hill.
Campbellsville enters the dual a perfect 9-0 on the season while the University of the Cumberlands has a record of 9-3. The two teams met earlier in the season at the Patriot Duals in October in a dual won by Campbellsville 35-11. The Patriots will certainly be seeking a little redemption.
101 – #6 Maia Phanthadara, Sr. (Cumberlands) vs. McKenzie Bacich, So. (Campbellsville)
109 – Jessica Rodriguez, Jr. (Cumberlands) vs. #3 Charlotte Fowler, So. (Campbellsville)
116 – #2 Autumn Gordon, Fr. (Cumberlands) vs. McKayla Campbell, Fr. (Campbellsville)
123 – #4 Kelly-Ann Jimenez, So. (Cumberlands) vs. #7 (130) Steffanie Hampton, Sr. (Campbellsville)
130 – Ismileyna Valles, Jr. (Cumberlands) vs. #2 Shelby Hall, Sr. (Campbellsville)
136 – Bridgette Duty, Fr. (Cumberlands) vs. #1 Kayla Miracle, Sr./#3 Koral Sugiyama, Jr. (Campbellsville)
143 – Kailee Godinez, Fr. (Cumberlands) vs. Courtney Gray, Jr. (Campbellsville)
155 – Anna Naylor, Sr. (Cumberlands) vs. #8 Morgan Becker, So. (Campbellsville)
170 – #7 Courteney Tompkins, Sr. (Cumberlands) vs. #3 Mariah Harris, So. (Campbellsville)
191 – Payton Rigert, So. (Cumberlands) vs. Kaitlyn Hill, Sr. (Campbellsville)