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This week’s Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) weekly update features a look back at some of the top performances by WCWA athletes at the Dave Schultz Memorial and a look ahead to a top-10 clash later this week.
Kayla Miracle & Gabriela Ramos-Diaz Impress at 20th Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International
The 20th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International recently concluded and there was no shortage of great performances in the women’s freestyle division. Wrestlers from all over the world convened at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO to compete. Included were many former and current WCWA wrestlers looking for gold at the prestigious tournament. Two current WCWA wrestlers in Campbellsville’s Kayla Miracle and Wayland Baptist’s Gabriela Ramos-Diaz walked away as champions of their respective weights.
Miracle navigated a brutal bracket to win the 62 kg weight class. After a first-round bye, she met up with Yui Sakano of Japan. Sakano, a former Cadet world champion and former Dave Schultz Memorial winner, put up a good fight but Miracle was able to prevail by a score of 3-1. She followed that up with a dominating 8-0 victory over three-time Korean Senior world team member Jin-Young Hang. That set up a finals match against her Campbellsville teammate Grace Bullen. Bullen, who joined the Campbellsville team this year after moving across the globe from Norway, is considered one of the top wrestlers in the world on the women’s circuit. Currently the fifth-ranked wrestler in the world at 58 kg, she proved to be no match for the red-hot Miracle who eventually earned the fall after building a 9-0 lead. Also to be noted regarding Miracle, five days before this she defeated 2012 Cadet world champion and 2015 Junior world runner-up Yoshimi Kayama of Japan by a 10-4 score at the Beat the Streets Los Angeles USA vs. Japan dual. She then capped off her week with a victory at the NWCA All-Star Classic. Quite the impressive run over the course of seven days.
Gabriela Ramos-Diaz, Wayland Baptist’s seventeen-year-old freshman from Cantano, Puerto Rico, claimed gold in the 55 kg weight class. Starting her day with a dominating 10-0 win over Monica Mendoza, she then followed that up with a hard-fought 10-8 victory over Japan’s Yurie Yoneoka. That set up a finals match with fellow WCWA freshman and former Cadet world champion and Cadet world runner-up Ronna Heaton of Grays Harbor. Ramos-Diaz would come out the victor in a 10-6 match, securing a gold medal.
Match to Watch this Week – #8 Emmanuel College (6-1) vs. #5 King University (6-1)
Four-time defending WCWA champion King University hosts Emmanuel College and Ferrum College in a tri-meet Friday, November 10th, 2017. This will give fans a chance to see fifth-ranked King University take on eighth-ranked Emmanuel College. Both programs are currently 6-1 on the season with King’s only blemish coming from a 37-8 defeat to second-ranked Campbellsville and Emmanuel’s only loss coming from a 26-18 defeat from fourth-ranked University of the Cumberlands.
Both programs have line-ups that are filled with wrestlers who are ranked in the top eight in their weight class including some weights with multiple ranked wrestlers. King has six wrestlers ranked in the top eight and Emmanuel has five in the most current rankings. I’d expect some line-up shuffling from both teams however below is a look at what we could see. Ultimately I think King’s experience will be the deciding factor in what should be a very close dual. However they may have to overcome a forfeit at 155 pounds, a weight they have forfeited in five out of six duals after an early injury.
101: Charliette Hamer, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. #2 Regina Doi, Sr. (King)
109: #2 Maria Vidales, So. (Emmanuel) vs. #1 @ 101 Marina Doi, Sr. (King)
116: #8 Alexis Encinas, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. #5 @ 109 Aleeah Gould, So. (King)
123: Trinity Duarte, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Briana Kellin, Fr. (King)
130: #5 Abigail Nette, So. (Emmanuel) vs. #6 Allison Petix, Fr. (King)
136: Sadie Tackett, So. (Emmanuel) vs. #7 Nicole Joseph, So. (King)
143: #6 Kayla Marano, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Leilani Vital, Fr. (King)
155: Felicity Bryant, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Forfeit
170: Ophelia Lara, So. (Emmanuel) vs. Denise Perez, Fr. (King)
191: Briana Jordan, Fr. (Emmanuel) vs. Clark Walker, Jr. (King)