photo courtesy of John Sachs; TechFall.com
Some heated competition took place this past weekend in the WCWA and with some intriguing results. First, the WCWA was represented at the 2018 NWCA All-Start Classic with five competitive women’s matches alongside the men at the showcase event held in Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 2, 2018. Then, the following day over 100 wrestlers from various clubs and teams, including Oklahoma City, Menlo, Emmanuel, and host Simon Fraser, convened in Burnaby, British Columbia for the SFU International Open. Below we look at five of the most impressive performances of the weekend.
1) Simon Fraser’s, Dominique Parrish, competed in her second consecutive NWCA All-Star Classic this weekend. The three-time All-American and 2018 WCWA National Champion at 123-pounds was pitted against returning All-American Gabriela Ramos-Diaz (Wayland Baptist) in a highly anticipated bout of the top-two ranked wrestlers at 123-pounds. However, from the moment the whistle blew, it was all Parrish, who dominated her way to a 10-0 technical fall victory. Ramos-Diaz had no answer for Parrish, who seemingly scored at will on various attacks, including a nasty inside trip. This was the first time these competitors have been pitted against each other, but there is an excellent chance we see a rematch this season. Parrish, who should surpass 100 career victories this season and is set to compete at the U23 World Championships later this month, showed that she is a strong bet to repeat as national champion.
2) Emmanuel College’s, Abby Nette, wrestled her way to a third-place finish at the 2018 WCWA National Championships at 123-pounds. Making her first appearance at the All-Star Classic, she was matched up against the returning 130-pound fourth-place finisher, Erika Mihalca (Missouri Baptist). Nette, ranked third at 123-pounds, was bumping up a weight for this match to take on the second-ranked Mihalca, dominated the match from start to finish, racking up a 10-0 technical fall victory over her counterpart. She too is set to compete at the U23 World Championships later this month.
3) In a rematch of the 2018 WCWA 170-pound finals, Wayland Baptist’s Brittany Marshall outlasted Mariah Harris (Campbellsville) to win 3-1. With the match tied 1-1 in the final minute, Marshal found a way to overcome being put on the shot clock as she finally was able to get through the defense of Harris and secure the winning takedown. These two are sure to see each other again this season, and I would assume we can expect close matches every time.
4) Simon Fraser’s, Serena Woldring, a freshman, had one of the most impressive performances of the weekend when she captured the 86 kg title at the SFU International Open. She went 4-0 and did not yield a single point on her way to the title, including dominating wins over multiple All-Americans. In her opening round match, she made quick work of Brandy Lowe (McKendree), winning by 10-0 technical fall. Lowe has finished second, third, and third respectively at the WCWA National Championships. She followed that up with two more 10-0 technical fall victories over Kaylee Seabolt (Emmanuel) and Emily Sandoval (Menlo). In her final match, she shut out returning All-American, Korinahe Bullock (McKendree) by the score of 5-0. Not a bad day by the freshman from Vancouver.
5) Emmanuel’s Kayla Marano cruised to the 65 kg title at the SFU International Open in impressive fashion. The returning All-American was never really tested as she outscored her opponents 40-3 in four matches wrestled on the day. Last year’s third-place finisher at 143-pounds is a contender for the top spot on the podium this year and is off to a solid start to the 2018-19 season.