original photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com
The Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) portion of the season officially concluded earlier this month with what was a fantastic and exciting national championship tournament in Marietta, Georgia. Ten women were crowned national champions and any of the 10 would be very deserving, however, after much thought, February’s wrestler of the month is Dymond Guilford from Missouri Baptist University. Competing in what could be considered the deepest weight class in the entire tournament, with six returning All-Americans, including the 2018 national champion and runner-up, the sophomore from Lancaster, CA ran the gauntlet from her spot as the three-seed to come out on top.
Guilford opened the tournament by reeling off three straight victories without yielding a single point, including a pin over Rebekah Trudel (Simon Fraser), to reach the semifinals. In the semis, she met up with 2018 U23 World bronze medalist, Kori Bullock (McKendree). The match was tied 1-1 late before Guilford came out on top of a wild scramble to secure a pin to move on to the finals. In the finals, she squared off with Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific) who had just knocked off 2018 champion and top-seed, Brittany Marshall (Wayland Baptist). Guilford wasted little time scoring a takedown before locking up an unstoppable lace to end the match in just over two minutes with a 10-0 technical fall. In total, Guilford outscored her opponents 39-1 while picking up three technical falls and two pins on her way to the 2019 170-pound title.
Congratulations to Dymond Guilford from all of us here at The Open Mat on her outstanding performance at the 2019 WCWA National Championships and being our Women’s College Wrestling Wrestler of the Month for February!