Larger Pacific Women's Squad Ready To Compete
FOREST GROVE--Head Coach Severin Walsh is ready to start the women’s wrestling season with his new squad. “We’ve doubled our numbers this year,” said Walsh. “We have a great freshman class coming in.”
This season the women’s team is back to a full schedule of open meets and duals after having to compete in a limited schedule last season due to the small number of individuals on the team. The Boxer roster has grown from two members last season to six for the upcoming season, with four freshmen and two seniors.
The seniors, Rebecca Hofmann (La Mirada, Calif.) and Summer Steenberg (Sequim, Wash.), will lead the Boxers with a wealth of experience.
Hofmann was a National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Women’s Division national champion in 2009 in the unlimited weight class, but saw limited action last season due to the small Boxer roster.
Steenberg is ready to compete in her senior season as she rejoins the Pacific team after a year away from competition. Steenberg was the Boxers’ most successful wrestler in 2008-09, compiling a 7-2 record in collegiate style matches at 59 kilograms. She finished her last season placing third at the NCWA National Championships to collect her second All-American honor.
Walsh looks forward to see what his freshmen class will add to the team this season. Andrina Ramos (Kahuku, Hawaii), Jessica Tamayo (Oceanside, Calif.), Jodi Ozaki (Waikoloa, Hawaii) and Punneh Abdolhosseini (Seattle, Wash.) will add the much-needed depth to the Boxer roster.
Ramos will come for the team for the first time after spending a year at Pacific. As a high school prep, Ramos finished fourth in the Hawaii state championships. “Andrina has a great work ethic and is technically sound,” said Walsh.
Tamayo will add years of experience from high school and club competition to the Boxers. “Jessica is a talented young lady,” says Walsh. “She continues to work hard to improve.”
Ozaki, another fourth place finisher at the state championships, will look to make an immediate impact of the Boxers. “Jody has a real passion for the sport,” Walsh states. “She wants to improve and compete.”
Abdolhosseini, who also finished fourth at the state championships her senior season as a high school prep, will join the Boxers after the conclusion of Pacific’s cross country season. “Punneh will add a lot after cross country season,” Walsh said. “She will be in great shape and we expect her to do big things on the mat this season.”
“The team wants to keep improving,” Walsh states. “Everyone wants to become a better student-athlete and we keep pushing them on and off the mat to achieve those goals.”