SOCC Scores Back-to-Back NCWWA Titles
The NCWWA had its deepest field of teams in its five-year history. But the other 14 teams couldn’t derail SOCC’s quick start that saw it earn titles in the first three weight classes. The Lakers had all but clinched the team title on Friday by advancing wrestlers into the title bouts in six of the eight brackets.
Mikayala Pico started the Lakers’ run with the 105-pound title, pinning Florida A&M’s Crystal Lipscomb in 14 seconds. Yolanda Lawes took the 112 title by scoring two pins, the second in 2:24 to beat Texas’ Rachel Rawlings in the finals match. The 121 title match was an intra-squad battle as Katy Dawson pinned teammate Claudia Paez in 49 seconds.
NCWWA rules allow a team to enter two wrestlers in a bracket, but one of them must be designated as a non-scoring wrestler. Paez was one of the Lakers’ four runners-up in the tournament.
SOCC’s streak through the lower weights continued in the 130 and 139 brackets, as Shay Workman and Haylee Rabensten reached the finals before settling for runner-up finishes. Caroline Crawford was seeded first at 148, but was upset in the semifinals before rallying to place third. Melissa Starheim took second at 176 to finish off SOCC’s scoring long after it had clinched the title.
The Lakers won the 2012 national title with 83.5 points.
Lindenwood-Belleville scored two championships and two third-place finishes to tally 52.5 points and the national runner-up finish. The first title came from Hailee Lilly in the 139 bracket. Lilly took out top-seeded Cindy Kuang of San Jose State in the semifinals with an 11-4 decision, then pinned SOCC’s Rabensten in 15 seconds.
Shana Prifte had a similar path to the 148 finals, beating top-seed Caroline Crawford in the semifinals with a 43-second pin, then put Connecticut’s Abby Fisher on her back in 2:00 in the final. The Lions’ other points came from Allison Hoshide’s third-place medal at 121, and LaShundria Carter, who took third at 159.
San Jose State was able to secure third place overall with only two wrestlers, paced by Sonia Beri’s championship at 130. Beri took advantage of a bye through the semifinals, then pinned SOCC’s Workman in the final in 1:41. Kuang earned the Spartans’ other medal with a third-place finish at 139.
Cassian Corey’s title win at 159 guided Massachusetts to fourth place overall with 25.5 points. Corey pinned Lindenwood-Belleville’s Carter in the semifinals, then won the final also by fall in 1:15 over Misha Nelson of Florida A&M. Lombardo’s fourth-place finish at 121 gave Massachusetts their other team points.
Nelson’s runner-up finish was one of two for Florida A&M, and the Rattlers took fifth-place with 20 points.
West Chester’s Kimberly Spiegel closed the tournament with a finals win at 176, pinning SOCC’s Starheim in 6:53. Spiegel was WCU’s only entry, but her championship placed the Rams in sixth with 19 points.
The tournament marked the first time Texas had entered a women’s team, and the Longhorns came away with a seventh-place finish with 15 points. Rawlings took second at 112, and Paveglio fourth at 148.
Eastern Washington, Central Washington and Texas State each entered wrestlers into NCWWA brackets for the first time this season.
The team title was the fifth in a row for a team from the Pacific Northwest, as Yakima Valley Community College (Wash.) won the first three championships, but has not qualified a team in the two years since.
NCWWA FINALS ROUNDS RESULTS
Championship – Mikayala Pico, Southwestern Oregon CC, def. Crystal Lipschomb, Florida A&M, by fall 0:14.
No third-place match.
Championship – Yolanda Lawes, Southwestern Oregon CC, def. Rachel Rawlings, Texas, by fall 2:24.
Third-place – Franchesca Ybarra, Southwestern Oregon CC, def. Gabriella Alejandro, Eastern Washington, by fall 1:11.
Championship – Katy Dawson, Southwestern Oregon CC, def. Claudia Paez, Southwestern Oregon CC, by fall 0:49.
Third-place – Allison Hoshide, Lindenwood-Belleville, def. Samantha Lombardo, Massachusetts, 6-4.
Championship – Sonia Beri, San Jose State, def. Shay Workman, Southwestern Oregon CC, by fall 1:41.
Third-place – Maliha Mithani, Kansas State, uncontested.
Championship – Hailee Lilly, Lindenwood-Belleville, def. Haylee Rabensten, Southwestern Oregon CC, by fall 0:15.
Third-place – Cindy Kuang, San Jose State, def. Jasmine Cothran, Middle Tennessee, by fall 5:57.
Championship – Shana Prifte, Lindenwood-Belleville, def. Abby Fisher, Connecticut, by fall 2:00.
Third-place – Caroline Crawford, Southwestern Oregon CC, def. Kaitlin Paveglio, Texas, by fall 5:37.
Championship – Cassian Corey, Massachusetts, def. Misha Nelson, Florida A&M, by fall 1:15.
Third-place – LaShundria Carter, Lindenwood-Belleville, uncontested.
Championship – Kimberly Spiegel, West Chester, def. Melissa Starheim, Southwestern Oregon CC, by fall 6:53.
Third-place – Jasmine Grant, South Florida, uncontested.