OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Leilani Camargo-Naone came within one victory of bringing home Midland University’s first women’s wrestling national championship on Saturday. With the finish, the sophomore from Hawaii, earned All-America honors. The first women’s wrestler at Midland to accomplish that feat.
To open the tournament Camargo-Naone pinned Maranda Dornan of Ottawa and then recorded a 12-2 win over Darcie Manning-O’Brien of Missouri Baptist.
The sophomore from Oahu, Hawaii, had to defeat the top-ranked and the No. 4 wrestlers at the weight to move into the finals. Camargo-Naone pinned No. 1 Payten Smith of Simon Fraser in 1:49 in the semifinals and No. 4 Kaitlyn Hill of Campbellsville in 2:45 in the quarterfinals.
Camargo-Naone, ranked fifth in her weight class in the WCWA, lost 10-0 to Grays Harbor’s Paige Baynes, who came into the event ranked second at 191.
Overall, the Warriors qualified seven wrestlers for the event and finished 18th out of 32 teams.
Erin Scheidt won her opening bout at 155 before losing the next two. Gabbie Hunter at 143 and Welina Tong at 191 won bouts in the consolation rounds.
Midland has four other national events scheduled before the end of the season. Next up is the NWCA Nationals on March 8-10 in Allen, Texas, followed by the U23 World Team Trial Qualifier on March 25 in Las Vegas, the U.S. Open on April 23-26 in Las Vegas and the Body Bar Nationals on May 11 in Irving, Texas.