LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Midland University’s women’s wrestling team competed in the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) Duals this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. The Warriors were one of ten NAIA schools competing for the mid-season team dual championship. Midland lost both of their duals, 29-19 to Lyon College and 27-14 to University of Providence. Menlo College won the team title.
In their match with the Scots of Lyon the Warrior picked up wins in four bouts. Esther Walker and Leilani Camargo-Naone both won via forfeits. Tanalei Louis, currently ranked No. 3 at 136, won via tech. fall (11-0) over No. 15 Aleandrea Banag. Mahealani Lewis pinned her opponent, No. 16-ranked Ashely Cook in 3:00.
Against the Argos of Providence, Midland was able to only win three bouts. Louis won her bout at 136 over No. 6-ranked Jenna Awana with a pin in just 1:45. Tayler Peligrino-Hayase won a 4-3 decision over Maria Enriquez. Camargo-Naone won another bout via forfeit.
“We’re a young team right now battling some injuries and are not nearly as deep as we would like to be,” commented head coach Matt Atwood. “When we have girls go down with injuries it’s hard to fill those spots. I’m proud of the girls and their effort on the mat, I’m especially proud of the girls who stepped up and put the team before themselves.”
Avery Thomason, Kiana Hatfield, and Esther Walker all moved up a class to help the team this weekend.
“When you have athletes like this it makes your job as a coach so much more satisfying,” added Coach Atwood. “We didn’t have the results we wanted, but we have great leadership and a great foundation on this team and I couldn’t be more excited for the future.”
Midland will be back in action this weekend as they travel to York, Nebraska for another dual tournament and an open tournament. The dual meets will be held on Friday, January 17 beginning at 4:00 p.m. while the open event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.