FORREST CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s women’s wrestling team began its fall season over the weekend as five wrestlers from four different weight classes competed at the Waldorf Open on Friday and Saturday.
The Warriors entered brackets that did not carry team scores, but counted toward their individual records. Together, the Warriors won six matches in the event.
Freshman Ashley Gooman put together a phenomenal outing in her Midland debut as she won each of her first two matches, plus a first-round bye, to advance to the 116-lb championship match. Gooman won by technical fall (10-0) over Lyon’s Mariah Spix and by fall (2:35) over Jamestown’s Samantha Weeks in her quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
In the championship, Jamestown’s Josie Bartishofski handed Gooman her first loss as a Warrior in a 16-6 technical fall.
In the 123-lb weight class, sophomore Alanah Vetterick also worked her way through the bracket and eventually found herself in the fifth-place match versus Lakeland’s Katelynn Gunderson. After an opening-round technical fall (10-0) win over York’s Bailey Theel, Vetterick alternated wins and losses to find herself in the consolation bracket.
Vetterick dropped the fifth-place match to Gunderson by way of fall (2:25).
Freshman Kaelie Tomlin also found her way to a fifth-place match as she won her first match by fall (1:47) over Grand View’s Kayli Barrett before dropping her next three to finish in sixth place in the 143-lb bracket.
With a lot of young talent on Midland’s squad this season, these opening matches are still important, but their primary role is to give the Warriors a taste of collegiate wrestling before starting up with team and conference events. The Warriors certainly gained valuable experience against solid competition this weekend.
Midland takes to the mats again next Sunday, November 17, when the Warriors participate in the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Misso