MONDAY, FEBRUARY 01
MARSHALL, Mo. – Oklahoma City University repeated as Women’s College Wrestling Association national champions on the strength of four national individual champions and two runner-up finishes Saturday at the Burns Athletic Center.
Stephanie Waters at 44 kilograms, Michaela Hutchison at 55, Amberle Montgomery at 67 and Brittany Delgado at 95 each captured national titles for the Stars. Nicole Woody at 48 and Melissa Simmons at 82 made the finals at their weights as OCU outscored Cumberlands (Ky.) 124-76.
The Stars had 13 all-Americans as Taylor Busboom, Na’Tasha Umemoto, Ashley Hudson, Sheila McCabe and Brittney Roberts each took third in their respective weight classes. OCU’s other all-Americans were Ashley Morehouse and Tessa Plana.
“We’re pretty excited,” OCU coach Archie Randall said. “We wrestled pretty well. We had a couple of exceptional matches from the girls. The most important thing is we have everyone coming back.”
The Stars benefited from having five individuals take third. While they didn’t finish in the championship round, they still contributed several points toward the championship tally.
“After we lost those semifinals, the way we wrestled those third-place matches, that’s where we won the tournament,” Randall said. “We needed everyone to come back through the consolations. To win, you’ve got to battle back. They had to come right back up to the mat after losing in the semifinals.”
Waters, a junior from Joliet, Ill., knocked off Lisa Martinez of Cumberlands 5-0, 5-2 in the 44-kilo championship bout.
“She hit a five-point move to end the period in the first period in the first 40 seconds of the match,” Randall said. “It was exceptional.”
Hutchison, a sophomore from Soldotna, Alaska, edged Shauna Isbell of Lindenwood (Mo.) 1-0, 2-0 to win her second consecutive national title at 55 kilograms.
“Michaela wrestled conservatively and cautiously,” Randall said. “She did enough to win, but we could have gotten more from her.”
Montgomery, a freshman from Orting, Wash., caught Veronica Carlson of Missouri Baptist in a headlock and finished her off with a pin in 1:05. Montgomery, 22, joined the Stars at the start of the spring semester and became the 67-kilogram national champion.
“She had a perfect matchup,” Randall said. “Montgomery is a headlocker, and Carlson pushes and shoves.
“She’s amazing. She didn’t get in until Christmas. She came to Oklahoma City to get her degree and wrestle. She packed everything up and gave everything up to compete for us. Usually it takes those girls from the Olympic Training Center a year to get used to our style, but she works so hard.”
Delgado, a sophomore from Simpsonville, S.C., beat Jessica Scott of Cumberlands 1-0, 2-1 at 95 kilograms. Delgado overcame an illness to erase the sting of finishing third at 82 kilograms last year.
“Brittany Delgado had the flu, but she shook the curse and won the national title,” Randall said. “She finished third last year, and that was tough. She’s so mentally tough. She was so sick she didn’t get her award.”
Woody, a junior from Gambrills, Md., fell 0-2, 1-0, 3-0 to Simon Fraser’s Victoria Anthony in the 48-kilo title match. Hilary Greening of Simon Fraser nipped Simmons 1-0, 2-0 for the 82-kilo national crown.
To overcome Karon Scott’s injury at 95, Roberts moved from 82 kilograms to 72, Simmons from 72 to 82 and Delgado bumped from 82 to 95.
1. Oklahoma City, 124; 2. Cumberlands (Ky.), 76; 3. Simon Fraser (British Columbia), 70; 4. Missouri Baptist, 60; 5. Jamestown (N.D.), 38; 6. Missouri Valley, 23; 7. Lindenwood (Mo.), 21; 8. Menlo (Calif.), 19; 9. Regina (Saskatchewan), 14; 10. King (Tenn.), 13; 11. U.S. Olympic Education Center, 12; 12. Wisconsin-River Falls, 5.
44: Stephanie Waters, Oklahoma City, dec. Lisa Martinez, Cumberlands, 5-0, 5-2
48: Victoria Anthony, Simon Fraser, dec. Nicole Woody, Oklahoma City, 0-2, 1-0, 3-0
51: Katherine Fulp-Allen, Menlo, dec. Amy Whitbeck, Missouri Baptist, 2-2, 1-0
55: Michaela Hutchison, Oklahoma City, dec. Shauna Isbell, Lindenwood, 1-0, 2-0
59: Helen Maroulis, Missouri Baptist, dec. Randi Beltz, Missouri Valley, 2-2, 2-1, 3-0
63: Danielle Lappage, Simon Fraser, pinned Schuyler Brown, Missouri Baptist, 5-0, 3:06
67: Amberle Montgomery, Oklahoma City, pinned Veronica Carlson, Missouri Baptist, 1:05
72: Lauren Knight, Cumberlands, dec. Taylor Dick, Simon Fraser, 6-2, 4-4
82: Hilary Greening, Simon Fraser, dec. Melissa Simmons, Oklahoma City, 1-0, 2-0
95: Brittany Delgado, Oklahoma City, dec. Jessica Scott, Cumberlands, 1-0, 2-1