Women's Wrestling travels to WCWA National Tournament

Photo credits to Dr. Blake Rackley
Photo credits to Dr. Blake Rackley

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The Emmanuel College Women's Wrestling team is heading to Oklahoma City to compete in their first tournament of the month.

The Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) Nationals is being held Feb. 9-10 in Abe Lemons Arena at Oklahoma City University.

According to the WCWA website, Emmanuel College is one of the 38 schools that make up the membership of the association. The tournament will host over 200 competing athletes from those schools this weekend.

In a pre-Nationals ranking list from TheMat.com, Emmanuel is ranked number five with 55 team points. Emmanuel follows just five points behind number four King University, who has been the team champion every year since 2014.

Along with their top-five team rank, Emmanuel also has nine individually ranked women in various weight classes.

Those nine start with Iesha Washington at number seven in the 101 weight class. In the 109 weight class, Cody Pfau ranks number one with Maria Vidales at number three.

Representing Emmanuel in the 116 weight class are Victoria Gutierrez at number eight and Ali Encinas at number 11. Abby Nette comes in at number four in the 123 weight class, and Astrid Silva represents the 136 weight class at number nine.

Kayla Marano and Felicity Bryant are both ranked in the 143 weight class, with Marano in third and Bryant at number eight.

Along with being ranked first in her weight class, Pfau has been featured in a story from The Open Mat, a wrestling website, as a wrestler to look out for during the tournament.

Pfau, along with Simon Fraser University's Mallory Velte, and King University's Marina Doi, may leave the tournament with a four-time All-American title and as a three-time national champion, according to the website.

Head Coach Link Davis said Pfau and the rest of the team have been practicing hard for the upcoming tournament.

"We are looking good," he said. "We are taking 15 to the tournament and I like the attitude of our team right now. We just have to treat it like all the other tournaments and go out and perform."

Tournament preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, with other rounds beginning at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, according to the schedule on TheMat.com, . The finals will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday after third, fifth, and seventh place matches are held at 10 a.m.  

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