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Nette Claims National Championship As Lions Finish 4th At Nationals

Nette Claims National Championship As Lions Finish 4th At Nationals

MARIETTA, Ga. - Fifteen wrestlers represented the Emmanuel College women's wrestling team at the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championship on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th. Among the pool of 36 Schools and 315 Wrestlers, the Lions walked away with 1 National Champion, 3 Finalists, and 2 Semifinalists as the team claimed a 4th place overall finish. 

The Lady Lions finished with an overall score of 167.5 points behind 1st place finisher Menlo College (199.5), second place finisher Simon Fraser University (195), and 3rd place finisher McKendree University (189).

Leading the Lions was Junior Abby Nette who dominated with five consecutive victories to take the National Championship at 130-pounds. In her first two matchups, Nette won by technical superiority, 10-0, earning her way into the quarterfinals. When matched up against Julissa Taitano of Southern Oregon, Nette won by fall to advance to the semifinals. In Nette's semifinal matchup, her opponent Lauren Mason of Simon Fraser University was the first wrestler of the tournament to score any technical points on her. Despite Mason's 4 points, Nette cruised to another 14-4 victory to win by another technical superiority. The championship bout saw Nette with another 12-2 win by technical superiority over Brenda Reyna of McKendree University.

Narrowly missing out on National Champion honors were freshman Angelina Gomez and Kaylee Seabolt, and sophomore Felicity Bryant all finishing 2nd place in their respective weight classes.

Angelina Gomez won three straight matches by points starting with a 10-6 win over Faye Cherrier of Life University, followed by an 8-5 win over Nina Pham of Wayland Baptist University, and finally a 10-8 win over Junnette Caldera of University of Jamestown. When pitted against Asia Ray of Wayland Baptist  University for the 101-pound championship bout, Gomez was outscored 4-2.

Kaylee Seabolt went on a three match run of back to back victories by fall over Sara Aguilar of Menlo College, Brandy Lowe of McKendree University, and Serena Woldring of Simon Fraser University before facing Destane Garrick of McKendree University for the 191-pound championship. There, Seabolt was outscored, 10-5.

Felicity Bryant started her run towards the championship with a win by fall against Chloe Rogers of Simon Fraser University. She followed that up with a narrow 4-3 victory over Margaret Douma of Oklahoma City University. Bryant's quarterfinal and semifinal bouts saw two more wins by points before a final matchup against Jayden Laurent of Lakeland University resulted in a technical superiority loss for the 143-pound championship.

Sophomore Kayla Marano and Senior Hannah Gladden both claimed 4th place finishes after reaching the semifinals. In the 136-pound weight class, Marano defeated Paige Cook of Gannon University by fall followed by a win by technical superiority over Akina Yamada of Waldorf University. In the quarterfinal match Marano topped Abnelis Yambo of Brewton-Parker College with a 10-9 victory. Marano's run was finally cut short in the semifinal round with a loss by technical superiority to Solin Piearcy of Menlo College. 

Hannah Gladden's trail consisted of three wins by technical superiority over Myranda Velazquez of the University of Jamestown, Yulissa Medrano-Iagunas of Missouri Baptist University, and Anna Naylor of the University of the Cumberlands. A narrow 5-3 loss to Alexandria Glaude of McKendree University landed Gladden with a 4th place finish in the 155-pound weight class.

Rounding out the top performers was Freshman Kasey Baynon who took 7th place in the 116-pound weight class. Baynon won by technical superiority over Autumn Potkay of Ferrum University and Elena Hughes of Campbellsville University before falling to Gracie Figueroa of Menlo College in the quarterfinals in the same fashion.

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