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Texas Girls take charge at the Blue Chip Open

Five schools crown multiple champions at
Blue Chip OCU Open, 2 of them Texas Girls

Over 20 Texas girls from various colleges from around the US placed at the OCU open in Oklahoma City this weekend.  Asia Ray from Wayland Baptist/Arlington and Passion Hollands from Emmanuel College/Trinity both came away with Championships in their first collegiate competition.

Story By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Oct. 21, 2017, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Asia Ray, a freshman at Wayland Baptist, competing at the 2017 Junior World Championship. Photo by Richard Immel.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Action wrapped up at the Blue Chip Oklahoma City Open, hosted by Oklahoma City University, on Saturday afternoon, crowning 11 champions.

Five schools picked up two champions each, including Emmanuel College, Grays Harbor, McKendree, OCU and Wayland Baptist.

The tournament began with pool action on Friday and continued with bracket competition on Saturday.

Winning for the host school OCU Stars was All-American Rachel Watters and freshman Monica Mendoza.

Watters, who recently won a spot on the 2017 U.S. U23 World Team, tallied a 6-0 record on the weekend with two bonus-point wins to claim the title at 170 pounds.

Mendoza started the weekend with five pins in pool play before sailing to the 123-pound finals with another pair of falls. In the finals, she was awarded a win by injury default over 2015 Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton of Grays Harbor.

Another 2017 U23 World Team member Cody Pfau won her second-straight tournament with a championship at 109 pounds. A two-time WCWA national champion at OCU and now senior at Emmanuel College, Pfau dominated the field with five first-period falls and a 12-0 tech fall in finals over Vanessa Ramirez of McKendree.

Passion Hollins was the other Emmanuel wrestler victorious on Saturday, winning the title in one of the 155-pound brackets, finishing off the day with a 5-0 decision against Leslie Alaniz of Lindenwood.

Menlo College boasts the other 155-pound champion, returning All-American Iman Kazem. In her run to the title, Kazem claimed wins over two past All-Americans, including Marina Briceno of Wayland Baptist and Kiera Gabaldon of Warner Pacific.

McKendree was well represented, winning crowns at 130 pounds and 143 pounds.

At 130 pounds, 2016 All-American Alexia Ward had a solid tournament, finishing Friday with five 10-0 tech fall wins. On Saturday, she continued her winning ways to advance to the finals, where she faced Abigail Nette, who gave Ward her first test of the weekend. Ward secured the championship with a 4-4 win on criteria.

Two-time All-American Cassandra Herkelman pushed her way through the bracket at 143 pounds. In the finals, she met up with 2015 Cadet World bronze medalist and Emmanuel College freshman Kayla Marano. The Bearcat outlasted the Lion with an 8-5 decision.

Grays Harbor transfers and 2017 All-Americans Desiree Zavala and Paige Baynes climbed to the top of the podium for the Lady Chokers, winning at 136 pounds and 191 pounds, respectively.

Baynes, who was a 2017 WCWA finalist, outscored her opponents 69-5 on the weekend with six tech fall wins. In the finals, she took out Leilani Camargo-Naon of Midland University in a 10-0 win.

Zavala, a 2017 WCWA third-place finisher, ran through the competition at 136 pounds, recording six wins, five of which came with bonus points attached. She matched up with All-American Solin Piearcy of Menlo in the finals, which was her closest match of the weekend. Zavala emerged victorious with a 7-4 win.

Two Wayland Baptist freshmen, Asia Ray and Gabriela Ramos-Diaz, won titles on Saturday. Both competed at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland, this summer.

Junior World bronze medalist Ray surrendered only one point on the weekend to win the title at 101 pounds, emerging from pool action with an unblemished 5-0 record, which included three pins and two technical falls. In bracket play, Ray notched two pins to earn a spot in the finals, where she defeated Grays Harbor freshman Nina Pham with a 10-0 tech fall.

Ramos-Diaz, a native of Puerto Rico, was similarly dominant at 116 pounds, claiming two wins on Friday to advance to Saturday’s championship bracket. There she took out Emmanuel College’s Victoria Gutierrez in the finals with a 10-0 shutout.

BLUE CHIP OKLAHOMA CITY OPEN
at Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 20-21

Final results
101 pounds
1st Place Match – Asia Ray (Wayland Baptist University) won by tech fall over Nina Pham (Grays Harbor) (TF 10-0)
3rd Place Match – Hiba Salem (Menlo) won by tech fall over Charlie Hammer (Emmanuel College) (TF 10-0)
5th Place Match – Coellet Rangel (McKendree University) won by fall over Madisen Alvarado (Lindenwood University) (Fall 2:13)
7th Place Match – Shania Melendez (Lindenwood University) won by tech fall over Alaura Couch (Waldorf University) (TF 11-0)

109 pounds
1st Place Match – Cody Pfau (Emmanuel College) won by tech fall over Vanessa Ramirez (McKendree University) (TF 12-0)
3rd Place Match – Raven Guidry (Oklahoma City University) won by tech fall over Valeria Rivera (Ottawa University) (TF 10-0)
5th Place Match – Allissa Maldonado (McKendree Bearcat) won by tech fall over Iesha Washington (Emmanuel College) (TF 12-2)
7th Place Match – Rhonda Johnson (Wayland Baptist University) won by tech fall over Alexandra Christoforatos (Menlo) (TF 10-0)

116 pounds
1st Place Match – Gabriela Ramos-Diaz (Wayland Baptist University) won by tech fall over Victoria Gutierrez (Emmanuel College) (TF 10-0)
3rd Place Match – Alexis Encinas (Emmanuel College) won by decision over Cassidy Jasperson (Oklahoma City University) (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match – Tiana Jackson (Menlo) won by decision over Brittany Wynn (Grays Harbor) (Dec 4-2)
7th Place Match – Leiana Nacapuy (Oklahoma City University) won by injury default over Michelle Lomas (Oklahoma City University) (Inj. 0:00)

123 pounds
1st Place Match – Monica Mendoza (Oklahoma City University) won by injury default over Ronna Heaton (Grays Harbor) (Inj. 0:00)
3rd Place Match – Brenda Reyna (McKendree University) won by default Gabrielle Weyhrich (McKendree University)
5th Place Match – Mia Dow (MacMurray College) won by decision over Angeles Cabada (Oklahoma City University) (Dec 8-2)
7th Place Match – Daniela Flores (Oklahoma City University) won by fall over Laynee Pasion (Menlo) (Fall 2:42)

130 pounds
1st Place Match – Alexia Ward (McKendree Bearcat) won by decision over Abigail Nette (Emmanuel College) (Dec 4-4)
3rd Place Match – Erin Redford (Oklahoma City University) won by decision over Logan Mize (Lyon College) (Dec 8-6)
5th Place Match – Dionnica Tolliver (Menlo) won by tech fall over Alex Herle (Emmanuel College) (TF 10-0)
7th Place Match – Shelly Avelino (Menlo) won by injury default over Tehani Carlson (Warner Pacific) (Inj. 1:02)

136 pounds
1st Place Match – Desiree Zavala (Grays Harbor) won by decision over Solin Piearcy (Menlo) (Dec 7-4)
3rd Place Match – Regina Dickinson (Warner Pacific) won by tech fall over Darla Allen (McKendree University) (TF 11-0)
5th Place Match – Elissa Douglass (Lyon College) won by injury default over Natalia Hinojo (Oklahoma City University) (Inj. 0:00)
7th Place Match – Michelle Camacho (McKendree Bearcat WC UN) won by tech fall over Talitha Allen (Emmanuel College) (TF 10-0)

143 pounds
1st Place Match – Cassandra Herkelman (McKendree University) won by decision over Kayla Marano (Emmanuel College) (Dec 8-5)
3rd Place Match – Brittany Bates (Wayland Baptist University) won by fall over Isabella Fuentes (McKendree University) (Fall 2:14)
5th Place Match – Marliyn Garcia (Menlo) won by injury default over Margaret Douma (Oklahoma City University)
7th Place Match – Astrid Silva (Emmanuel College) won by decision over Kerlie Richemond (McKendree University) (Dec 4-0)

155 pounds (A)
1st Place Match – Iman Kazem (Menlo) won by injury default over Kiera Gabaldon (Warner Pacific) (Inj. 0:00)
3rd Place Match – Yvonne Galindo (Oklahoma City University) won by tech fall over Andrea Sennett (McKendree University) (TF 12-1)
5th Place Match – Kendra KeHRLI (Ottawa University) won by injury default over Erin Scheidt (Midland University) (Inj. 0:00)
7th Place Match – Marina Briceno (Wayland Baptist University) won by fall over Felicity Bryant (Emmanuel College) (Fall 4:53)

155 pounds (B)
1st Place Match – Passion Hollins (Emmanuel College) won by decision over Leslie Alaniz (Lindenwood University) (Dec 5-0)
3rd Place Match – Brooke Holt (McKendree University) won by decision over Skylar Brock (Wayland Baptist University) (Dec 8-2)
5th Place Match – Kassandra Castillo (Waldorf University) won by tech fall over Brighton Hutton (Missouri Baptist) (TF 10-0)
7th Place Match – Linette Ambriz (Bacone College) won by forfeit over Samantha Edwinson (Ottawa University) (FF)

170 pounds
1st Place Match – Rachel Watters (Oklahoma City University) won by decision over Precious Bell (Menlo) (Dec 11-2)
3rd Place Match – Korinahe Bullock (McKendree University) and Olivia Toth (McKendree University) (DFF)
5th Place Match – Audrey Bucher (Grays Harbor) won by fall over Joanna Mack (Bacone College) (Fall 1:23)
7th Place Match – Evonne Evien (Menlo) won by fall over Cynthia Perez (Bacone College) (Fall 1:18)

191 pounds
1st Place Match – Paige Baynes (Grays Harbor) won by tech fall over Leilani Camargo-Naone (Midland University) (TF 10-0)
3rd Place Match – Solove Naufahu (Menlo) won by tech fall over Sterling Magnuson (Warner Pacific) (TF 10-0)
5th Place Match – McKyla Kerr (Oklahoma City University) won by injury default over Welina Tong (Midland University) (Inj. 0:00)
7th Place Match – Jocelyn Ayala (Ottawa University) won by fall over Keya Gutierrez (Lindenwood University) (Fall 4:10)