What better way to end the holidays than with some wrestling before the athletes head back to school? Over the past few weeks the senior level women headed to Las Vegas for the Olympic Trials Qualifier, we saw some great matches at the high school level, and over the past weekend there were solid finishes for two of Iowa’s collegiate level wrestlers who competed at the Waldorf College Open.

Senior Women:

There were six Iowa women who wrestled in the U.S. Senior Nationals/Trials Qualifier December 18th & 19th in Las Vegas: Julie Carpenter Johnsen, Lauren Louive, Jasmine Bailey, Megan Black, Cassy Herkelman and Rachel Watters.

 For more information on the results from Las Vegas check out the Day 1 and Day 2 updates.

While Rachel Watters is the first to qualify for the Olympic Trails to be held April 8th -10th in Iowa City, there will be several additional opportunities in the coming months for the Iowa women to secure their spot:

  • Dave Schultz International Open: January 2830 (highest placed USA athlete per weight category winning a medal who has yet to qualify)
  • WCWA College Nationals: February 12-13 (the top 3 USA athletes in each weight category)
  • University Nationals: March 25-26 (top 2 athletes in the Olympic weight categories)
  • Final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier: April 1-3 (top 2 place finishers will qualify and athletes who have already qualified will not be allowed to compete in this event)

For the complete U.S.A. Wrestling Athlete Selection Procedures visit: http://content.themat.com/forms/2016-critieria-WFS.pdf

College Women:

The Waldorf College Open took place January 2nd which included athletes from six college programs and featured two Iowa wrestlers.

Justice Losee of St. Ansgar, a junior at Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) picked up a fall and a 10-6 decision to go 2-1, placing 3rd at 143 pounds.

Anna Poyner of New Hartford, a sophomore at Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO) went 3-1, posting two technical falls and a decision to take 3rd place at 123 pounds.

Missouri Valley and Waldorf are both scheduled to compete January 8th-9th at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals. The McKendree University women (Lebanon, IL); which include Iowa wrestlers Jasmine Bailey (136), Megan Black (123), and Cassy Herkelman (136), will also be competing at the NWCA National Duals.

High School Girls:

Highlights since our last update include the following varsity performances:


Felicity Taylor of South Winneshiek picked up a 10-8 decision to go 1-1 and improve her overall varsity record to 9-7. Taylor’s JV record remains at 1-1.


Rachel Watters of Ballard dropped from 152 pounds to 145 pounds and picked up three decisions (5-2, 2-1, and 9-6) to go 3-2 for the week and improve her varsity record to 8-6.


Rachel Watters wrestling at the Waverly-Shell Rock New Year Brawl

Here are the complete results since our last update:

Wt First Last Gr School Class Weekly Varsity Record Weekly JV Record Weekly Results Overall Varsity Record Overall JV Record
106 Morgan Lawson So Ottumwa 3A 0-4
106 Myla Mayo So Sioux City East 3A 1-0 V win by forfeit 2-2
106 Alanah Vetterick So Norwalk 3A 5-2
106 Chloe Krebsbach Fr Osage 2A 0-1 0-1 1-12
106 Maiah Williams Fr Glenwood 2A 1-2 JV win by inj. forfeit 1-0 1-2
106 Mykenzi Brinkman Jr Westwood 1A 9-0
106 Emily Reis Sr Regina 1A 3-2 1-2
106 Felicity Taylor So South Winneshiek 1A 1-1 V win by 10-8 9-7 1-1
106 Corby Webb So Hudson 1A 3-3
106 Rylee Zobac Fr Starmont 1A 6-5 0-3
113 Britany Flockhart Fr Keokuk 3A 2-0 1-3
113 Courtney Six Fr Fort Madison 3A 0-3
113 Shelby Blake Fr Osage 2A 0-1 3-16
113 Emma Cornelison Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-2 0-2
113 Kendra Felder So Panorama 1A 3-10
113 Makayla Patterson Jr South Central Calhoun 1A 3-1
120 Grace Massier So Des Moines Roosevelt 3A 1-5 V win by forfeit 1-5 1-7
120 Aubrey McIntryre Fr Glenwood 2A 0-3 0-1 0-3
120 Athena Moad Jr West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 2A 3-2 V wins by forfeit 6-8 1-2
120 Dakota Selby Fr Albia 2A 0-6
126 Kaia Graham Fr Oskaloosa 3A 3-4 0-2
126 Anne Gadient So Cascade 2A 1-4 0-1
126 Soledad Castaneda Jr Riverside 1A 0-3
126 Keagan King Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 10-12
126 Kaitlynn Thoreson Fr Woodbine 1A 2-9
132 Jolynn Harris So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 0-5 0-5
132 Karleigh Shuff Sr Indianola 3A 0-5
132 Samantha Back Fr Lisbon 1A 0-1 0-1 0-6
132 McKinna Faulkenberry So OA-BCIG 1A 8-9
132 Brittany Shumate So Woodbine 1A 3-11
138 Laura Arroyo-Ganona Fr Muscatine 3A 2-7
138 Alisha Smith So Pleasant Valley 3A 0-1 0-12
138 Dominique Mosier Fr Clear Creek-Amana 2A 1-1 1-6
138 Brooke Silence Sr Shenandoah 2A 0-3 0-4
138 Tammy Vaughn Sr Columbus Community 2A 0-2 0-1
138 Nicole Watters So Ballard 2A 2-6
145 Jesse Lorano So Denison-Schleswig 3A 0-2
145 Kyla Devilbliss Jr Perry 2A 0-3
145 Ariel Hellman Jr Sheldon/South O’Brien 2A 1-2
145 Ciana Sonberg So Charles City 2A 2-0 JV wins by F :33 and 7-1 1-8 5-3
145 Rachel Watters Sr Ballard 2A 3-2 V wins by 5-2, 2-1 and 9-6 8-6
145 Julia Eshelman Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-0
145 Alley Gray Fr Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1A 0-2 0-3
145 Larissa Moore Jr North Cedar 1A 0-10
152 Gabriela Castillo Jr Perry 2A 0-4
152 Tate Hughes Fr Clarinda 2A 1-8
182 Erica Halferty Jr Wayne 1A 0-2
195 Melinda Collins Jr Tipton 1A 2-0 0-11
220 Sadie Durnan Fr Oelwein 2A 0-3
220 Kali Zufall Jr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 0-7

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