Wrestling is back in full swing with great competition over the past week at the college and high school levels. The college women travelled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to compete in the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals Friday and Saturday. The high schoolers continued their weekly competition as they move closer to the state championships in February.

College Women:

There were four Iowa women wrestling this weekend at the NWCA Duals representing McKendree University (Lebanon, IL) and Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO). Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) also competed in the duals but Iowan, Justice Losee of St. Ansgar did not wrestle.

McKendree University, currently ranked #8 in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA)/Intermat rankings (January 4) went 4-1 in duals competition over the two-day tournament to finish 5th overall. On Friday, the McKendree women recorded victories over #20-ranked Waldorf College (39-1) and #10 Life University (32-17). Saturday began with a victory over #15 Missouri Valley College (29-18) followed by their sole loss of the weekend to #5 Campbellsville University (16-29). The highlight of the weekend was an upset victory over #6 Lindenwood University (24-21).

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McKendree University’s Iowa women wrestlers with Coach Sam Schmitz

From left to right: Megan Black, Cassy Herkelman, Sam Schmitz, Jasmine Bailey

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Bailey

Megan Black of Batavia, ranked #6 at 123 pounds in the WCWA/Intermat rankings (January 4th), went 2-1 for the weekend pinning Jennifer Juarez of Life University and earning a technical fall over Savanna Nobile of Lindenwood. Black’s loss came as a fall to #1-ranked, 130-pounder Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville University who cut to 123 pounds.

Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls, ranked #9 at 136 pounds in the WCWA/Intermat rankings (January 4th), went 3-1 for the weekend picking up two, 10-0 technical falls over Bailey McLaughlin of Waldorf and Zoe Wight of Life University, followed by a first-period pin over Bethany Davis of Missouri Valley. Herkelman’s loss came as a fall in the final seconds of the match against #2-ranked Monica Ramirez of Lindenwood.

Jasmine Bailey of Iowa City, ranked #8 at 136 pounds in the WCWA/Intermat rankings (January 4th), went 2-1 for the weekend picking up a 12-2 technical fall at 143 pounds over Destiny Robinson-Crawl of Life University and a forfeit at 143 against Missouri Valley. Bailey’s loss came as a fall against #5-ranked, 136 pounder, Rosemary Flores of Campbellsville.

Missouri Valley College, currently ranked #15 in the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA)/Intermat rankings (December 9th) went 1-3 in duals competition over the course of the tournament to finish 8th overall. On Friday, the Missouri Valley women lost to #7-ranked Wayland Baptist (17-30) and recorded a victory over #19 Ottawa University. Saturday began with an 18-29 loss to #8 McKendree University and finished with an 8-33 loss in a rematch with Wayland Baptist.

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Missouri Valley College women’s wrestling team: Anna Poyner, back row, 3rd from the right

Photo courtesy of Anna Poyner

Anna Poyner of New Hartford, went 3-1 for the weekend with three pins over Jathiya Isaac of Wayland Baptist, Sarah Rocker of Ottawa, and Rizpah Umi of Wayland Baptist. Poyner’s only loss of the duals was by pin against #5-ranked Hailee Lilly of McKendree.

Final results for the duals were:

1st Place – King University

2nd Place – Oklahoma City University

3rd Place – Campbellsville University

4th Place – University of the Cumberlands

5th Place – McKendree University

6th Place – Lindenwood University

7th Place – Wayland Baptist

8th Place – Missouri Valley College

High School Girls:

History was almost made this week when 138 pound OA-BCIG sophomore McKinna Faulkenberry wrestled fellow sophomore Brittany Shumate of Woodbine in what was believed to be the first-ever sanctioned varsity match between two female wrestlers in Iowa. It was widely reported as such, however it was later discovered that a 1993 match between Atina Bibbs of Davenport Central and Stacy Light of Lisbon is believed have been the first. Regardless, it is an exciting story and demonstrates the rapid growth of wrestling among Iowa’s females.

Highlights since our last update include the following varsity performances:


Felicity Taylor of South Winneshiek picked up 2 pins, a 7-6 decision and a forfeit to go 4-2 for the week and improve her varsity record to 13-9. Taylor’s JV record remains at 1-1.


Shelby Blake of Osage picked up 2 pins and a forfeit to go 3-2 for the week and improve her varsity record to 6-18.


Mckinna Faulkenberry of OA-BCIG picked up a pin to go 1-2 for the week bringing her varsity record to 9-11.


Rachel Watters of Ballard went 1-2 for the week picking up a 9-3 decision bringing her varsity record to 9-8 for the season.


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 1-1 JV win by 3-0 2-2 1-1
106 Chloe Krebsbach Fr Osage 2A 2-3 V wins by forfeit 2-4 1-12
106 Maiah Williams Fr Glenwood 2A 0-1 1-0 1-3
106 Mykenzi Brinkman Jr Westwood 1A 2-0 V wins by forfeit 11-0
106 Emily Reis Sr Regina 1A 0-4 3-6 1-2
106 Felicity Taylor So South Winneshiek 1A 4-2 V wins by Fall, F :26, 7-6 and forfeit 13-9 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 0-1 0-4
113 Shelby Blake Fr Osage 2A 3-2 V wins by F 1:13, F 1:39 and a forfeit 6-18
113 Emma Cornelison Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 0-2 2-4 0-2
113 Kendra Felder So Panorama 1A 0-3 3-10 0-3
113 Makayla Patterson Jr South Central Calhoun 1A 3-1
120 Grace Massier So Des Moines Roosevelt 3A 0-4 1-9 1-7
120 Alanah Vetterick So Norwalk 3A 2-1 JV wins by 7-0 and TF 4:25 5-2 2-1
120 Aubrey McIntryre Fr Glenwood 2A 0-2 0-1 0-5
120 Athena Moad Jr West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 2A 0-6 6-14 1-2
120 Dakota Selby Fr Albia 2A 0-6
120 Cheyenne Sedlacek Sr WACO 1A 0-3 0-3
126 Kaia Graham Fr Oskaloosa 3A 0-1 0-2 3-5 0-4
126 Anne Gadient So Cascade 2A 1-4 0-1
126 Soledad Castaneda Jr Riverside 1A 1-4 V win by forfeit 1-7
126 Keagan King Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 1-4 V win by forfeit 11-16
126 Kaitlynn Thoreson Fr Woodbine 1A 0-2 2-11
132 Jolynn Harris So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 0-1 0-5 0-6
132 Karleigh Shuff Sr Indianola 3A 0-5
132 Samantha Back Fr Lisbon 1A 0-3 0-1 0-9
132 McKinna Faulkenberry So OA-BCIG 1A 1-2 V win by F 2:57 9-11
132 Brittany Shumate So Woodbine 1A 0-1 3-12
138 Laura Arroyo-Ganona Fr Muscatine 3A 2-7
138 Alisha Smith So Pleasant Valley 3A 0-4 0-16
138 Dominique Mosier Fr Clear Creek-Amana 2A 0-2 1-3 1-6
138 Brooke Silence Sr Shenandoah 2A 0-4
138 Tammy Vaughn Sr Columbus Community 2A 1-1 V win by forfeit 1-3 0-1
138 Nicole Watters So Ballard 2A 0-3 2-9
145 Jesse Lorano So Denison-Schleswig 3A 0-1 0-3
145 Kyla Devilbliss Jr Perry 2A 0-3
145 Ariel Hellman Jr Sheldon/South O’Brien 2A 1-0 1-2 V win by forfeit, JV win by 16-12 1-0 2-4
145 Ciana Sonberg So Charles City 2A 3-0 JV wins by F 1:42, F 5:48 and F 3:55 1-8 8-3
145 Rachel Watters Sr Ballard 2A 1-2 V win by 9-3 9-8
145 Julia Eshelman Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-0
145 Alley Gray Fr Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1A 0-3 0-2 0-6
145 Larissa Moore Jr North Cedar 1A 1-0 V win by forfeit 1-10
152 Gabriela Castillo Jr Perry 2A 0-4
152 Tate Hughes Fr Clarinda 2A 1-8
182 Haley Snyder So Northeast Community 2A 0-6 0-6
182 Erica Halferty Jr Wayne 1A 0-2
195 Melinda Collins Jr Tipton 1A 1-0 1-0 V win by forfeit, JV win by F 1:48 3-0 1-11
220 Sadie Durnan Fr Oelwein 2A 0-3
220 Kali Zufall Jr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 0-3 0-10

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