It is an exciting time of year for wrestling in Iowa. Over the past week, there has been plenty of activity at the senior level as the USA women’s national wrestling team prepares for the Olympic Trials. At the college level, we have two separate tournaments to report on from Ottawa, Kansas and Lebanon, Illinois. At the high school level we have had multiple tournaments and duals as we approach conference, sectionals, districts and the state tournament.

Senior Women:

There have been countless reports throughout the week on the USA Wrestling Women’s Senior team coming to the University of Iowa to train in preparation for the Olympic Trials in April. To quote The Gary Abbott blog, “The entire Hawkeye team, from coaches to staff to athletes, are very welcoming and respectful of the women here. You can sense their commitment to the Olympic effort.” He went on to say, “When the Hawkeye men left the mats, the U.S. women’s team went out for a hard workout of their own. Instead of going back into his office or doing other things, Tom Brands stayed out on the mat, doing high-fives with the women as they jogged around the mats in their warmup and encouraging them individually.”

As Iowans and fans of women’s wrestling we should be proud of the support we continue to receive from the highest levels of the sport.

Participating in the weeklong camp was Lauren Louive currently of Iowa City. Louive is a 4-time WCWA All-American and volunteer Assistant Wrestling Coach at Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA). Lauren is ranked 8th at 63kg in the USA Wrestling Senior rankings (December 2nd) and is training out of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa City. Louive competed in an exhibition match at 58kg against Randi Beltz of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (formerly of Missouri Valley College). Beltz is ranked 8th at 58kg and won the match by 10-0 technical fall.

The next opportunity to see the senior athletes in action is the Dave Schultz Memorial International on January 30th in Colorado Springs. The highest U.S. medalist in each weight class will qualify for the April Olympic Trails in Iowa City.

College Women:

Ottawa University EZ-Flex Open, January 17th-Ottawa, KS

Competing at the EZ-Flex Open were Iowans Anna Poyner of Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO) and Justice Losee of Waldorf College (Forest City).

Anna Poyner of New Hartford at 123 pounds started with a first period pin over Marinna Vela of Waldorf, but lost by tech fall in the next round to #8 ranked Cassidy Jasperson of Oklahoma City University (OCU). Poyner then pinned Ashlyn Whity of OCU and won by tech fall over Sarah Rocker of Ottawa University. Poyner continued with a tech fall over Caitlyn Kaz of Jamestown University (Jamestown, ND) but lost 6-8 in the 3rd place round to Marizza Birrueta of OCU to finish 4th for the day.

Poyner will return with Missouri Valley College on January 27th for the Ottawa University duals.

Justice Losee of St. Ansgar at 143 pounds faced #10 ranked Marlie Gillis of Jamestown University (Jamestown, ND) in the opening round and lost by tech fall. Losee then received a bye followed by a 7-2 decision over fellow Waldorf wrestler, Cherydan James to place her in the 3rd place bout. Losee again faced Marlie Gillis and lost by 4-14 tech fall to finish 4th for the tournament.

Waldorf College, Iowa’s own women’s college wrestling program competed in the tournament and had two fourth place finishers in Justice Losee and Bailey McLaughlin. “I think the girls are seeing what positions they need to get to and are working to get to them,” Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. “We had a few flashes of the fight it’s going to take to come out on top in those situations. Putting that same fight together for a full six minutes is going to be key moving forward.”

McKendree University Bearcat Open, January 23rd-Lebanon, IL

Competing in the Bearcat Open were Megan Black (McKendree), Anna Poyner (Missouri Valley), Jasmine Bailey (McKendree), Cassy Herkelman (McKendree), and Justice Losee (Waldorf).

Megan Black of Batavia, ranked #6 at 123 pounds in the WCWA rankings (January 4th), went 3-2 for the weekend with a 13-2 tech fall over fellow Iowan Anna Poyner and a tech fall over #8 ranked Cassidy Jasperson of Oklahoma City University (OCU). Black then faced #3 ranked Montana Drum of Missouri Baptist (St. Louis, MO) where she lost a 2-4 decision. In the consolations, Black won by 16-6 tech fall over Erika Mihalca of Missouri Baptist before losing by fall to #1 ranked 116 pounder, Rachel Archer of OCU. Black finished the tournament in 4th place.

Anna Poyner of New Hartford, went 4-3 for the weekend at 123 pounds. Poyner started with a 10-0 tech fall over Justine Seeley of Adrian College (Adrian, MI) followed by a 2-13 tech fall loss to fellow Iowa, #6 ranked Megan Black of McKendree. Poyner continued in the consolations with a 17-7 tech fall over Tricia Martin of Jamestown University (Jamestown, ND), a 12-0 tech fall over Carli Lombardo of Waldorf, and a 10-0 tech fall over Brandi Elizalde of Southwestern Oregon Community College (Coos Bay, OR). In the next rounds, Poyner lost by 1-11 tech fall to #8 ranked Cassidy Jasperson of OCU followed by a 4-14 tech fall loss to Sadie Bailey of SW Oregon CC . Poyner finished 8th for the weekend.

Jasmine Bailey of Iowa City, ranked #8 at 136 pounds in the WCWA rankings (January 4th), went 4-0 for the weekend picking up 3 tech falls and a pin. Bailey started with a 10-0 technical fall over fellow Iowan Justice Losee of Waldorf followed by an 11-1 tech fall over Joy Muniz of Jamestown and a 10-0 tech fall over Mckendree teammate Shannon Henry. In the final round, Bailey pinned fellow Iowan and teammate, Cassy Herkelman to win the championship.

Jasmine Bailey

Jasmine Bailey of McKendree University took 1st place at 136 pounds at this weekend’s Bearcat Open (Photo courtesy of Starlyn White)

Cassy Herkelman of Cedar Falls, ranked #9 at 136 pounds in the WCWA rankings (January 4th), went 3-1 for the weekend. Herkelman picked up a pin over Wyatt Saling of Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR), a 10-0 tech fall over Bethany Davis of Missouri Valley, and an injury default over #2 ranked Monica Ramirez of Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO), before losing by fall to teammate Jasmine Bailey in the finals. Herkelman took 2nd place for the weekend.

Justice Losee of St. Ansgar went 0-2 for the weekend with a 0-10 tech fall loss to fellow Iowan, Jasmine Bailey of McKendree and an 8-20 tech fall loss to Sarah Bollinger of Missouri Baptist.

Missouri Valley will face Ottawa University in a dual competition on January 27th. Once that is complete, there will be no additional competition until the WCWA College Nationals in Oklahoma City, February 12-13.


High School Girls:

The intensity is increasing and competition is high, but our wrestlers continue to step up, take on the challenge of the season, and make us proud to call Iowa our home. High school highlights since our last update include the following varsity performances:


Felicity Taylor of South Winneshiek picked up 2 pins and 3 forfeits to go 5-3 for the week and improve her varsity record to 23-17. Taylor’s JV record remains at 1-1.


Keagan King of South Central Calhoun went 2-3 for the week picking up a pin and a forfeit to bring her varsity record to 14-22 for the season. King’s JV record remains at 1-2.


McKinna Faulkenberry of OA-BCIG won with a 6-3 decision to go 1-2 for the week and an overall varsity record of 10-15.


Rachel Watters of Ballard picked up a pin and went 1-3 for the week bringing her record to 13-13 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 Myla Mayo So Sioux City East 3A 1-3 JV win by forfeit 2-2 2-4
106 Chloe Krebsbach Fr Osage 2A 1-1 V win by forfeit 6-10 1-12
106 Maiah Williams Fr Glenwood 2A 0-2 1-0 1-7
106 Mykenzi Brinkman Jr Westwood 1A 11-0
106 Emily Reis Sr Regina 1A 0-4 0-3 5-14 1-5
106 Felicity Taylor So South Winneshiek 1A 5-3 V wins by F 2:42, F 1:08 and 3 forfeits 23-17 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 0-2 2-0 3-6
113 Morgan Lawson So Ottumwa 3A 0-8
113 Courtney Six Fr Fort Madison 3A 1-0 JV win by 15-4 4-4
113 Shelby Blake Fr Osage 2A 1-1 V win by forfeit 7-27
113 Emma Cornelison Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 4-5 0-2
113 Kendra Felder So Panorama 1A 3-10 0-3
113 Makayla Patterson Jr South Central Calhoun 1A 3-1
120 Grace Massier So Des Moines Roosevelt 3A 1-10 1-7
120 Alanah Vetterick So Norwalk 3A 5-2 4-3
120 Aubrey McIntryre Fr Glenwood 2A 0-2 0-1 0-10
120 Athena Moad Jr West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 2A 0-4 6-18 1-2
120 Dakota Selby Fr Albia 2A 1-8
120 Cheyenne Sedlacek Sr WACO 1A 0-1 0-8
126 Kaia Graham Fr Oskaloosa 3A 2-1 V wins by forfeit 5-7 1-6
126 Anne Gadient So Cascade 2A 1-4 0-1
126 Soledad Castaneda Jr Riverside 1A 0-2 2-9 0-2
126 Keagan King Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 2-3 V win by F 1:07 and forfeit 14-22 1-2
126 Kaitlynn Thoreson Fr Woodbine 1A 1-1 3-12
132 Jolynn Harris So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 0-6 2-5
132 Karleigh Shuff Sr Indianola 3A 0-5
132 Samantha Back Fr Lisbon 1A 0-3 0-2 0-12
132 McKinna Faulkenberry So OA-BCIG 1A 1-2 V win by 6-3 10-15
132 Brittany Shumate So Woodbine 1A 2-4 V wins by forfeit 6-16 0-3
138 Laura Arroyo-Ganona Fr Muscatine 3A 2-7
138 Alisha Smith So Pleasant Valley 3A 0-2 2-16 2-4
138 Dominique Mosier Fr Clear Creek-Amana 2A 1-3 1-6
138 Brooke Silence Sr Shenandoah 2A 0-4
138 Tammy Vaughn Sr Columbus Community 2A 0-2 1-5 0-1
138 Nicole Watters So Ballard 2A 1-3 JV win by forfeit 4-12
145 Jesse Lorano So Denison-Schleswig 3A 0-3
145 Kyla Devilbliss Jr Perry 2A 0-3
145 Ariel Hellman Jr Sheldon/South O’Brien 2A 0-1 1-0 2-9
145 Ciana Sonberg So Charles City 2A 1-8 12-6
145 Rachel Watters Sr Ballard 2A 1-3 V win by F 2:57 13-13
145 Julia Eshelman Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-0
145 Alley Gray Fr Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1A 0-4 0-9
145 Larissa Moore Jr North Cedar 1A 0-2 1-16
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
182 Erica Halferty Jr Wayne 1A 0-2
195 Melinda Collins Jr Tipton 1A 0-3 3-0 1-15
220 Sadie Durnan Fr Oelwein 2A 0-3
220 Kali Zufall Jr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 0-1 0-1 0-16


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