It is an exciting time of year for wrestling in Iowa and we are coming down to the final weeks of the college and high-school seasons. The college women are done with the regular season competition and are preparing for nationals. At the high school level, conference finals are complete and we look forward to districts, sectionals, and the state championships at Wells Fargo Arena.


College Women:

The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) is the national governing body for women’s wrestling at the college level and oversees the sport regardless of NCAA, NJCAA or NAIA division. The WCWA College Nationals will be held in Oklahoma City, February 12-13 and will determine the National Champions and All-Americans. The top 3 finishers in each weight class will also qualify for the Olympic Team Trials to be held April 8-10 in Iowa City.

Missouri Valley College vs. Ottawa University-Ottawa, KS

At the collegiate level, the only Iowan competing this week was Anna Poyner of New Hartford who wrestled at 130 pounds Wednesday night for Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO). Poyner pinned Marissol Arrendndo to help propel MoVal to a 31-16 dual victory over Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS). There will be no additional collegiate-level competition until the upcoming WCWA College Nationals.


High School Girls:

With the record-setting number of girls wrestling in Iowa we are starting to see some exciting firsts. This week we saw what is believed to be the first-ever varsity dual in Iowa that had two sisters wrestling two brothers. The dual took place at Ballard High School in Huxley and featured Nicole Watters, a 138 pound sophomore from Ballard wrestling Jaden Kampen, a junior from Humboldt. The next match included 145 pound senior, Rachel Watters taking on junior, Jaxen Kampen (Jaden and Jaxen are twin brothers). The Watters-Kampen rivalry ended with a Kampen victory by pin at 138 pounds and a Watters victory by decision at 145 pounds.

Later in the week another exciting first took place in the Upper Iowa Conference. Felicity Taylor a sophomore from South Winneshiek claimed 1st place at 106 pounds in the conference championship. Taylor’s victory marks the first-ever female wrestling champion in the Upper Iowa Conference.

Photo Courtesy of Christa Taylor

Felicity Taylor of South Winneshiek-Upper Iowa Conference, 106 Pound Champion (Photo Courtesy of Christa Taylor)


High school highlights since our last update include the following varsity performances:


Felicity Taylor, a sophomore from South Winneshiek picked up 2 pins, a 9-7 decision and a forfeit to go 4-0 for the week. This improved her overall varsity record to 27-17 and her JV record of 1-1 remained the same. Taylor placed first in the Upper Iowa Conference.


Shelby Blake, a freshman from Osage picked up 2 pins to go 2-2 for the week bringing her varsity record to 9-29 for the season.


Athena Moad, a junior from West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville is a newcomer to the featured varsity performances. Moad worked a first period pin to go 1-2 for the week bringing her varsity record to 7-20 while her JV record remained the same at 1-2.


Rachel Watters, a senior from Ballard picked up a pin, an 18-3 tech fall, a 4-2 OT decision, and her first forfeit of the season to go 4-3 for the week. This improved her varsity record this season to 17-16. Watters placed 5th in the Raccoon River Conference.

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 4-3 2-2 3-7
106 Chloe Krebsbach Fr Osage 2A 6-10 1-12
106 Maiah Williams Fr Glenwood 2A 1-0 1-7
106 Mykenzi Brinkman Jr Westwood 1A 11-0
106 Emily Reis Sr Regina 1A 1-4 V win by forfeit 6-18 1-5
106 Felicity Taylor So South Winneshiek 1A 4-0 V wins by F 1:11, F 3:32, 9-7 and forfeit 27-17 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 1-1 JV win by F 2:01 2-0 4-7
113 Morgan Lawson So Ottumwa 3A 0-10
113 Courtney Six Fr Fort Madison 3A 2-0 JV wins by F :14 and F 3:55 6-4
113 Shelby Blake Fr Osage 2A 2-2 V wins by F 2:55 and F 1:13 9-29
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 0-1 0-10
120 Athena Moad Jr West Burlington/Notre Dame/Danville 2A 1-2 V win by F 1:00 7-20 1-2
120 Dakota Selby Fr Albia 2A 0-2 1-10
120 Cheyenne Sedlacek Sr WACO 1A 0-3 0-11
126 Kaia Graham Fr Oskaloosa 3A 1-2 V win by forfeit 6-9 1-6
126 Anne Gadient So Cascade 2A 1-4 0-1
126 Soledad Castaneda Jr Riverside 1A 1-0 0-3 V win by forfeit 3-9 0-5
126 Keagan King Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 4-2 V wins by forfeit 18-24 1-2
126 Kaitlynn Thoreson Fr Woodbine 1A 3-12
132 Jolynn Harris So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 0-3 0-6 2-8
132 Karleigh Shuff Sr Indianola 3A 0-5
132 Samantha Back Fr Lisbon 1A 0-2 0-12
132 McKinna Faulkenberry So OA-BCIG 1A 10-15
132 Brittany Shumate So Woodbine 1A 0-3 6-19 0-3
138 Laura Arroyo-Ganona Fr Muscatine 3A 2-7
138 Alisha Smith So Pleasant Valley 3A 0-1 0-3 2-17 2-7
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 1-5 0-1
138 Nicole Watters So Ballard 2A 0-3 2-1 JV wins by 10-2 and 1-0 0-3 6-13
145 Jesse Lorano So Denison-Schleswig 3A 0-5
145 Kyla Devilbliss Jr Perry 2A 0-3
145 Ariel Hellman Jr Sheldon/South O’Brien 2A 1-0 2-9
145 Ciana Sonberg So Charles City 2A 1-8 12-6
145 Rachel Watters Sr Ballard 2A 4-3 V wins by F 1:49, TF 18-3, 4-2 OT and a forfeit 17-16
145 Julia Eshelman Fr Nodaway Valley 1A 2-0
145 Alley Gray Fr Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1A 0-3 0-4 0-12
145 Larissa Moore Jr North Cedar 1A 0-2 1-18
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 Melinda Collins Jr Tipton 1A 3-0 1-18
182 Erica Halferty Jr Wayne 1A 0-2
220 Sadie Durnan Fr Oelwein 2A 0-3
220 Kali Zufall Jr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 0-3 0-1 0-19


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