In very few places across the country is wrestling more important and more a part of the popular culture than right here in Iowa. It is an exciting time of year with wrestling in full swing, but it is especially exciting to see the rapid growth among the ranks of our female athletes.

With the addition of two wrestlers to the rosters since our last update, Iowa is up to 91 girls wrestling on their High School teams with at least one more getting weight-certified this coming week. At 91 wrestlers, that is a 38% increase over last year’s record of 66 female participants!

We are looking forward to the day when IAwrestle can report that we have surpassed 100 wrestlers competing on high school teams, in the state of Iowa. Regardless of when that day comes, we will continue to bring you timely updates throughout the season.

College & Senior Women:

U.S. Senior Nationals, December 17 – 18, Las Vegas, NV

Three Iowa women competed December 17th & 18th at the U.S. Senior Nationals in Las Vegas with two seeking to qualify for the Senior World Team Trials to be held April 27th-29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

58 kg/128 pounds

Megan Black of Batavia is a Junior wrestling for McKendree University of Lebanon, IL. Black is a 2014 WCWA All-American and is ranked #2 at 123 pounds in the WCWA College Rankings (December 6). Black is also ranked #5 at 55 kg/121 pounds in the USA Wrestling Senior Women’s Freestyle Rankings (November 16).

Black, who was seeking to qualify for the Senior World Team Trials, opened the tournament with a 7-11 loss by decision to #4 ranked (USA Wrestling-60 kg/132 pounds) Areana Villaescusa of Army-WCAP. She followed that up with an 8-0 win over Charline Hagemaster of Emmanuel College/LWC. In her next match, Black faced fellow Iowan, #7 ranked (USA Wrestling-58 kg/128 pounds) Lauren Louive of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and gave up a 6-9 loss by decision. In her final match of the day, Black notched a 12-2 techfall win over #10 ranked (USA Wrestling-53 kg/116.5 pounds) Shelby Morrison of Oklahoma City University/Aries Wrestling Club. Black finished 7th for the tournament and earned a qualifying spot for the Senior World Team Trials!

Lauren Louive of Massilon, Ohio and currently residing in Iowa City, wrestled for University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY from 2008-2013. She is a 4-time WCWA All-American and current volunteer Assistant Wrestling Coach at Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA).  Louive was a 2012 Senior Pan American Silver Medalist at 67 kg and is currently ranked #7 (USA Wrestling-58 kg/128 pounds). Louive is training out of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa City.

Louive, who was also seeking to qualify for the Senior World Team Trials, began the day with a 0-10 techfall loss to #1 ranked (WCWA 136 pounds)/ #3 ranked (USA Wrestling-58 kg/128) Kayla Miracle of Campbellsville University/Sunkist Kids. Louive followed that up with a 9-6 win by decision over fellow Iowan #5 ranked (USA Wrestling-55 kg/121 pounds) Megan Black and a 0-11 techfall loss to #2 ranked (USA Wrestling-58 kg/128 pounds) Randi Beltz of Titan Mercury. Louive finished the day with a win by forfeit over Trinity Griffin of Sunkist Kids. Louive finished 5th for the tournament and also earned a qualifying spot for the Senior World Team Trials!

69 kg/152 Pounds

Rachel Watters of Ankeny is a freshman at Oklahoma City University and is the current UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion (Body Bar) and UWW Junior World Team member at 72 kg. Watters is ranked #5 at 155 pounds in the WCWA College Rankings (December 6). Watters is also ranked #6 at 69 kg/152 pounds in the USA Wrestling Senior Women’s Freestyle Rankings (November 16).

Watters began the tournament with a 7-3 win over #8 ranked (WCWA-155 pounds) Andrea Sennett of McKendree University. In her second match, Watters gave up a 0-11 techfall loss to #1 ranked (WCWA-155 pounds)/#1 ranked (USA Wrestling-69 kg/152 pounds) Tamyra Mensah of Wayland Baptist/Titan Mercury. Watters sustained an injury during the match and gave up injury forfeits for her remaining two matches taking 6th for the day. Watters qualified for the Senior World Team Trials at Body Bar (Junior World Team Trials) last May as well as the NYAC/Bill Farrell Memorial International Tournament (November 10)!

Be sure to root on Iowa’s collegiate women January 5-6 at the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi Divisional National Duals in Fort Wayne, IN.

High School Girls:

Highlights from our High School girls since our last update include a couple impressive 106 pound varsity wrestlers from Eastern Iowa:

Tateum Park, a freshman from Davenport North, went 1-1 in week #3 which included a nice second-period win by fall (2:50). In week #4, Park went 2-0 notching a first-period fall (1:50) and a forfeit. Park’s varsity record improved to 14-6 for the season and her JV record stands at 1-0.

Alaina Sunlan, a freshman from Monticello captured a first-period fall at 1:29 to go 1-1 in week #3 of competition. In week #4, Sunlan picked up two additional first-period falls (0:31, 1:24) to go 2-1 at varsity for the week. Sunlan’s varsity record improved to 6-6 for the season and her JV record sits at 2-3.


Alaina Sunlan of Monticello, 106 pounds. Photo by Casey Reyner.

Here are the complete results since the start of the season:


Wt First Last Gr School Class District Weekly Varsity Record Weekly JV Record Weekly Results Overall Varsity Record Overall JV Record Total Forfeits
106 Jade Bitting So Southeast Polk 3A 1
106 Tateum Park Fr Davenport North 3A 6 2-0 V wins by fall 1:50 & a forfeit 14-6 1-0 3
106 Chloe Clemons Fr Center Point-Urbana 2A 1 6-2 3-3 3
106 Elizabeth Amigon Jr Columbus Community 2A 2 1-0 0
106 Kenzie Shackelford Fr Clarinda 2A 3 1-3 JV win by fall in 5:49 1-4
106 Alaina Sunlin Fr Monticello 2A 6 2-1 V wins by fall in 0:31 & 1:24 6-6 2-3 1
106 Ali Gerbracht Fr AGWSR 1A 2 5-4 2-0 4
106 Katie Julius Jr St. Edmond 1A 2 1-3 V win by forfeit 1-3 1
106 Kaitlyn Guy Fr Woodbine 1A 3 0-5
106 Hannah Payne Fr South Central Calhoun 1A 3 3-12 3
106 Shae Muecke So Kingsley-Pierson 1A 4 6-3 0-3 6
106 Felicity Taylor Jr South Winneshiek 1A 6 10-3 6
106 Gracie Bluml Fr Riverside Oakland 1A 7
113 Hannah Perkins Fr Ankeny 3A 1
113 Autumn Sharp Fr Boone 3A 3 2-0 2
113 Myla Mayo Jr Sioux City East 3A 4 1-2 JV win by forfeit 1-2 1
113 Yan Chen Jr Iowa City, City High 3A 5 0-3 0-3
113 Morgan Lawson Jr Ottumwa 3A 5 0-2 0-4
113 Courtney Six So Fort Madison 3A 5 0-4
113 McKenzee Kempker Fr Burlington 3A 6 1-1 1
113 Britany Flockhart So Keokuk 2A 2
113 Chloe Krebsbach So Osage 2A 4 3-6
113 Corby Webb Jr Aplington-Parkersburg-GC 2A 4
113 Dakotah Selby So Albia 2A 5 5-0 V wins by forfeit 7-3 7
113 Kim Hendrian Jr Roland-Story 2A 8 2-4 4-4 2
113 Sam Brown Jr St. Edmond 1A 2 0-1 0-1
113 Mykenzi Brinkman Sr Westwood 1A 3
113 Emma Cochran So Moravia 1A 5 1-0 1
113 Nayely Martinez Fr Riverside Oakland 1A 7 3-0 3
120 Annatastacia Larpenter So Des Moines Lincoln 3A 1 0-4 0-6
120 Chloe Pearson Fr Des Moines Lincoln 3A 1 0-1 0-1 0-11
120 Chloey Santee So Cedar Rapids Jefferson 3A 2
120 Camrae Schakel Fr Nevada 3A 3 1-1
120 Amaya Graham So Oskaloosa 3A 5 3-3
120 Brittany Ferrell-Harris So Des Moines East 3A 7 1-0 V win by forfeit 1-0 3-3 1
120 Shelby Blake So Osage 2A 4 0-1 2-6 0-7 2
120 Mollie Greve So Colfax-Mingo 1A 5 4-5 4
120 Sarah Moorman Fr Wayne 1A 5 3-4 3
126 Alanah Vetterick Jr Norwalk 3A 1 4-7
126 Natasha Rojas Fr Muscatine 3A 6 0-1 0-6
126 Grace Massier Jr Des Moines Roosevelt 3A 7
126 Kennadi Colbert Fr Clear Lake 2A 8 1-0 JV win by fall in 3:09 2-5 1
126 Keona Ries Fr Algona 2A 8
126 Emily Thomason Fr Dike-New Hartford 1A 1 0-4
126 Grace Meier Jr Alta-Aurelia 1A 4 1-0 V win by forfeit 1-0 1
126 Kyla Lampman So Colfax-Mingo 1A 5 6-5 6
132 Eh Ku Ku Sr Des Moines Lincoln 3A 1 0-9
132 January Paw Sr Des Moines Lincoln 3A 1 0-1 1-8
132 Kaia Graham So Oskaloosa 3A 5
132 Alex Chapman Fr Pleasant Valley 3A 6 0-1 0-5
132 Shelby Lee So Pleasant Valley 3A 6
132 Alisha Smith Jr Pleasant Valley 3A 6
132 Aziza Bell So Des Moines East 3A 7
132 Katie Johnson Fr Waukee 3A 7 0-8
132 Matti Pladsen Jr Waukon 2A 1 2-1 V wins by forfeit 4-13 3
132 Kyla Devilbiss Sr Perry 2A 3 1-0 0-4 1
132 Cailee Henning Jr West Fork Sheffield 1A 2
132 Sheyenne Jochims Fr Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 1A 3 2-4 0-6 2
132 Madison Kafton So Westwood 1A 3
132 Keagan King So South Central Calhoun 1A 3 3-3 2
132 Brittany Shumate Jr Woodbine 1A 3 2-10 1
138 Jolynn Harris Jr Des Moines Lincoln 3A 1 0-1 0-1 3-0
138 Donny Bradburn So Dubuque Hempstead 3A 2 2-1
138 Alyssa Zinke Fr Clinton 3A 2 1-4
138 Allison Aguilar Fr Sioux City West 3A 4
138 Hope Johnson So Urbandale 3A 7
138 Dominique Mosier So Clear Creek-Amana 2A 2 2-6
138 Soledad Castaneda Sr Riverside Oakland 1A 7
145 Jocelyn Hernandez Sr LeMars 3A 3 1-4
145 Jesse Lo Jr Denison-Schleswig 3A 4
145 Sarah True Sr AHSTW 1A 7 0-2
152 Emma Cockerham Sr Ankeny 3A 1 0-1
152 Gabby Swarts So Des Moines North Hoover 3A 1
152 Eden Highland Fr Nevada 3A 3 0-4
152 Zowie Strough So Perry 2A 3
152 Ciana Sonberg Jr Charles City 2A 4 3-0
152 Nicole Watters Jr Ballard 2A 4
152 Leila Seaton So Roland-Story 2A 8 0-5
152 Teodora Leopold Jr Starmont 1A 6
160 Sabina Halleman Sr Tipton 1A 8
170 Ashley Blackwood Fr Davenport North 3A 6
170 Liliana Garcia Sr Davenport Central 3A 6
170 Shelby Wilke Jr Northeast Community 2A 6 1-0 0-2 1
170 Erica Halferty Sr Wayne 1A 5 1-0 0-4 1
182 Annette Casino So Northwood-Kensett 1A 2
195 Aliya Gurganus Fr Ames 3A 3 0-3
195 Kimberly Valdez Jr Perry 2A 3
195 Haley Snyder Jr Northeast Community 2A 6 0-1
220 Kali Zufall Sr Estherville Lincoln Central 2A 7 1-3
220 Rachel Dreeszen Sr Kingsley-Pierson 1A 4 0-2
220 Julia Smith Jr Griswold 1A 7 2-5 0-3 2

SDSU Bonofide Intensive Girl’s Camp w/Women’s National Team Coach, Terry Steiner

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the South Dakota State University Girls Intensive Wrestling Camp June 11-17 at SDSU in Brookings, SD. The camp will be run by USA Wrestling Women’s National Team Coach, Terry Steiner and SDSU Head Coach, Chris Bono. These coaches are highly respected leaders in the wrestling community who have stepped up to support the growth of wrestling and the growth of girls wrestling. They are creating opportunities for our wrestlers to receive solid coaching and see exponential growth in technique, mindset, and the fundamentals of wrestling.

Full details are available here. The camp brochure is available here.

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