Women’s Wrestling | Fri, Jan. 4, 2019 at 8:15 PMR
ATHERTON, Calif. – Taking place immediately following the annual Menlo Duals, top-ranked Menlo College Women’s Wrestling hosted their annual Menlo Women’s Wrestling Open inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion. The tournament featured some of the top wrestlers from around the country, including the ever-dangerous Simon Fraser University. This proved to be no match for the Oaks, who backed up their #1 ranking in the NAIA and #2 ranking in the WCWA by winning the 2019 Menlo Open.
Team Score Report
It was a two-team race for the top spot in the Menlo Open, with Menlo College racking up 152 team points en route to the victory. They bested Simon Fraser University, who put up 131 points, in a battle that came down to the final few matches. Checking in third was Umpqua Community College, who brought a large amount of wrestlers, and they scored 42 points. Eastern Oregon registered the next best total among teams with 33.5.
Big Day for Martinez
Alleida Martinez won yet another tournament, taking care of business on her home mats by winning all four of her matches on the day. She seemed to get stronger as the Open went on, by pinning Esthele Trevino of Umpqua in just 37 seconds in the semifinal match, and winning via tech fall 12-1 over Ciara McRae.
It might be just the second best thing to happen for Martinez on the day, as it was released during the tournament that Martinez was named The Open Mat’s Women’s College Wrestler of the Month. The award is certainly a big deal to head coach Joey Bareng, who heard the news immediately following the conclusion of the Open. “That girl is amazing, and that’s it,” he stated moments after hearing the news. “I’m learning every day how good she is and how much better she is getting here at our program. That’s very exciting.”
Champions All Over the Place
Menlo had wrestlers in the championship matches in many brackets, and wound up with five champions on the night. Hiba Salem came out of the 101 pool as a champion after she won both of her matches via pinfall, including the second round match against Juliana Castro of Umpqua in just 25 seconds. Solin Piearcy was the other Oak to come out of pool play with a title, as she won a trio of matches via tech falls. Her biggest win was the third of the night, when she defeated Jenna Garcia of Simon Fraser by a big margin of 14-1.
Gracie Figueroa rolled her dominance over into 2019 by sweeping her day of matches, winning five overall with two of them via pins in less than a minute. She started her day by pinning LaNae Fay of Pacific in 30 seconds and won the 116 title by pinning Allie Mahoe of Schreiner University in just 43 seconds, while not allowing an opponent to score on her. Precious Bell represented the fifth and final champion for the Oaks, as she won four matches via tech falls, and only allowed a single point scored on her in the championship match against Rebekah Trudel of Simon Fraser. Five other Oaks finished in second place with three more earning third place finishes.
Your Thoughts, Please?
“To do it like that at home, it feels good,” coach Bareng mentioned after his team took first. “To show what we’ve been working on all year in front of family and friends, it’s an opportunity and it’s fun to be able to do that. We are certainly proud of our girls and the way they competed today. There’s a lot we still have to work on but we are satisfied and happy with the win and we want to keep getting better for the national tournament.”
The Oaks only have one more event in January before the WCWA Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. Menlo will head up to Redmond Oregon to take part in the Oregon Classic Women’s Collegiate Duals on Friday and Saturday, January 18-19.