The 16th ranked Emmanuel College Women's wrestling team begins the fight for National Championships and All-American honors today in Oklahoma City, Okla. The first round of the championships is slated to start at 10:00 a.m. CT. Twelve wrestlers will be battling through the double elimination bracket in hopes of finishing in the top eight of their respective weight class. Leading the Lions wrestlers are senior returning All-American #7 ranked Cindy Calixto wrestling at 116lbs, stand-out freshman #8 ranked Abby Nette competing at 136lbs and freshman Maria Vidales at 109lbs.
Eleven more freshmen join the championship field representing Emmanuel College:
Allouette Gonzales 101lbs
Iesha Washington 109lbs
Vitoria Gutierrez 116lbs
Charline Hagemaster 130lbs
Sadie Tackett 136lbs
Krista Martin 143lbs
Ophelia Lara 155lbs
Mia Leon 155lbs
Kayla Wade 170lbs
Cristal Reyes 123lbs
Jazlyn Jackson 130lbs
The young Emmanuel wrestlers began their journey toward the championship with competition in early October, competing all over the country. Countless hours of training, dieting, and focus have gone into their preparation for this weekend.
"Our girls are ready to go. They've been working hard all season for this tournament. We're ready to rock and roll", commented Link Davis.
The competition will continue over the weekend until the concluding with the championship finals at Saturday night.
Each mat every round will be scored live and can be followed on trackwrestling.com at:
Additional coverage and video can be found on flowrestling.org at: http://www.flowrestling.org/event/254444-2017-wcwa-wrestling-championships
Updates will also be provided in real time on the EC Women's Wrestling Facebook page at:@EClionwrestling
For more information on the Lions, please visit www.goeclions.com