Five OCU wrestlers earn WCWA All-America nods

OCU Sports
Rick Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five Oklahoma City University wrestlers collected all-American honors Friday in the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships at Abe Lemons Arena.

Daniela Flores, Yvonne Galindo, Leiana Nacapuy, Erin Redford and Rachel Watters from the Stars took all-American accolades. Placing matches will happen 10 a.m. followed by championship finals 5 p.m. Saturday.

Galindo and Watters became two-time WCWA all-Americans. Flores, Nacapuy and Redford earned their first all-American nods.

Galindo, a senior from El Paso, Texas, advanced in the consolation bracket with a 10-0 victory over Ophelia Lara from Emmanuel (Ga.). Galindo, third-ranked at 155 pounds, overwhelmed Jasmine Mendez of Jamestown (N.D.) 11-0 to start her day. Jessica Kee knocked her from the championship bracket 10-4. Morgan Becker of Campbellsville (Ky.) will be Galindo’s first opponent Saturday.

Watters, a sophomore from Ankeny, Iowa, fell 9-5 in the 170-pound championship semifinals to Campbellsville’s Mariah Harris, ranked fourth. Watters, the top-ranked 170-pounder, edged Kassidy Sigda from Providence (Mont.) 2-0 on the way through the bracket. Watters will wrestle in the consolation semifinals Saturday.

Flores, a junior from El Paso, Texas, won three elimination matches, including a 3-2 decision over Dionnica Tolliver of Menlo (Calif.) at 123 pounds. Flores takes on Kellyann Jimenez of Cumberlands (Ky.) next.

Nacapuy, a freshman from Las Vegas, prevailed three times in the consolation rounds. Nacapuy won 15-5 over Aleeah Gould of King (Tenn.) to make all-American. Emmanuel’s Cody Pfau, top-ranked at 109, put Nacapuy into the elimination bracket.

Redford, a freshman from White River, Wash., rolled to a pair of 12-0 wins over Kayla Weed of Brewton-Parker (Ga.) and Charline Hagemaster from Emmanuel. Redford, ranked seventh at 130 pounds, reached the all-American rounds with a 4-0 victory over Shelly Avelino of Menlo.