During the Lady Oaks trip to US Open Nationals, their potential and more importantly what they need to work on was put on display, in one of the more difficult challenges of the year.
Only Menlo's Sherylyn Sabado picked up a win in the tournament as Menlo went head first into some of the better wrestlers in the country. "The girls wrested well. I think it was important for our women to see how close they are to the elite level," commented Menlo Head Coach Marcie Van Dusen on her team's showing. "Both Michelle [Jimenez] and Sherry now know they can compete here and have a great shot at a college national title."
In addition to Menlo's bid at success in the tournament, the program was made proud by alumnus Katherine Fulp-Allen. The 2010 graduate wrestled outstanding on her way to a 4th place finish. Fulp-Allen had eight tough matches to go through to place as high as she did and because of it, will be ranked third going into Olympic trials.
While a good portion of the team competed in the US Open Nationals, a number of Lady Oaks took part in dual play up in Oregon. Menlo struggled in a loss to SWOCC before bouncing back to take out Pacific. Freshmen Lauren Richardson and Chelsea Reynosa led the charge against Pacific with two impressive victories.
Fresh off a packed weekend of action, Menlo will return home for a dual against Oklahoma City University on the December 30th before the Menlo Open Tournament on the 31st.