Rocklin, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Wrestling had a strong showing at the Women's West Coast Tournament of Champions at the Hardwood Palace in Rocklin. The Oaks dominated the vast majority of the brackets with five individual first place finishers and 12 total wrestlers who placed in the top three of their respective weight classes. The tournament was the final competition in 2016 as the Oaks now gear up for the Menlo Tournament on January 6th in Atherton, Calif.
Hiba Salem started things off right, going a perfect 2-0 to claim top honors at 101 pounds. Salem began the day with a 12-2 tech fall win over Lisa Megargee of Eastern Oregon and won the weight class with a 13-4 decision victory over Brittnee Cook of Grays Harbor College. Autumn Pacheco had a strong showing at 109 pounds, finishing in second place after losing to teammate and eventual champion Brandy Ilac-Wong in the opening round. Ilac-Wong was a perfect 3-0 in the tournament with two wins via tech fall.
Bianca Arizpe was Menlo's next placer, finishing third at 123 pounds. Arizpe lost in the semifinal match to Lauren Mason of Simon Fraser but rallied back to win her next two matches by tech fall to finish third. At 130 pounds, Brittany Woods-Orison placed second by defeating Sara Angelo of Eastern Oregon in the third round. Melanie Cordero claimed top honors at 130 pounds going 2-0 with a pair of tech fall victories.
At 136 pounds Solin Piearcy claimed second place honors with a pair of tech fall wins in the quarter and semi-final rounds before losing to Simon Fraser's Francesca Giorgio in the finals. At 143 pounds, Marilyn Garcia placed second going 2-1 with her only loss coming to teammate Rachel Chinn in the third round. Chinn went on to finish first with a perfect 3-0 record, two of the wins coming against her teammates.
Iman Kazem was Menlo's final champion as she won the 155 pound bracket. Kazem received a first round bye then defeated Raquel Gray of Grays Harbor via tech fall and won it all over Olivia Pizano.
Menlo's next event will be the annual Menlo Open in Atherton on January 6.