ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Wrestling hosted its first and only dual of the 2016-17 season on Wednesday evening inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion and picked up a one-sided 31-16 victory over the 11th-ranked Southern Oregon Raiders. Menlo used five wins via pin or tech fall to run the score in its favor in front of a rowdy crowd in Atherton. The win moves the Oaks to 5-1 in dual matches on the season as they prepare for one final tournament before Nationals which are set for Feb. 10 this year.
They began the night at 130 pounds and fifth-ranked Alejandra Rodriguez put the Raiders on top early with a pin of Menlo's Dionnica Tolliver in 1:58. #7 Solin Piearcy quickly got the Oaks trending in the right direction with a 14-2 tech fall win in the first round over Gladdys Palma of the Raiders to move the team score to 6-4 in favor of SOU. The Raiders threw the counterpunch in the next match when #3 Desiree Zavala pinned Marilyn Garcia in 2:13 at 143 pounds to make it 11-4 for the Raiders.
From that point forward it was all Menlo as the Oaks ran off six-straight victories to thwart any hopes for the Raiders. Iman Kazem started things off with a pin of Jasmine Ivey in 2:03 at 155 pounds then Precious Bell earned a 10-0 tech fall at 170 pounds and Menlo had its first lead of the evening, 13-11. Celycia Sandoval then added another pin at 191 pounds, this time in just 1:23 and it was 18-11 in favor of the Oaks. Hiba Salem picked up a forfeit victory at 101 pounds then Autumn Pacheco earned a hard fought 6-4 decision over Jade martin to make it 26-12. #3 Cady Chessin as up next and she wowed the crowd with an impressive pin over Annastassia Ramirez in 2:23. The last match of the evening went to Kaylin Schwartz of SOU and the final score was 31-16 in favor of the Oaks.
Menlo will compete in the Bearcat Open in Lebanan, Ill. on Jan. 28 then the WCWA Nationals will take place on Feb. 10 and 11th.
MENLO 31 , SOU 16
130 – #5 Alejandra Rodriguez (SOU) p. Dionnica Tolliver (MC) 1:58 5/0
136 – #7 Solin Piearcy (MC) tech fall Gladdys Palma (SOU) 14-2 6/4
143 - #3 Desiree Zavala (SOU) p. Marilyn Garcia (MC) 2:13 11/4
155 – Iman Kazem (MC)p. Jasmine Ivey (SOU) 2:03 11/9
170- Precious Bell (MC) tech fall Nicole Diaz (SOU) 10-0 11/13
191 – Celycia Sandoval (MC) p. Tristyn Borden 1:23 11/18
101 – Hiba Salem (MC) wins via forfeit 11/23
109 – Autumn Pacheco (MC) dec. Jade Martin (SOU)6-4 12/26
116 - #3 Cady Chessin (MC) p. Annastassia Ramirez (SOU) 2:23 12/31
123 – Kaylin Schwartz (SOU) tech fall #8 Bianca Arizpe (MC)11-0 31/16