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North Central places seven into the Midlands finals in women’s freestyle as four high school athletes make finals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

North Central athlete competing in the women's division at Midlands.
Action image by Sam Janicki.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. NCAA No. 2 North Central put the most athletes in the finals of the first Midlands Championships in women’s freestyle, taking a healthy lead over NCAA No. 5 Augsburg as the semifinals were completed.

North Central finalists include Madison Avila (101), Sydney Petzinger (109), Jaslynn Gallegos (116), Sara Sterner (130), Yele Aycock (136), Tiera Jimerson (155) and Traeh Haynes (191).

Augsburg put three into the finals, Gabby Skidmore (123), Nina Makem (136) and Marlynne Deede (155).

Four of the finalists are talented high school wrestlers. The 170-pound finalists are two athletes from Wyoming Seminary, Alex Alli and Stella Steigler. Also in the finals are Indiana high school star Rianne Murphy at 101 and Illinois high school star Carly Ceshker (123).

Six different college teams have finalists: North Central, Augsburg, McKendree, Lock Haven and Aurora from the NCAA, plus Grand View from the NAIA.


At Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Finals pairings

101 - Rianne Murphy (Unattached) vs. Madison Avila (North Central)

109 - Sydney Petzinger (North Central) vs. Kaelani Shufeldt (Lock Haven)

116 - Jaslynn Gallegos (North Central) va. Chloe Ayres (Unattached)

123 - Carly Ceshker (Unattached) vs. Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University)

130 - Alexis Janiak (Aurora) vs. Sara Sterner (North Central)

136 - Blanche `Nina` Kemu Makem (Augsburg University) vs. Yele Aycock (North Central)

143 - Alexis Gomez (Grand View) vs. Alara Boyd (McKendree University)

155 - Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) vs. Tiera Jimerson (North Central)

170 - Alex Alli (unattached) vs. Stella Steigler (unattached)

191 - Sydnee Kimber (McKendree University) vs. Traeh Haynes (North Central)

Finalists by team

North Central (7)– Avila (101), Petzinger (109), Gallegos (116), Sterner (130), Aycock (136), Jimerson (155), Haynes (191)

Unattached (5) – Murphy (101), Ayres (116), Ceshker (123), Alli (170), Steigler (170)

Augsburg (3)– Skidmore (123), Makem (136), Deede (155)

McKendree (2) – Boyd (143), Kimber (191)

Lock Haven (1)– Shufeldt (109)

Aurora (1)– Janiak (130)

Grand View (1) – Gomez (143)

Semifinal results


Rianne Murphy (Unattached) won by fall over Amber Turner (North Central) Fall 0:26

Madison Avila (North Central) won by decision over Samantha Miller (Presbyterian College) Dec 2-2


Sydney Petzinger (North Central) won by tech fall over Clare Booe (Wyoming Seminary) TF 13-2

Kaelani Shufeldt (Lock Haven) won by decision over Kendra Ryan (North Central) Dec 10-8


Jaslynn Gallegos (North Central) won by fall over Amaya Yoshizumi (North Central) Fall 0:41

Chloe Ayres (Unattached) won by decision over Ainslie Lane (Presbyterian College) Dec 6-0


Carly Ceshker (Unattached) won by decision over Amani Jones (North Central) Dec 7-6

Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) won by decision over Catherine Bertrand (Presbyterian College) Dec 8-0


Alexis Janiak (Aurora) won by tech fall over Autumn Flanigan (Augsburg University) TF 10-0

Sara Sterner (North Central) won by fall over Sierra Marie Miller (Presbyterian College) Fall 1:36


Blanche `Nina` Kemu Makem (Augsburg University) won by fall over Bethany Regione (Aurora) Fall 0:16

Yele Aycock (North Central) won by decision over Paige Wehrmeister (Presbyterian College) Dec 2-0


Alexis Gomez (Grand View) won by tech fall over Kendall Bostelman (North Central) TF 12-1

Alara Boyd (McKendree University) won by decision over Katie Lange (Augsburg University) Dec 2-1


Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) won by tech fall over Malea Palahniuk (North Central) TF 10-0

Tiera Jimerson (North Central) won by decision over London Houston (North Central) Dec 6-3


Sydnee Kimber (McKendree University) won by fall over Melissa Jacobs (Augsburg University) Fall 0:30

Traeh Haynes (North Central) won by tech fall over Maia Foster (Augsburg University) TF 10-0

Teams after morning session

1 North Central 86.5

2 Augsburg University 47.0

3 Presbyterian College 38.5

4 McKendree University 26.5

5 Aurora 14.5

6 Grand View 12.0

7 Lock Haven 12.0

8 Wyoming Seminary 6.0

Note: Unattached wrestlers have scored 33 points