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Gallegos (Colorado Mesa), Makoyed (North Central) named co-winners of NCAA National Women's Wrestler of the Month in February


MANHEIM, Pa. – The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced their third National Women’s Wrestler of the Month, and in February there are co-wrestlers of the month. Yelena Makoyed of North Central College and Marissa Gallegos of Colorado Mesa University both had great months, earning honors.

Gallegos was selected regional and national wrestler of the month for the first time in February. She won the 123-pound title at the Grand View Open by going 6-0. She defeated Alisha Howk 6-2 in the championship bout and No. 6 Asia Nguyen-Smith of North Central 10-0 in the semifinals. Gallegos is 17-1 this season and 58-7 in her collegiate career.

Makoyed was selected regional wrestler of the month honor for the second time as she was recognized in November as well but earns national honors for the first time. During the month of February, Makoyed again went undefeated, posting five wins, including four pins. At the Grand View Open, Makoyed finished first at 170 pounds, winning all five matches. She earned a 10-0 technical fall over Gannon’s Annabelle Helm before pinning fifth-ranked Jade Herzer of UW-Stevens Point in 1:30 in the championship bout. Makoyed is currently 20-1 going into this weekend’s regional championships.

Previous National Wrestlers of the Month

• January – Zoe Nowicki (Adrian)

• December – Ana Luciano (King)

• November – Sage Mortimer (King)