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FLASH: No. 1 King leads No. 2 McKendree by one point after quarterfinals at NCWWC Nationals for NCAA women

by Gabrielle Lord Klein, Special to

Two-time NCWWC champion Sydney Kimber (McKendree) works an arm bar turn. Photo courtesy of AJ Grieves, MatFocus

ADRIAN, Michigan – Competition is well underway on the first day of the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships, the NCWWCs, in Adrian, Michigan. This is the annual national championships for NCAA varsity programs.

No. 1 King University (87.5) leads a tightly contested team race over the defending team champions from McKendree (86.5) by just a single point at the conclusion of the quarterfinals.

King University pushed eight wrestlers into the semifinals: Jaclyn McNichols (101), Samara Chavez (109), Sage Mortimer (116), Cheyenne Sisenstein (123), Melanie Mendoza (123). Ana Luciano (136), Ashlynn Ortega (143) and Cheyenne Bowman (170). Mendoza upended Colorado Mesa’s No. 2 seed and returning national finalist, Marissa Gallegos, in the 123-pound quarterfinal to make the matchup an all-King semifnal.

The two-time team champions from McKendree University has nine wrestlers in the semifinals: Natalie Reyna (109), Felicity Taylor (116), Cameron Guerin (130), Emily Patneaud (136), Alara Boyd (143), Kayla Marano (155), Joye Levendusky (170) Sydnee Kimber (191) and Jaycee Foeller (191). Taylor, Guerin, Boyd and Kimber are all returning NCWWC champions for the Bearcats.

North Central’s Niya Gaines upended No. 1 seed, Montana Delawder of King University, to earn a spot in the 130-pound semifinals. Teammates Sydney Petzinger (109), Amani Jones (123), Riley Ammold (143), Tiera Jimerson (155) and Yelena Makoyed all made their way to the semifinals. North Central is in third place with 72 team points.

Prior to the regional qualifiers two weekends ago, Simon Fraser has not seen most of these teams since the NCWWC tournament in 2020. Simon Fraser did not compete in 2021 due to the pandemic. Five of their wrestlers will compete in the championship semifinals: Maddie Mackenzie (101), Karla Godinez (116), Alex Hedrick (123), Alyvia Fiske (155) and Emily Cue (170). Godinez and Hedrick were champions in 2020.

The complete semifinal matchups are below.


At Adrian, Mich., March 4-5

Semifinals pairings (with seeds)

101 pounds

No. 1 Olivia Shore (Tiffin University) vs. No. 4 Maddie Mackenzie (Simon Fraser University)

No. 6 Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) vs. No. 2 Jaclyn McNichols (King University)

109 pounds

No. 1 Emily Shilson (Augsburg University) vs. No. 4 Natalie Reyna (McKendree University)

No. 6 Sydney Petzinger (North Central College) vs. No. 2 Samara Chavez (King University)

116 pounds

No. 1 Karla Godinez-Gonzalez (Simon Fraser University) vs. No. 4 Sage Mortimer (King University)

No. 3 Jaslynn Gallegos (Presbyterian College) vs. No. 2 Felicity Taylor (McKendree University)


No. 1 Alexandra Hedrick (Simon Fraser University) vs. No. 4 Amani Jones (North Central College)

No. 3 Cheyenne Sisenstein (King University) vs. No. 7 Melanie Mendoza (King University)


No. 8 Niya Teresita Gaines (North Central College) vs. No. 4 Claire DiCugno (Colorado Mesa University)

No. 6 Solana Mottola (Tiffin University) vs. No. 2 Cameron Guerin (McKendree University)


No. 1 Ana Luciano (King University) vs. No. 5 Blanche `Nina` Kemu Makem (Augsburg University)

No. 3 Emmily Patneaud (McKendree University) vs. No. 2 Zoe Nowicki (Adrian College)


No. 1 Alara Boyd (McKendree University) vs. No. 5 Riley Aamold (North Central College)

No. 6 Avia Bibeau (East Stroudsburg University) vs. No. 2 Ashlynn Ortega (King University)


No. 1 Kayla Marano (McKendree University) vs. No. 4 Tiera Jimerson (North Central College)

No. 3 Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) vs. No. 2 Alyvia Fiske (Simon Fraser University)


No. 1 Cheyenne Bowman (King University) vs. No. 4 Joye Levendusky (McKendree University)

No. 3 Emily Cue (Simon Fraser University) vs. No. 2 Yelena Makoyed (North Central College)


No. 1 Sydnee Kimber (McKendree University) vs. No. 4 Cristina Santoyo (Emmanuel College)

Unseeded Jayleen Sekona (Colorado Mesa University) vs. No. 2 Jaycee Foeller (McKendree University)

Top 15 team Standings after quarterfinals

1 King University 87.5

2 McKendree University 86.5

3 North Central College 72.0

4 Simon Fraser University 68.0

5 Tiffin University 51.0

6 Augsburg University 48.5

7 Colorado Mesa University 37.0

8 Emmanuel College 28.5

9 Lindenwood University 22.0

10 Adrian College 19.0

11 Limestone College 18.0

12 Gannon University 16.5

13 East Stroudsburg University 16.0

14 New Jersey City University 13.5

15 Sacred Heart University 10.0

15 University Of Wisconsin At Stevens Point 10.0

(of 32 teams)

Quarterfinal results


Olivia Shore (Tiffin University) 25-1 tech. fall Katerina Pendergrass (Gannon University), 3:53, 13-1

Maddie Mackenzie (Simon Fraser University) dec. Samantha Miller (Presbyterian College), 6-4

Angelina Gomez (Emmanuel College) dec. Lizette Rodriguez (McKendree University), 3-3

Jaclyn McNichols (King University) dec. Brooke Thurber (University Of Wisconsin At Stevens Point), 3-0


Emily Shilson (Augsburg University) tech. fall Danielle Garcia (King University), 2:30, 14-4

Natalie Reyna (McKendree University) dec. Angelina Graff (North Central College), 6-0

Sydney Petzinger (North Central College) tech. fall Alexia Seal (Simon Fraser University), 5:50, 12-1

Samara Chavez (King University) tech. fall Julianne Moccia (Gannon University), 3:17, 12-2


Karla Godinez-Gonzalez (Simon Fraser University) tech fall Ainslie Lane (Presbyterian College), 2:16, 10-0

Sage Mortimer (King University) pin Gabriela Ramos Diaz (Limestone College), 4:18

Jaslynn Gallegos (Presbyterian College) tech. fall Kendra Ryan (North Central College), 1:36, 10-0

Felicity Taylor (McKendree University) tech. fall Kasey Baynon (Emmanuel College), 1:42, 10-0


Alexandra Hedrick (Simon Fraser University) tech. fall Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) 5:34, 13-3

Amani Jones (North Central College) pin Cayden Condit (Lindenwood University), 5:10

Cheyenne Sisenstein (King University) dec. Asia Nguyen-Smith (North Central College), 7-6

Melanie Mendoza (King University) dec. Marissa Gallegos (Colorado Mesa University), 3-1


Niya Teresita Gaines (North Central College) dec. Montana Delawder (King University), 9-4

Claire DiCugno (Colorado Mesa University) tech. fall Mia Macaluso (East Stroudsburg University), 4:27, 13-2

Solana Mottola (Tiffin University) pin Lauren Mason (Simon Fraser University) 2:26

Cameron Guerin (McKendree University) tech. fall Anya Knappenberger (Gannon University) 2:22, 10-0


Ana Luciano (King University) pin Megan Struble (University Of Wisconsin At Stevens Point), 0:58

Blanche `Nina` Kemu Makem (Augsburg University) dec. Skye Realin (McKendree University), 12-6

Emmily Patneaud (McKendree University) dec. Sara Sulejmani (North Central College), 5-5

Zoe Nowicki (Adrian College) pin Holly Beaudoin (Colorado Mesa University), 2:17, 10-0


Alara Boyd (McKendree University) tech. fall Madison Sandquist (Sacred Heart University), 2:13, 10-0

Riley Aamold (North Central College) pin Stephanie Floor (Gannon University), 1:50

Avia Bibeau (East Stroudsburg University) pin Kaylee Lacy (Colorado Mesa University), 1:13

Ashlynn Ortega (King University) tech. fall Khadijah Sanusi (Sacred Heart University) 0:52, 10-0


Kayla Marano (McKendree University) tech. fall Taylor Hites (Tiffin University), 4:42, 10-0

Tiera Jimerson (North Central College) dec. Tiffani Baublitz (King University), 9-2

Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) pin Skylah Chakouian (Elmira College), 4:53

Alyvia Fiske (Simon Fraser University) tech. fall Nyla Burgess (Adrian College), 2:25, 10-0


Cheyenne Bowman (King University) pin Tatum Heikkila (Colorado Mesa University), 4:43

Joye Levendusky (McKendree University) dec. Jade Herzer (University Of Wisconsin At Stevens Point), 3-2

Emily Cue (Simon Fraser University) dec. Grace Kristoff (McKendree University), 7-2

Yelena Makoyed (North Central College) pin Tabitha Breitrick (University Of Wisconsin At Stevens Point), 1:15


Sydnee Kimber (McKendree University) tech. fall Sandra Guerrero (New Jersey City University) 2:29, 10-0

Cristina Santoyo (Emmanuel College) pin Katja Osteen (Simon Fraser University), 2:01

Jayleen Sekona (Colorado Mesa University) dec. Nia Crosdale (King University), 3-1

Jaycee Foeller (McKendree University) tech. fall Journey Land (Limestone College) 2:24, 12-1

Semifinalists by school

9 – McKendree

8 – King

6 – North Central

5 – Simon Fraser

3 – Augsburg

2 – Colorado Mesa, Emmanuel, Tiffin

1 – Presbyterian, East Stroudsburg, Adrian

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