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Southern Oregon with four finalists leads NAIA Women’s Nationals, with second-place Life with three finalists

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Peyton Prussin (Life) competing at 2023 NAIA Nationals.
Two-time NAIA champion Peyton Prussin (Life) has reached the NAIA finals again. Photo by Jim Thrall, Mat Focus.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Southern Oregon powered four wrestlers into the NAIA Women’s National finals, maintaining its lead over Life, which has three finalists, during the semifinals on Saturday morning.

Southern Oregon finalists are Carolina Moreno (123), Emily Se (143), Joye Levendusky (170) and Grace Kristoff (Southern Oregon).

Life’s three finalists are Peyton Prussin (109), Sarah Savidge (130) and Latifah McBryde (155).

Among the finalists are a pair of two-time NAIA champions, Peyton Prussin of Life (109) and Dymond Guilford of the Cumberlands (170).

Three other past NAIA champions are in the finals. This includes 2022 NAIA champions Carolina Moreno of Southern Oregon (123), Lexie Basham of Texas Wesleyan (130) and Aduago Nwachukwu of Iowa Wesleyan (136).

Two past NAIA champions were defeated in the semifinals. Life’s Savidge scored a technical fall over 2021 NAIA champion Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp of Providence at 130. Jaycee Foeller of Central Methodist defeated 2022 NAIA champion Kelani Corbett of Missouri Valley, 9-1.

Foeller, who is a transfer from NCAA McKendree, will face a former McKendree teammate in the finals. Southern Oregon’s Grace Kristoff, also a McKendree transfer, edged Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson of Menlo, 2-1 in the other 191-pound semifinal.

Basham and Guilford are members of the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team.

The rest of the consolation rounds are ongoing. The finals are set for 7 p.m. MT, live on FloWrestling.


At Jamestown, N.D., March 10, 2023

Finalist pairings

101 - Ira Navarro (University of Providence) vs. Erin Hikiji (University of Providence)

109 - Peyton Prussin (Life) vs. Mia Palumbo (Iowa Wesleyan)

116 - Camille Fournier (Texas Wesleyan) vs. Caitlyn Thorne (Central Methodist

123 - Carolina Moreno (Southern Oregon) vs. Alana Vivas (Menlo College)

130 - Lexie Basham (Texas Wesleyan) vs. Sarah Savidge (Life)

136 - Adaugo Nwachukwu (Iowa Wesleyan) vs. Mea Mohler (Texas Wesleyan)

143 - Alexis Gomez (Grand View) vs. Emily Se (Southern Oregon)

155 - Latifah Mcbryde (Life) vs. Kaylynn Albrecht (Baker)

170 - Dymond Guilford (Cumberlands) vs. Joye Levendusky (Southern Oregon)

191 - Jaycee Foeller (Central Methodist) vs. Grace Kristoff (Southern Oregon)

Team Standings immediately after the semifinals

1 Southern Oregon 138

2 Life 122.5

3 Grand View 108.5

4 Menlo College 104.5

5 Cumberlands 88

6 Iowa Wesleyan 87

7 University of Providence 82.5

8 Central Methodist 78

9 Texas Wesleyan 68.5

10 Campbellsville 52.5

Semifinal results


Ira Navarro (University of Providence) dec. Elizabeth Dosado (Cumberlands), 4-3

Erin Hikiji (University of Providence) pin Esthela Trevino (Southern Oregon), 5:51


Peyton Prussin (Life) dec. Jasmine Howard (Texas Wesleyan), 4-3

Mia Palumbo (Iowa Wesleyan) dec. Natalie Reyna-Rodriguez (Southern Oregon), 7-2


Camille Fournier (Texas Wesleyan) pin Ashley Gooman (University of Providence), 6:00

Caitlyn Thorne (Central Methodist) dec. Juliana Diaz (Missouri Baptist), 4-0


Carolina Moreno (Southern Oregon) tech fall Haley Narahara (Menlo College), 10-0, 3:50

Alana Vivas (Menlo College) pin Catharine Campbell (Grand View), 5:34


Lexie Basham (Texas Wesleyan) dec. Cristelle Rodriguez (Doane), 6-2

Sarah Savidge (Life) tech. fall Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp (University of Providence), 12-2 3:53


Adaugo Nwachukwu (Iowa Wesleyan) pin Leidaly Rivera (Brewton Parker), 12-4, 4:14

Mea Mohler (Texas Wesleyan) dec. Bella Amaro (Southern Oregon), 2-1


Alexis Gomez (Grand View) dec. Jamilah Mcbryde (Life), 8-1

Emily Se (Southern Oregon) pin Emma Walker (Campbellsville), 1:15


Latifah Mcbryde (Life) pin India Page (Brewton Parker), 2:20

Kaylynn Albrecht (Baker) tech fall Caitlyn Davis (Central Methodist), 11-0, 1:32


Dymond Guilford (Cumberlands) dec. Liliana Vergara (Campbellsville), 5-2

Joye Levendusky (Southern Oregon) dec. Abby Mcintyre (Grand View), 2-1


Jaycee Foeller (Central Methodist) dec. Kelani Corbett (Missouri Valley), 9-1

Grace Kristoff (Southern Oregon) dec. Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson (Menlo College), 2-1