MVC Women Win Wednesday Evening Dual
MARSHALL, MO -- The No. 7 Missouri Valley College women's wrestling team came away with a 26-19 dual victory over No. 11 Missouri Baptist University on Wednesday night at the Burns Athletic Complex. This was the final home match of the 2012-2013 season for the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Vikings were able to jump out to an early five-point lead, thanks to an open spot for Missouri Baptist at 101 pounds. Missouri Baptist was able to tie the dual up at 5-5 thanks to a pin by Caitlyn Chase of Lady Viking Freshman Christina Bautista in the second period.
At 116 pounds MVC's Freshman Samantha Higa was able to defeat her opponent, and give MVC a 10-5 advantage. The next four wrestlers for Missouri Valley were competing in a different weight-class than normal, due to an injury on the team, but all four of wrestlers picked up at least one point, with three winning their respective matches.
At 123 pounds Junior Samantha Lovelace was able to earn a point, but Missouri Baptist picked up three points, cutting the MVC lead to 11-8.
At 130 pounds Sophomore Jacarra Winchester was wrestling two weight classes above normal, but still pulled out a victory after two periods, and helped to extend the MVC lead to 15-8. Junior Brittney Faust was also competing two weight classes above normal, and was also able to extend the MVC lead thanks to a 3-1 victory, giving MVC an 18-9 lead.
Junior Randi Beltz was also wrestling two weight classes above normal, but she was able to get a victory after just two periods, and gave MVC a 23-9 advantage.
The next two matches would go for Missouri Baptist as Lady Viking Freshman Brittany Rodriguez was defeated at 155 pounds and Junior Brittany Jones was defeated at 170 pounds, putting the score at 23-19 in favor of MVC with just one match remaining.
In the 191 pound weight class MVC's Senior Tamara Hartfield was able to score a 1-0 victory in the first period and a 2-0 victory in period two over her opponent, Julianna Tripplett, which gave the team victory to MVC.
The Lady Vikings now have over a month off, as they will not compete again until January 5 at the Waldorf Open in Forest City, Iowa.