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Waldorf’s Flores earns fourth in Lady Warrior Open

Waldorf Warriors LogoBy Waldorf Sports Information Director

FREMONT, Nebraska – Abigail Flores led the Waldorf University women’s wrestling team with a fourth-place finish at 155 pounds during Saturday’s Lady Warrior Open.

The Warriors received all-out efforts during the season-opening tournament.

“This weekend, everyone wrestled hard,” Waldorf assistant coach Jessica Fresh said. “We went out there and fought the entire time.”

Abigail Flores (3-2) opened the tournament strong as the sophomore from Frisco, Texas scored a 10-0 technical fall over Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Shannon White. She fell in a 9-1 decision to Midland University’s Erin Scheidt during the second round. Coming off a second-round consolation bye,Abigail Flores rebounded with a fall over Midland’s Michelle MacDavid in 4 minutes, 3 seconds. She claimed a 12-6 decision over Missouri Baptist University’s Berenice Blanco in a consolation semifinal match. Scheidt pinned Abigail Flores in the third-place bout in 1:26.

Junior Rose Heurtelou (109 pounds), sophomore Amanda Mercier (109), freshmen Dennielle Phillip(116), Jasmine Alexander (116), sophomore Victoria Lyons (136) and freshman Alethea Flores (155) each finished with 0-2 records for the Warriors.

Midland’s Nathalie Alvarez topped Heurtelou (0-2) in the opening round behind a 15-6 decision. Heurtelou ended the day in the first round of the consolation bracket, losing by fall to the University of Jamestown’s Elisabeth Galvez in 4:30.

Ottawa University’s Tabitha Sparks put together a 10-0 technical fall to defeat Mercier (0-2) in the first round. Lindenwood-Belleville’s Juliana Olivo, who’s ranked No. 4 in the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) preseason poll, pinned Mercier in 2:24.

Oklahoma City University’s Cassidy Jasperson, ranked No. 4 at 123, notched a 10-0 technical fall over Phillip (0-2). Phillip received a first-round consolation bye and lost by fall to Oklahoma City’s Daishea Jamie in 2:44.

Jamestown’s fifth-ranked Dajan Treder, competing for the Jimmies Wrestling Club, secured a 12-0 technical fall against Alexander (0-2) in the first round. Following a first-round consolation bye, Alexander saw her day come to a close as Jamestown’s Haley Hedgecock pinned down a victory in 1:40.

The Jimmie Wrestling Club’s Daisy Chavez brought down Lyons (0-2) in a 10-0 technical fall to open the tournament. Lyons was defeated by Ottawa’s Shanice Jackson following a 10-0 technical fall in a first-round consolation match.

Oklahoma City’s Rachel Watters came away with a 10-0 technical fall over Alethea Flores (0-2) in the first round. After a first-round consolation bye, MacDavid won a 7-1 decision over Alethea Flores.

Waldorf returns to action in next weekend’s Cliff Keen Duals at Oklahoma City, opening the two-day tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. With the first tournament of the season complete, the Warriors now know where they need to work moving forward.

“Although we didn’t have as many wins as we would’ve liked to have had, we learned the positions that we struggled in and can work on them in practice,” Fresh said. “The first meet of the season can be nerve-racking, especially with a young team, so I’m glad we got the first feel and know what to expect for next weekend.”