5 Hawkeyes Undefeated after Session I of Soldier Salute

CORALVILLE, Iowa — The 10 unattached University of Iowa women’s wrestlers competing at the inaugural Soldier Salute closed out the first session with a record of 12-3. Sterling Dias, Emile Gonzalez and Felicity Taylor advanced to the semifinals. Nanea Estrella and Reese Larramendy advanced to the quarterfinals. Kylie Welker and Bella Mir are undefeated in round robin style brackets.

The unattached Hawkeyes recorded three falls in the first session as Taylor pinned Leah Pekar of Life University in 1:01, Mir pinned Aspen Barber from Army WCAP in 2:26 and Brianna Gonzalez pinned teammate Ava Bayless in 2:51. They also tallied eight tech falls in 8:39 of wrestling.

Iowa will compete unattached in 2022-23. Iowa announced in September 2021 it would become the first Division I Power Five school to add women’s wrestling. The Hawkeyes begin competing in 2023-24.


Solider Salute Results

101 LBS

Sterling Dias

Sterling Dias (Unattached) tech. fall Anika Barker (William Penn), 10-0

Emilie Gonzalez

Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Mya Turnmire (Iowa Wesleyan), 12-0

109 LBS

Ava Bayless

Ava Bayless (Unattached) tech. fall Destiny Carranza (Iowa Wesleyan), 11-0

Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) pinned Ava Bayless (Unattached), 2:51

Brianna Gonzalez

Jenavi Alejandro (Tiffin University) tech. fall Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached), 10-0

Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) pinned Ava Bayless (Unattached), 2:51

116 LBS

 Felicity Taylor

Felicity Taylor (Unattached) pinned Leah Pekar (Tiffin University), 1:01

136 LBS

Nanea Estrella

Nanea Estrella (Unattached) tech. fall Glenda Veiga (Indiana Tech), 10-0

143 LBS

Reese Larramendy

Reese Larramendy (Unattached) tech. fall Michaela Blume (Iowa Wesleyan), 10-0

Ella Schmit

Maya Letona (Columbia) tech. fall Ella Schmit (Unattached), TF 11-1

Ella Schmit (Unattached) no contest Emerald Raya (William Penn), NC

155 LBS

Bella Mir

Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Aspen Barber (Army WCAP), 2:26

Bella Mir (Unattached) tech. fall Grace Doering (Indiana Tech), 10-0

170 LBS 

Kylie Welker

Kylie Welker (Unattached) tech. fall Catherine McNulty (Indiana Tech), 10-0

Kylie Welker (Unattached) tech. fall Tristan Kelly (Army WCAP), 10-0