8 Hawkeyes Still Alive After Day One of Soldier Salute

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Eight of the 10 unattached University of Iowa women’s wrestlers competing at the inaugural Soldier Salute are going strong after finishing day one, leaving the team with a record of 16-4. Reese Larramendy advanced to the semifinals, but Nanea Estrella injury defaulted from the tournament. Bella Mir stayed undefeated in her round-robin bracket. 

Brianna Gonzalez closed the day with a tech fall against Kory Phillips from Life University, while Reese Larramendy and Bella Mir had a combined 3 pins. Ava Bayless also closed out with a decision over Mia Palumbo of Iowa Wesleyan, 4-1.  

Iowa is competing 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.  


Soldier Salute Results 

109 LBS 

Brianna Gonzalez 

Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Kory Phillips (Life University), 10-0 


Ava Bayless 

Ava Bayless (Unattached) dec. Mia Palumbo (Iowa Wesleyan), 4-1 


136 LBS 

Nanea Estrella 

Emily Neumann (Iowa Wesleyan) inj. default Nanea Estrella (Unattached) 

Michal Buska (Tiffin University) inj. def Nanea Estrella (Unattached), NC 


143 LBS 

Reese Larramendy 

Reese Larramendy (Unattached) pinned Elleni Johnson (Army WCAP), 1:50 


Ella Schmit 

Elleni Johnson (Army WCAP) pinned Ella Schmit (Unattached), 4:41 


155 LBS 

Bella Mir 

Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Emma Cole (Iowa Wesleyan), 5:17 

Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Jessica Kemgne (Columbia), 0:31