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
Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Kory Phillips (Life University), 10-0
Ava Bayless (Unattached) dec. Mia Palumbo (Iowa Wesleyan), 4-1
Emily Neumann (Iowa Wesleyan) inj. default Nanea Estrella (Unattached)
Michal Buska (Tiffin University) inj. def Nanea Estrella (Unattached), NC
Reese Larramendy (Unattached) pinned Elleni Johnson (Army WCAP), 1:50
Elleni Johnson (Army WCAP) pinned Ella Schmit (Unattached), 4:41
Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Emma Cole (Iowa Wesleyan), 5:17
Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Jessica Kemgne (Columbia), 0:31