Hawkeyes Put 4 Wrestlers in Soldier Salute Finals

CORALVILLE, Iowa – The unattached University of Iowa women’s wrestlers competing at the inaugural Soldier Salute compiled a 15-0 record in session III placing Sterling Dias, Emilie Gonzalez, Felicity Taylor and Reese Larramendy into this evening’s finals. Bella Mir and Kylie Welker remained undefeated in their respective round robin brackets.

Dias and Emilie Gonzalez will match up in the 101-pound final. Taylor will wrestle Aleeah Gould of the Army WCAP at 116 pounds, and Larramendy will wrestle Army WCAP’s Brenda Reyna at 143 pounds.

The unattached Hawkeyes tallied up nine technical falls, and four pins in the session. Ella Schmit used three pins to win the 143-pound consolation bracket.

The final session begins at 6 p.m. (CT) and it will be streamed live on B1G+

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.  


Sterling Dias – 101 LBS
Sterling Dias (Unattached) tech. fall Alaina Sunlin (Iowa Wesleyan), 10-0

Emilie Gonzalez – 101 LBS
Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Taylor Wilson (Indiana Tech), 10-0

Felicity Taylor – 116 LBS
Felicity Taylor (Unattached) tech. fall Emma Jones (Indiana Tech), 10-0

Reese Larramendy – 143 LBS
Reese Larramendy (Unattached) dec. Jamilah McBryde (Life University), 13-5

Round Robin Results

Brianna Gonzalez – 109 LBS
Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Tehani Soares (Indiana Tech), 10-0
Brianna Gonzalez (Unattached) tech. fall Destiny Carranza (Iowa Wesleyan), 10-0

Ava Bayless – 109 LBS
Ava Bayless (Unattached) tech. fall Kory Phillips (Life University), 10-0
Ava Bayless (Unattached) tech. fall Tehani Soares (Indiana Tech), 10-0

Bella Mir – 155 LBS
Bella Mir (Unattached) pinned Jessica Kemgne (Columbia), 0:31
Bella Mir (Unattached) tech. fall Sidney Ramos (Tiffin University), 10-0
Bella Mir (Unattached) dec. over Erin Martin (Tiffin University), 4-1

Kylie Welker – 170 LBS
Kylie Welker (Unattached) tech. fall Catherine McNulty (Indiana Tech), 10-0

Consolation Results 

Ella Schmit – 143 LBS
Ella Schmit (Unattached) pinned Paige Lenhardt (Tiffin University), 2:29
Ella Schmit (Unattached) pinned Isabelle Hawley (Iowa Wesleyan), 1:44
Ella Schmit (Unattached) pinned Trinity Coyne (Indiana Tech), 1:02