Hawkeyes Dominate in Home Debut

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The eighth-ranked University of Iowa women’s wrestling team put on a show in its Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut against No. 13 Presbyterian, No. 11 Lindenwood and No. 5 Sacred Heart.

Iowa opened the duals against 13th-ranked Presbyterian, winning 44-1, courtesy of two pins and six technical falls. Emilie Gonzalez started the competition at 101 with a pin in 1:36 over Chiara Barbieri. Ava Bayless followed at 109, making quick work with her 10-0 technical fall over Grace York. At 116, Brianna Gonzalez kept the action going securing her technical fall against Charlize Shuler, 10-0. Felicity Taylor followed suit, notching another 10-0 technical fall at 123 against Alyssa Mahan.

Freshman Emily Frost came in at 130, earning the second pin of the night in 4:53 over Olivia Waller. At 136, Nanea Estrella pushed 12 points in a 12-2 tech. fall over Paige Wehrmeister. Reese Larramendy notched the fifth technical fall of the dual over Madeline Kubicki at 143, 11-0. Marlynne Deede earned an extra five team points, accepting the forfeit at 155. Kylie Welker made quick work of her 10-0 technical fall against Henlee Haynes at 170, needing only 34 seconds. Freshman Alivia White capped off the dual at 191, securing a pin in 3:24 over Ella Beam.

The Hawkeyes continued the action against 11th-ranked Lindenwood, allowing zero points to be scored against them and won in commanding fashion, 43-0. In the first three matches, Bayless and the Gonzalez twins each recorded 10-0 tech. falls. Taylor and Frost followed with quick pins — Taylor stuck Amanda McAleavey in 1:44 and Frost against Cayden Condit in 41 seconds. Estrella had a tech fall over Marissa Sanabria, 10-0, and Ella Schmit fought the entire six minutes and came out on top against Alana Duggan, securing an 8-0 decision. Deede notched her first win of the afternoon with a quick pin over Rebecca Strong in 1:16 in her Hawkeye debut. Freshman Haley Ward secured the final tech. fall of the dual against Emma Thomas, 10-0. Welker wasted no time in the last match, pinning Kennedy Eggering in 28 seconds.

To end the day, Iowa downed fifth-ranked Sacred Heart, 40-4. Sterling Dias made quick work of her first match of the day, pinning Aaliyah Payne-Parris in 22 seconds. Bayless came in with another 10-0 tech. fall over Ahsia Torres. Brianna Gonzalez pinned Nohea Moniz in 1:52 and Taylor received a forfeit, giving Iowa five team points. Freshman Lilly Luft made her home debut with a tech. fall over Bayley Trang, 10-0. Estrella and Larramendy kept the tech. falls coming, with Estrella defeating Aliza Leander, 10-0, and Larramendy downing Khaijah Sanusi, 11-0. Deede secured her second pin of the day over Madison Sandquist in 1:32. Welker followed with a tech. fall, 12-1, over Love Daley. With Iowa leading 40-1, White fought, but she fell to Madeline Hodges via a 7-0 decision.

• The Hawkeyes earned a total of 127 team points, leading all four teams (Presbyterian had the second most with 43 points), allowing only five team points scored against them.
• Iowa posted a 32-1 record on the day.
• Iowa led in most pins and technical falls in the least amount of time, totaling 26 falls.
• Sophomore Ava Bayless recorded the fastest technical fall of the day in 34 seconds.
• A total of 8,207 fans were in attendance at the historic dual, breaking the record for attendance at a college women’s wrestling event.

“Our women know how to bring a lot of energy. They know how to have fun, keep it light, but they also know how to flip that switch and get to business. That’s what is so special about our team, how they have found a way to do that, because it allows them to just be them. They focus on what is in front of them, and try not to worry too much about what the outcome is. Because at the end of the day, we’re just here to enjoy the moment and the process along the way, and just soak it all in.”

The Hawkeyes will travel to Marshall, Missouri, next weekend to compete at the Missouri Valley Open on Friday and Saturday. The tournament will be live on FloWrestling.


#8 Iowa 44, #13 Presbyterian 1

101 — Emilie Gonzalez (I) pinned Chiara Barbieri (P), 1:36
109 — Ava Bayless (I) tech. fall Grace York (P), 10-0
116 — Brianna Gonzalez (I) tech. fall Charlize Shuler (P), 10-0
123 — Felicity Taylor (I) tech. fall Alyssa Mahan (P), 10-0
130 — Emily Frost (I) pinned Olivia Waller (P), 4:53
136 — Nanea Estrella (I) tech. fall Paige Wehrmeister (P), 12-2
143 — Reese Larramendy (I) tech. fall Madeline Kubicki (P), 11-0
155 — Marlynne Deede (I) forfeit over Unknown (P)
170 — Kylie Welker (I) tech. fall Henlee Haynes (P), 10-0
191 — Alivia White (I) pinned Ella Beam, 3:24

#8 Iowa 43, #11 Lindenwood 0

101 — Emilie Gonzalez (I) tech. fall Megan Valdez (L), 10-0
109 — Ava Bayless (I) tech. fall Kate Cooper (L), 10-0
116 — Brianna Gonzalez (I) tech. fall Sienna Caruso (L), 10-0
123 — Felicity Taylor (I) pinned Amanda McAleavey (L), 1:44
130 — Emily Frost (I) pinned Cayden Condit (L), 0:41
136 — Nanea Estrella (I) tech. fall Marissa Sanabria (L), 10-0
143 — Ella Schmit (I) dec. Alana Duggan (L), 8-0
155 — Marlynne Deede (I) pinned Rebecca Strong (L), 1:16
170 — Haley Ward (I) tech. fall Emma Thomas (L), 10-0
191 –Kylie Welker (I) pinned Kennedy Eggering (L), 0:28

#8 Iowa 40, #5 Sacred Heart 4

101 — Sterling Dias (I) pinned Aaliyah Payne-Parris (S), 0:22
109 — Ava Bayless (I) tech. fall Ahsia Torres (S), 10-0
116 — Brianna Gonzalez (I) pinned Nohea Moniz (S), 1:52
123 — Felicity Taylor (I) def. Unknown (forfeit)
130 — Lilly Luft (I) tech. fall Bayley Trang (S), 10-0
136 — Nanea Estrella (I) tech. fall Aliza Leander (S), 10-0
143 — Reese Larramendy (I) tech. fall Khaijah Sanusi (S), 11-0
155 — Marlynne Deede (I) pinned Madison Sandquist (S), 1:32
170 — Kylie Welker (I) tech. fall Love Daley (S), 12-1
191 — Madeline Hodges (S) dec. Alivia White (I), 7-0