Hawkeyes Go Undefeated in Inaugural Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The second-ranked University of Iowa Women’s Wrestling team defeated the Sioux Falls Cougars on Wednesday evening, 39-7, inside of the Stewart Center. The Hawkeyes finish their inaugural season undefeated in dual competition.

Emilie Gonzalez started the night off at 101 pounds with a quick technical fall over Ava McNeal, 10-0. After a forfeit at 109, Brianna Gonzalez defeated Paige Denke, 12-2, at 116. Cali Leng came in at 123 with another 10-0 tech. fall for the Hawkeyes over Reianna Ogden. At 130, Emily Frost recorded the first fall of the night in 1:31. Emmily Patneaud followed with another pin defeating McKenna Hendrickson in 1:23 at 136. Ella Schmit notched an 11-0 tech. fall downing Brinley Green at 143, and Bella Mir followed at 155 earning her seventh pin on the season over Aliyah Villarreal, 1:01. Kylie Welker took the forfeit at 170, and Alivia White finished strong with an 8-4 decision over Zoe Adams, sealing the Hawkeyes victory.

Iowa finished its inaugural season going 16-0 and outscored their opponents 593-108 in dual competition.

“It was amazing to feel the support from the Hawkeyes faithful. The gym was filled with over 500 people, and it felt like a lot of Iowa fans out there. It was so special to feel like we were in a home crowd. This was a great opportunity for some of our girls in the lineup to get some great matchups with Sioux Falls. I am really grateful for the Sioux Falls program for inviting us to dual here, because it is so important to grow this sport and have competitions in these different areas, especially places like South Dakota.”

The Hawkeyes will take the short trip to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the Grand View Open on Saturday. Competition will be all day and can be followed live on trackwrestling.com.


#2 Iowa 39, Sioux Falls 7

101 — Emilie Gonzalez (I) tech. fall over Ava McNeal (SF), 10-0
109 – Paw Hobza (SF) forfeit over Unknown (I)
116 — Brianna Gonzalez (I) tech. fall over Paige Denke (SF), 12-2
123 – Cali Leng (I) tech. fall over Reianna Ogden (SF), 10-0
130 — Emily Frost (I) fall over Teila Peters (SF), 1:31
136 – Emmily Patneaud (I) fall over McKenna Hendrickson (SF), 1:23
143 – Ella Schmit (I) tech. fall over Brinley Green (SF), 11-0
155 – Bella Mir (I) fall over Aliyah Villarreal (SF), 1:01
170 — Kylie Welker (I) forfeit over Unknown (SF)
191 — Alivia White (I) dec. over Zoe Adam (SF), 8-4