Auggies win 3 titles, take 3rd at North Central Open

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Claiming three individual titlists and eight placewinners, the No. 5-ranked Augsburg University women’s wrestling team finished in third place at the competitive North Central University Open, held on Sunday.

Fourteen Auggies competed in the open tournament, with eight earning top-six individual finishes. The Auggies combined for a 44-22 match record on Sunday, with 16 pins and 10 technical falls.

The North Central tournament featured seven of the top 20 teams in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA national poll. Host North Central (Ill.), the No. 2-ranked NCAA squad, won the meet with 156.5 points, while top-ranked NCAA team King (Pa.) finished in second with 146.0 points. Augsburg, ranked No. 5, finished in third with 120.0 points, ahead of Indiana Tech (96.0), the No. 10-ranked NAIA squad, and NCAA-ranked squads McKendree (Ill., No. 3, 83.5), Lindenwood (Mo., No. 9, 73.0) and Wisconsin-Stevens Point (No. 19, 51.0). No. 15-ranked Northern Michigan finished in 10th place.

Top-ranked 155-pounder Marlynne Deede (SR, Springville, Utah/Springville HS) continued her unbeaten run this season with her third tournament title of the season, going 4-0 on Sunday. All four of her matches ended in the first period, with two 10-0 technical falls and two pins. She claimed a 2:14 pin of Auggie teammate Brooklyn Hays (FY, Lindon, Utah/Pleasant Grove HS) in the title match to improve to 15-0 on the season with three pins and 10 technical falls. Hays went 3-1 with a technical fall and a 4-2 win over No. 4-ranked Tiffani Baublitz of North Central in the semifinals, improving to 17-5 on the year.

Nina Makem (SO, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee HS), who moved into the No. 1 spot in the national rankings at 136 pounds in the most recent NWCA poll, went 4-0 with a pin and two technical falls to win her weight class. In the finals, she scored her second straight win over No. 2-ranked Yele Aycock of North Central, a 4-3 decision. Makem is now 14-2 on the year with three pins and nine technical falls, and is 2-1 against Aycock this season.

No. 3-ranked 170-pounder Ashley Lekas (SO, Plano, Texas/Plano West HS) claimed her third straight tournament victory with three first-period wins — a 56-second pin, 10-0 technical fall and 49-second pin of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Tabitha Breitrick in the finals. Lekas is now 15-2 on the season with four pins and eight technical falls.

No. 3-ranked 143-pounder Katie Lange (SO, Sherburn, Minn./Martin County West HS) earned runner-up honors on Sunday, going 3-1 with two technical falls and a 1:22 pin of No. 4-ranked Kendall Bostelman of North Central in the semifinals, her third win over Bostelman this season. She lost a 10-0 technical fall to top-ranked Ana Luciano of King (Pa.) in the finals. Lange is now 16-4 this season, with seven pins and eight technical falls.

Gabrielle Torgerson (SR, Spooner, Wis./Cumberland HS) finished in fifth place at 123 points, going 3-2 on the day with a pair of pins. Brinley Cowley (FY, Mendon, Utah/Mountain Crest HS) made her collegiate debut and finished in sixth place at 116 pounds, while Autumn Flanigan (JR, Troy, Mo./Troy Buchanan HS) finished sixth at 130 pounds.

UP NEXT: Augsburg will compete at the Northwestern (Ill.) Midlands Championships on Dec. 30-31 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Augsburg Individual Results
116 — Brinley Cowley 2-3, 6th place.
123 — Gabrielle Torgerson 3-2, 5th place; Tateum Park 2-2.
130 — Autumn Flanigan 3-3, 6th place; Ellisa Jimenez 2-2.
136 — Nina Makem 4-0, 1st place.
143 — Katie Lange 3-1, 2nd place; Kya Rybachek 2-2.
155 – Marlynne Deede 4-0, 1st place; Brooklyn Hays 3-1, 2nd place; Kahlea Jolly 0-2.
170 — Ashley Lekas 3-0, 1st place.
191 — Melissa Jacobs 2-2; Maia Foster 0-2.

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1 North Central (IL) NCC 156.5
2 King University KU 146.0
3 Augsburg University AUG 120.0
4 Indiana Tech IIT 96.0
5 McKendree University MCKU 83.5
6 Lindenwood University LUSC 73.0
7 Wisconsin-Stevens Point WISP 51.0
8 Aurora AUR 22.0
9 Quincy QU 20.5
10 Northern Michigan University NMU 20.0
11 Augustana (IL) AU 18.0
12 Carthage College CAR 13.5
13 Lakeland University LKU 9.0
15 Rochester ROCH 7.0
16 Eureka EC 3.5
17 Davenport University DU 0.0
18 Fontbonne University FONT 0.0
19 Hiram HI 0.0
20 Morton MCC 0.0

Brackets/Results on

College Women – 101
1st Place – Jessica Corredor of King University
2nd Place – Avery Kibelbek of King University
3rd Place – Madison Avila of North Central (IL)
4th Place – Makayla Young of Indiana Tech
5th Place – Angelina Graff of North Central (IL)
6th Place – Sydney Kutzke of Indiana Tech
1st Jessica Corredor (King University) decision over Avery Kibelbek (King University) (Dec 12-8)
3rd Madison Avila (North Central (IL)) fall over Makayla Young (Indiana Tech) (Fall 0:35)
5th Angelina Graff (North Central (IL)) decision over Sydney Kutzke (Indiana Tech) (Dec 2-2)

College Women – 109
1st Place – Sage Mortimer of King University
2nd Place – Sydney Petzinger of North Central (IL)
3rd Place – Dianna Holmes of King University
4th Place – Kendra Ryan of North Central (IL)
5th Place – Tehani Soares of Indiana Tech
6th Place – Pauline Granados of McKendree University
1st Sage Mortimer (King University) decision over Sydney Petzinger (North Central (IL)) (Dec 8-2)
3rd Dianna Holmes (King University) decision over Kendra Ryan (North Central (IL)) (Dec 9-6)
5th Tehani Soares (Indiana Tech) decision over Pauline Granados (McKendree University ) (Dec 4-3)

College Women – 116
1st Place – Samara Chavez of King University
2nd Place – Jaslynn Gallegos of North Central (IL)
3rd Place – Danielle Garcia of King University
4th Place – Amaya Yoshizumi of North Central (IL)
5th Place – Elvie Villa of McKendree University
6th Place – Brinley Cowley of Augsburg University
1st Samara Chavez (King University) fall over Jaslynn Gallegos (North Central (IL)) (Fall 2:26)
3rd Danielle Garcia (King University) fall over Amaya Yoshizumi (North Central (IL)) (Fall 3:16)
5th Elvie Villa (McKendree University ) fall over Brinley Cowley (Augsburg University) (Fall 0:27)

College Women – 123
1st Place – Amani Jones of North Central (IL)
2nd Place – Vayle-rae Baker of King University
3rd Place – Payton Stroud of McKendree University
4th Place – Melanie Mendoza of King University
5th Place – Gabby Skidmore of Augsburg University
6th Place – Amanda McAleavey of Lindenwood University
1st Amani Jones (North Central (IL)) decision over Vayle-rae Baker (King University) (Dec 10-3)
3rd Payton Stroud (McKendree University ) decision over Melanie Mendoza (King University) (Dec 3-2)
5th Gabby Skidmore (Augsburg University) fall over Amanda McAleavey (Lindenwood University) (Fall 0:49)

College Women – 130
1st Place – Alexis Janiak of Aurora
2nd Place – Jennifer Soto of McKendree University
3rd Place – Cameron Guerin of McKendree University
4th Place – Sara Sterner of North Central (IL)
5th Place – Montana Delawder of King University
6th Place – Autumn Flanigan of Augsburg University
1st Alexis Janiak (Aurora ) tech fall over Jennifer Soto (McKendree University ) (TF 11-0)
3rd Cameron Guerin (McKendree University ) decision over Sara Sterner (North Central (IL)) (Dec 6-0)
5th Montana Delawder (King University) tech fall over Autumn Flanigan (Augsburg University) (TF 10-0)

College Women – 136
1st Place – Blanche ‘Nina’ Kemu Makem of Augsburg University
2nd Place – Yele Aycock of North Central (IL)
3rd Place – Viktorya Torres of King University
4th Place – Glenda Veiga of Indiana Tech
5th Place – Trinity Coyne of Indiana Tech
6th Place – Abigail Varady of McKendree University
1st Blanche ‘Nina’ Kemu Makem (Augsburg University) decision over Yele Aycock (North Central (IL)) (Dec 4-3)
3rd Viktorya Torres (King University) decision over Glenda Veiga (Indiana Tech) (Dec 2-0)
5th Trinity Coyne (Indiana Tech) injury default over Abigail Varady (McKendree University ) (Inj. 0:00)

College Women – 143
1st Place – Ana Luciano of King University
2nd Place – Katie Lange of Augsburg University
3rd Place – Kendall Bostelman of North Central (IL)
4th Place – Kelly Escamilla of Lindenwood University
5th Place – Salome Walker of North Central (IL)
6th Place – Samantha Snow of Indiana Tech
1st Ana Luciano (King University) tech fall over Katie Lange (Augsburg University) (TF 10-0)
3rd Kendall Bostelman (North Central (IL)) fall over Kelly Escamilla (Lindenwood University) (Fall 3:54)
5th Salome Walker (North Central (IL)) injury default over Samantha Snow (Indiana Tech) (Inj. 0:00)

College Women – 155
1st Place – Marlynne Deede of Augsburg University
2nd Place – Brooklyn Hays of Augsburg University
3rd Place – Tiera Jimerson of North Central (IL)
4th Place – Tiffani Baublitz of King University
5th Place – Malea Palahniuk of North Central (IL)
6th Place – London Houston of North Central (IL)
1st Marlynne Deede (Augsburg University) fall over Brooklyn Hays (Augsburg University) (Fall 2:14)
3rd Tiera Jimerson (North Central (IL)) decision over Tiffani Baublitz (King University) (Dec 5-0)
5th Malea Palahniuk (North Central (IL)) injury default over London Houston (North Central (IL)) (Inj. 0:00)

College Women – 170
1st Place – Ashley Lekas of Augsburg University
2nd Place – Tabitha Breitrick of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
3rd Place – Sierra Hall of Lindenwood University
4th Place – Catherine McNulty of Indiana Tech
5th Place – Sawyer Graham of Augustana (IL)
6th Place – Khaila Hughes of Lindenwood University
1st Ashley Lekas (Augsburg University) fall over Tabitha Breitrick (Wisconsin-Stevens Point ) (Fall 0:49)
3rd Sierra Hall (Lindenwood University) fall over Catherine McNulty (Indiana Tech) (Fall 1:46)
5th Sawyer Graham (Augustana (IL)) injury default over Khaila Hughes (Lindenwood University) (Inj. 0:00)

College Women – 191
1st Place – Sydnee Kimber of McKendree University
2nd Place – Traeh Haynes of North Central (IL)
3rd Place – Brittyn Corbishley of North Central (IL)
4th Place – Sara Lake of Lindenwood University
5th Place – Riley Dempewolf of Indiana Tech
6th Place – Ivana Elliott of Quincy
1st Sydnee Kimber (McKendree University ) tech fall over Traeh Haynes (North Central (IL)) (TF 10-0)
3rd Brittyn Corbishley (North Central (IL)) fall over Sara Lake (Lindenwood University) (Fall 2:23)
5th Riley Dempewolf (Indiana Tech) tech fall over Ivana Elliott (Quincy) (TF 10-0)