William Penn Qualifies Five for Nationals

By Courtney Carl, Iowa Wesleyan Sports Information

Stevens Point, WI - February 21, 2021 - The Tiger Women's Wrestling team hit the road to Wisconsin today to compete in the NCWWC Northwest Regional Qualifier. This historical event marked the very first day of competition for Iowa Wesleyan Women's Wrestling. Five Tigers took to the mats. Five Tigers ended the day of competition as National Qualifiers.

109 pounds: Alaina Sunlin (FR/Monticello, IA) competed at 109 pounds today in four matches. In the quarterfinals, Sunlin received a bye. Sunlin was defeated by fall in the semifinals but received another bye consolation semifinals to move on to a match to determine 3rd and 4th place. Sunlin picked up her first collegiate win by fall and secured 3rd place for the day.

116 pounds: Ashden Welty (FR/Palmyra, MO) also received a bye in her first match of the day. In the semifinals, Welty was defeated by fall. After another bye, Welty moved on to try to secure a spot for 3rd place. Due to an injury suffered by the opponent, that came true for Welty. She was able to secure 3rd place and a spot at nationals.

136 pounds: Daisy Scholz (FR/Bennett, CO) got five collegiate matches under her belt today. Scholz dropped her first match by tech fall (8-0), received a bye in her second match, and moved on to the consolation semifinals. Scholz was defeated by a 9-2 decision. She did not allow this to break her concentration though, grabbing her first collegiate win in her next match with a tech fall (11-0) to put her in 4th place.

155 pounds: Clara Padua (FR)-Cruz was the next one up for the Tigers. She received a bye in her first match, the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Padua-Cruz was defeated via tech fall. She received one more bye before securing her first collegiate win, with a 4-2 decision, to end the day in 3rd place.

191 pounds: Kassandra Ayard (FR/Menifee, CA) began her day with a bye in the quarterfinals round. She dropped her next match via fall but received another bye in the consolation semifinals. Ayard was defeated by tech fall in her next match but was able to regroup and pick up her first collegiate win, by fall, to snag 4th place.

The Tiger Women's team secured 4th place overall with 65.5 points.

The Tiger Women's Wrestling team will compete in the Ruble Arena for the first time ever next Friday as they host Indian Hills Community College for a men's and women's dual. The women's matches will begin at 5:00 pm followed by the men's matches.