Observer staff

Macy Higa took fourth in her weight class and Cassidy Freeman was sixth as both earned all-American nods to lead the Eastern Oregon women’s wrestling team to 13th place in the first ever NAIA Women’s National Invitational Saturday in Jamestown, North Dakota.

The top seven finishers in each weight class garnered all-American honors in the event, according to the NAIA website.

Higa (123 pounds) rebounded from a first-round loss, a loss by fall to Oklahoma City’s Kailyn Ramos, to win four straight matches and get to the third-place match. The wins included a 12-0 technical fall over Lyon College’s Emma DeBrum, a win by fall over Midland’s Haley Schiermeyer, a 12-2 technical fall over Oklahoma City’s Daniela Flores and a pin of Ottawa’s Victoria Norris. Higa ended with a loss in the third-place match to Providence’s Dajan Treder by an 8-4 decision.

Freeman finished with a 2-3 record at 109. She opened with a win by fall over York’s Claire Payne, then lost to Oklahoma City’s Raven Guidry by technical fall, 14-4. Freeman reached the consolation semifinals after a win by fall over Diana Leyva of Waldorf before dropping two straight matches, an 11-0 technical fall to Tyesha Topps of Life University and a loss by fall to Brianna Ribucan-Leong of Lyon in the fifth-place match.

Amber Pair (116) was the only other Mountaineer with multiple wins in the tournament, going 2-2. She shook off a 10-0 technical fall loss to Jathiya Issac of Wayland Baptist to win two in a row, pinning Lyon’s Jasmine Hernandez and earning a 9-3 decision over Cumberlands’ Ashley Tobe, but was eliminated by Madison Angelito of Cumberlands by a 10-0 technical fall.

Renay Monohan went 1-2 at 155 for the Mountaineers. She opened with a 12-2 technical fall loss to Missouri Valley’s Shamera McTier, then pinned Chyna Rodriguez of Midland before being knocked out by a 10-0 technical fall loss to Life’s Destinee Rivera.

Lisa Megargee (101), Rosa Ramirez (123), Krystal Fabricante (130), Sara Angelo (143), Dempsi Talkington (155) and Madisen Bozovich (191) all went 0-2 for Eastern.

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