ATLANTA — The Eastern Oregon University women’s wrestling team finished 11th at the WCWA National Championships Friday and Saturday in Atlanta. Three of the six competitors who made the trip left as all-Americans, led by a fourth-place finish from Jessica DeHart, who claimed her third all-American nod with the Mountaineers.
Fifth-place Erin Redford and seventh-place Dempsi Talkington also picked up top-eight finishes to earn all-American status.
DeHart won her first two matches by fall to reach the semifinals at 109 pounds, which included a pin of Allicia Mahoe of Schreiner to reach the semifinals. She lost a 13-0 technical fall in the semifinals to Campbellsville’s Mckayla Campbell before adding one more win by fall over Presbyterian’s Cassandra Lopez. She finished with a 15-10 loss to Tiffin’s Sugey Ceja.
Redford shook off a loss in her first match at 143 pounds to win four in a row. She had a close 2-0 loss to Gabrielle Garcia of Campbellsville, then had three straight wins by technical fall and a fourth win by fall when she pinned Campbellsville’s Mhina Oseitutu. After a 5-3 loss to Erica Sotelo of Life University, she ended with a win over Grace Miller for fifth. The final score of the match was 5-5, but Redford won on criteria for scoring the final point.
Talkington finished with a 4-2 record at 155. Like Redford, she dropped her first match, a loss by fall to Tiffin’s Taylor Hites, then took three matches in a row, two by fall and a 7-6 decision over Life’s Destinee Rivera. After a setback against Jamestown’s Myranda Velazquez by fall, Talkington ended with a 5-1 decision over Grays Harbor’s Emma Justo for seventh.
Macy Higa (123) won her first match by fall over Alexia Darst of Big Bend Community College, then dropped two in a row.
Cassidy Freeman (116) went 1-2 with a win by forfeit, and Krystal Fabricante (130) was 0-2.
As a team, EOU scored 50 points. Campbellsville won the WCWA title with 230 points.
EOU is back in action Feb. 29 for the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships in Ashland.