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Grays Har­bor Scores Late Wins To Earn Sec­ond Women’s NCWA Title

| Scott Farrell

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Grays Harbor College won its second NCWA Women’s National Championship here Saturday with six All-Americans that outpaced defending champion Ottawa Arizona, 158-148. The Chokers clinched the title in the finals sessions by winning national titles at 191 pounds behind Renaeh Ureste and at 235 with Jojera Dodge. GHCs previous title came in 2019.

The Chokers’ 158 total is the second-highest point total at an NCWA Women’s Championships (Schreiner, 170.5, 2020), and Ottawa Arizona’s 148 is third. GHC is now one of three women’s programs to win multiple NCWA Championships.

Ureste has been GHC’s leader all season. Her 33 wins this season rank second all-time and push her to the top of the NCWA women’s division record book with 58 career wins – she is 58-19 for a .753 win percentage that also ranks in the top 20 for career marks. Her 1:42 pin on Ottawa Arizona’s Deonne Topete set GHC up for the team title as it battled with OUAZ throughout. Ureste won all three of her matches by fall.

Dodge followed with a pin at 235 pounds, clinching GHC’s title in 2:07 over OUAZ’s Evelyn Coronado and completing an undefeated season at 7-0. The sophomore’s career record of 17-4 also lists among the top 20 career win percentages at .810.

Alexandria Kauffman-Temple took second at 123 and Courtney Jones was the runner-up at 143 to also pace GHC. Maysa Brown (130) and Marissa Riojas (136) each took third and Georgia Ustaszewski was fourth at 170 to round out the Chockers’ All-America count.

Ottawa Arizona topped all teams with its three national Champions and five total All-Americans. Olivia Atkins won the national title at 101 with a pin, a tech fall and a 14-5 major decision in the title match over Jasmine Cortez of Texas State. Lilianna Voakes coasted to the final of the 109 bracket, then topped Jillian Lackey of Allen University 7-0 for the title.

Anja Hansen won the 136 bracket, the tournament’s largest, with a 6-4 triumph over Paige Kalish of Central Florida. Topete and Coronado finished their seasons in the national finals matches to earn All-America status before falling to their GHC opponents. Angelica Walker (116) and Iyanla Thomas (143) took third in their classes.

MIT grabbed attention with two repeat All-Americans. The Engineers took seventh as a team as sisters Viveca Pannell (at 130) and Veloria Pannell (at 143) dominated their brackets. Together they give MIT a fourth and fifth national titles in program history with their repeat gold medals. They combined to win their matches with five pins, two technical falls and a major decision.

Washington State, which placed third with 82.5 points, earned an All-American for a third consecutive season when Genesis Vazquez won the 116 title. The Cougars had a program-best five All-Americans with a first-, second- and third-place finishers to go with two fourth-placers. Petra Bernsten became WSU’s second two-time All-American with a runner-up finish at 170, Taylor Thomas took third at 191, and Maryum Ajaz (116) and Marianna Mendoza-Jiminez (235) placed fourth to round out the medalists.

Utah Tech had its best season in program history with two national champions in Lauren Mills (123) and Tayleigh Robertson (170). Add in Carly Neville’s third-place finish at 101 and the Trailblazers more than doubled their previous all-time All-America count.

The 41-team field was the largest in NCWA Women’s Division history and its middleweight brackets at 136 through 155 pounds were the largest as well.

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