WINNIPEG, Canada – Competing on an international stage, four members of the Waldorf College women's wrestling team placed in Saturday's Wesmen Open.
Gabrielle Lord-Klein claimed runner-up honors at 59 kilograms for the Warriors. Sara Sanchez (59 kg) and Maciel Ramirez (48 kg) put together third-place performances while Ashlee Lentz (72 kg) earned sixth. There was new opposition for the four grapplers.
"We had some very exciting matches this weekend against a few fresh faces," Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said.
Lord-Klein, a senior from Stevens Point, Wis. and ranked No. 4 at 136 pounds in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA), opened the 59-kilogram bracket with a bye. She then pinned the University of Calgary's Erin Sellars in a semifinal match. Lord-Klein lost a 14-6 decision to Haley Heffel of the Bears Wrestling Club in the title bout.
Sanchez, a freshman from Washougal, Wash., began the tournament with a fall over the University of Jamestown's Marlie Gillis. After being pinned by Heffel, Sanchez bounced back by making short work of the Jimmies Wrestling Club's Carissa Chavez with a 50-second fall. Sanchez secured third place, pinning Gillis once again.
Ramirez started off with a fall over Calgary's Sigora Wolff. The freshman from Orlando, Fla. looked to continue strong in the second round, but lost a 10-0 technical fall to the University of Winnipeg's Kaitlin Kucharski. Ramirez was defeated by Jamestown's Rosie Guzman in a 10-0 technical fall during the third round.
Lentz was pinned by Winnipeg's Maura Martina, opening the tournament in a quarterfinal match. She received a consolation-round bye before losing by fall to the University of Alberta's Adrienne Iu in a consolation semifinal. Lentz, a senior from Kenosha, Wis., was pinned by Martina in the fifth-place bout.
Winnipeg scored 61 points to win the tournament team title, edging Alberta (58) by three points. The University of Saskatchewan (34) earned third, placing ahead of Calgary (32), Jamestown (32), Cattown Wrestling Club (15), Waldorf (11), Bears Wrestling Club (10), Jimmies Wrestling Club (9), Wesmen Wrestling Club (7), the University of Regina (4), Schewa Wrestling Club (1), Saskatoon Wrestling Club and the University of the Fraser Valley.
The Warriors, ranked No. 13 in the WCWA poll, compete in next Saturday's Missouri Valley Open at Marshall, Mo., starting at 9 a.m.