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Spectators got their money's worth Saturday morning as the Waldorf Warrior women's wrestling team opened their 2013-2014 campaign with a home dual against Midlands University.
Tyreece Gilder has been named the next head women's wrestling at Waldorf College. Gilder has been a member of the Warrior wrestling staff since August 2012, where he began as an assistant coach for the men's team. Amidst coaching changes within the Waldorf wrestling program, Gilder has served as interim head coach from both the men's and women's programs.
Three Warriors traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete at the Asics U.S. Open over the weekend. Senior, Tamika Jones sought to wrap up her collegiate career on a high note, seeking a bid to World Team Trials. In January, Jones received All-American recognition after placing at WCWA Nationals. Jones' first match at 48 kg was against Bernara Moore. She was defeated by decision 7-1, 5-1 to enter the consolation bracket. After a bye, Jones entered a tough fought match with fellow teammate, Lilian Salinas. Jones took the 2-0, 2-0 decision. She then faced Oklahoma City University's Emily Webster, who handed Jones a technical fall. From there, Jones took on Allene Somera in the seventh place match. Jones emerged victorious with a 5-0, 0-1, 6-1 decision. Her seventh place finish secured her a spot at World Team Trials.
Director of Athletics, Michael Scarano has announced Courtney Martell as the next Head Women's Wrestling Coach at Waldorf College. For the past two seasons, Martell has served as an Assistant Coach for the women's wrestling team at Midland University.
The Warriors trekked to Bristol, Tennessee for the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association National tournament. Tamika Jones (Sr-Columbia, SC) represented the Warriors at 101 pounds. Following an opening round bye, Jones pinned Missouri Valley's Vuong in just :40 seconds to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Jones drew tough matchup against Oklahoma City's Webster and fell by pin (6-0, 0:27).