Ferrum College Wrestler Elizalde Caps WCWC Championship with All-America Award

Special to Cable 12 from Ferrum College Athletics

ADRIAN, Michigan — Ferrum College senior Alisha Elizalde earned a top-eight finish at the 2020 Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Championship and became the College’s first woman wrestler to earn All-America. The tournament was held at Adrian College’s Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.

“I’m proud of how the team competed this weekend. They looked the best they have all year. Alisha Elizalde was our first All-American in the woman’s program history and Caity Richardson lost in the blood round. There has been a lot of growth throughout the season and I can’t wait to continue to help the program grow,” said Ferrum Head Coach Breonnah Neal.

Elizalde finished sixth in the 101-pound weight class to earn her All-America honor. She opened the day with a 10-0 technical fall over Johnvanique of MacMurray College, then lost a pair of matches by tech fall to Jennesis Martinez of Colorado Mesa University and Trinity Orendina of Tiffin University.

Ferrum scored 23 points to finish 16th in a field of 19 teams. McKendree University won the tournament with 191 points, with Simon Fraser University (BC) second with 178.5 points and King University (TN) third with 123 points.

TEAM SCORES
1. McKendree University, IL 191.0; 2. Simon Fraser University, BC 178.5; 3. King University, TN 123.0; 4. Colorado Mesa University, CO 92.5; 5. Emmanuel College, GA 86.0; 6. North Central College, IL 70.0; 7. Tiffin University, OH 69.0; 8. Univ. of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, WI 68.0; 9. Augsburg University, MN 65.0; 10. Presbyterian College, SC 52.0; 11. Gannon University, PA 34.5; 12. Lakeland University, WI 30.5; 13. Adrian College, MI 28.0; 14. Lindenwood University, MO 25.0; 15. MacMurray College, IL 24.0; 16. Ferrum College, VA 23.0; 17. East Stroudsburg University, PA 22.0; 18. Schreiner University, TX 17.0; 19. Limestone College, SC 8.5

FERRUM WRESTLERS
101: Alisha Elizalde 2-3, 6th place
116: Aidan Coughlin 1-2
130: Destiny Benjamin 2-2 (1 pin), Katrina Anderson 1-2
136: Caitlynn Richardson 2-2 (1)
155: Tayler Kleemoff 2-2 (1)
170: Talum Smith 0-2

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