Raiders' Rodriguez wins second straight title
FOREST GROVE — Seven Southern Oregon University women's wrestlers were top-three placers Sunday at Pacific University's Boxer Open, led by Alejandra Rodriguez's second straight tournament title.
Rodriguez, who also won the Menlo Open two weeks ago, took the 130-pound bracket for the Raiders. She defeated Warner Pacific's Regina Bell by a 14-4 technical fall, pinned WPC's Brea Diaz in 4 minutes 31 seconds and claimed the championship match by a 4-2 decision over Simon Fraser's Nicole Depa.
SOU's runners-up were Sydney Norvell at 136 pounds and Jasmine Ivy in the 155/170-pound bracket. Norvell scored bonus points in her two wins — getting WPC's Maria Garcia 15-5 and pinning WPC's Bri Jun in 3:17 before a loss by fall in 1:18 to SFU's Francesca Giorgio. Ivy also won twice, first by fall in 4:25 against Southwestern Oregon's Milagros Garcia, then by a 3-0 decision over Southwestern Oregon's Bree Tate-Johnson. She was pinned five minutes into the title match by Southwestern Oregon's Janelle Fuanatu.
Placing third for the Raiders were Jessica DeHart (101/109), Madelynn McIlwain (116), Chloe Spencer (136) and Latiana Tauaese (191).
DeHart went 3-1, sandwiching a semifinal loss with pins of WPC's Kaelynn Canyete (2:44) and Southwestern Oregon's Kellie Heitman (2:25). She shut out Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club's Ciara McCrae in the third-place match for a 10-0 technical fall.
After falling in her first match, McIlwain earned technical fall victories over Chelsea Combes (10-0) and Christy Lor (14-3). Norvell won her first two contests against a pair of WPC teammates, by technical fall against Maria Garcia (15-5) and by fall against Brea Diaz (4:31). Tauaese's lone win was a 58-second pin of WPC's Kiaya Scoyoc.
The Raiders will be back in action with a Feb. 6 dual against Warner Pacific, their final tuneup before the Women's College Wrestling Association Championships on Feb. 11 in Oklahoma City.