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Raiders cruise into semis at National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The No. 3-ranked Southern Oregon University women’s wrestling team stormed into the semifinal round of the U.S. Marine Corps/NWCA National Dual Meet Championships on Thursday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The Raiders opened with a 41-6 thumping of No. 20 Brewton-Parker (Ga.) to advance to the quarterfinals, where their 34-10 win over No. 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) was never in doubt.

They moved on to face No. 2 Life (Ga.) at 8 a.m. Pacific today. The other semifinal features top-ranked Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 5 Grand View (Iowa). The winners will meet in the final at noon, and the third-place dual is set for the same time.

The Raiders, who hadn’t wrestled since Dec. 18, didn’t finish better than eighth in their two previous trips to the National Duals. Their perfect record stands at 6-0.

Emily Se, the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked 136-pounder, recorded two of SOU’s seven pins on the day — first at 143 pounds, downing Brewton-Parker’s Merianyeli Mercado Marte in 50 seconds, then at 136, finishing Cumberlands’ Madyson Dow in 40.

Tara Othman (116), Carolina Johnson (123), Julissa Taitano (136 and 143) and Sienna Ramirez (155) were the other Raiders to win two contests apiece on the day. Emma Baertlein (101) and Karrah Smith (191) both won with bonus points and received a forfeit apiece.

Smith’s win also represented the upset of the day. In the finale against Cumberlands, the No. 5-ranked junior took down top-ranked Jessie Kirby by fall in 2:17.

The Raiders dominated at the lower weights, racing out to leads of 19-0 in the first dual and 16-1 in the second through 123 pounds.

SOU 41, BREWTON-PARKER 6

101 — Emma Baertlein, SOU, won by forfeit; 109 — Valeree Ornelas, SOU, pinned Alyssa Valdivia, 2:18; 116 — Tara Othman, SOU, tech. fall Alesandra Burgos, 10-0; 123 — Carolina Johnson, SOU, pinned Geneva Winston, 4:07; 130 — Jorie Richardson, BPC, pinned Jordynn Robson, 4:00.

136 — Julissa Taitano, SOU, tech. fall Kamryn Ellis, 12-0; 143 — Emily Se, SOU, pinned Merianyeli Mercado Marte, 0:50; 155 — Sienna Ramirez, SOU, dec. India Page, 8-3; 170 — Bailey Dennis, SOU, pinned Sierra Hartfelder, 0:21; 191 — Karrah Smith, SOU, won by forfeit.

SOU 34, CUMBERLANDS 10

101 — Emma Baertlein, SOU, tech. fall Elizabeth Dosado, 10-0; 109 — Macie Stewart, SOU, pinned Jaine Stephens, 0:59; 116 — Tara Othman, SOU, dec. Alexi Medina, 6-2; 123 — Carolina Johnson, SOU, tech. fall Hailey Foster, 10-0; 130 — Courtney Pittman, Cumberlands, pinned Jordynn Robson, 2:15.

136 — Emily Se, SOU, pinned Madyson Dow, 0:40; 143 — Julissa Taitano, SOU, tech. fall Taylor Whitehurst, 10-0; 155 — Sienna Ramirez, SOU, tech. fall Kailee Godinez, 10-0; 170 — Chamira Cooper, Cumberlands, tech. fall Bailey Dennis, 10-0; 191 — Karrah Smith, SOU, pinned Jesse Kirby, 2:17.