MVC Women's Wrestling Defeats McKendree on Senior Night

Posted January 16, 2014

Media Relations Contact:

Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 16, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College women’s wrestling team welcomed in No. 13 McKendree (Ill.) University to the Burns Athletic Complex Thursday evening for a Senior Night dual. The Vikings won five-straight matches to come from behind and win the dual 23-18.


Dual Results:

101 pounds- Left open by both teams

109 pounds- No. 9 Tayler Resuriz won by forfeit as Missouri Valley left the weight class open. McKendree led 5-0.

116 pounds- Sophomore Samantha Higa (Aiea, Hawai’i) lost to Anna Divens by a 10-0 technical fall. McKendree leads 9-0.

123 pounds- Senior Samantha Lovelace (South Prairie, Wash.) lost to Samantha Spjut in a first period pin. McKendree led 14-0.

130 pounds- Freshman Christy Powell (Atlanta, Ga.) lost to No. 9 Gabrielle Weyrich by a 10-0 technical fall. McKendree led 18-0.

136 pounds- Senior Mayleen Soto (Azusa, Calif.) defeated Diane Neverez by a 10-0 technical fall. McKendree leads 18-4.

143 pounds- Senior No. 6 Frances Efiong (Arlington, Texas) defeated Sonia Beri in a first period pin. McKendree led 18-9.

155 pounds- Freshman Ku’uleilani Lankford (Ewa Beach, Hawai’i) defeated Andrea Ruiz in a second period pin. McKendree led 18-14.

170 pounds- Senior No. 9 Brittany Jones (Grapevine, Texas) defeated Robin Torres by a 10-0 technical fall. Team score was tied at 18-18.

191 pounds- Sophomore No. 10 Jessica Ulloa (Concord, Calif.) won by forfeit as McKendree left the weight class open. Missouri Valley won the dual by a 23-18 team score.


The Vikings will next be in action at the WCWA Nationals in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 23-25.



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