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Live results | No. 3 Iowa women’s wrestling squad makes Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut

The Hawkeyes will make history on Sunday as they host a quad-style dual meet in front of over 10,000 fans in Iowa City.
Grace Smith
Iowa’s 170-pound Kylie Welker poses for a portrait during the inaugural Iowa women’s wrestling media day in the Feller Club Room and the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2023. In the 2022-23 season as an unattached wrestler, Welker was runner-up at the U20 National Championship in 2023.

No. 3 Iowa women’s wrestling will make its Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut on Sunday in a quad-style dual meet featuring sixth-ranked Sacred Heart, 12th-ranked Lindenwood, and 13th-ranked Presbyterian. The Trailblazer Duals will start at 11 a.m. and be streamed on Big Ten Plus.

Over 10,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s competition, according to Iowa sports information.

Iowa announced in September 2021 that it would become the first Division I Power Five program to add women’s wrestling. At the helm of the new program is Clarissa Chun, a two-time Olympic medalist and former assistant coach for the women’s national team from 2017-21.

The then-No. 8 Hawkeye women opened their season last weekend with a dominating 43-1 win over then-No. 7 East Stroudsburg. Iowa capped off the trip to the East Coast by crowning six individual champions at the Princeton Tiger Collegiate Open.

Freestyle matches are two three-minute periods. Takedowns can be worth two, four, or five points depending on the execution. Exposure points, which are achieved when a wrestler turns their opponent’s back to the mat, are two points apiece. Reversals and step-outs are a point each.

A wrestler earns five team points for a pin, four points for technical superiority or tech fall, which is when a competitor leads by 10 or more points at any point in the match, and three points for a decision.

An individual earns one team point if they score during a match but still lose via decision or technical superiority.


101 POUNDS: No. 7 Emilie Gonzalez (IA) over Chiara Barbieri (PC) via fall

Gonzalez started off the meet hot for the Hawkeyes. After a pair of takedowns, Gonzalez forced Barbieri to her back for the pin, igniting the fans inside Carver.

Iowa leads, 5-0.

109 POUNDS: No. 5 Ava Bayless (IA)  over Grace York (PC)  via technical superiority 

This match was over in the blink of an eye. Bayless wasted no time, rolling her opponent over near the edge of the mat several times to take a 10-0 lead.

Iowa leads, 9-0.

116 POUNDS: No. 12 Brianna Gonzalez (IA) over Charlize Shuler (PC) via technical superiority 

Brianna Gonzalez failed to put her opponent’s shoulders on the mat for the fall but still managed several takedowns to take a 10-0 advantage. Iowa fans are having fun yelling “TWOOOO,” something the Hawkeye faithful will not be able to yell anymore during the men’s wrestling matches, as takedowns are now three points in folkstyle.

Iowa leads, 13-0.

123 POUNDS: Felicity Taylor (IA) over Alyssa Mahan (PC) via technical superiority 

Taylor is ranked No. 3 at 116 pounds but is wrestling up a weight class. This was the first Hawkeye match of the day to make it to the second period. Taylor led, 8-0, heading into the final three minutes and clinched the match with a takedown with just over a minute remaining.

Iowa leads, 17-0.

130 POUNDS: Emily Frost (IA) over Olivia Walker (PC) via fall

Walker put the first points on the board for Presbyterian with a four-point takedown. Frost trailed, 4-1, heading into the second period. Frost earned a boost of energy amid a “Let’s Go Hawks” chant, made a quick move, and turned Walker onto her back for the fall, bringing everyone inside Carver to their feet.

Iowa leads, 22-0.

136 POUNDS: No. 2 Nanea Estrella (IA) over Paige Wehrmeister (PC) via technical superiority 

After taking a quick timeout due to a bloody nose, Estrella narrowly avoided a pin. Down 2-0, she answered right away to claim a 5-2 lead heading into the final three minutes. Estrella controlled the pace in the second period and scored a two-point takedown in the final 20 seconds to claim a 10-2 victory. Presbyterian will be awarded one team point because Wehrmeister scored in the match.

Iowa leads, 26-1.

143 POUNDS: No. 3 Reese Larramendy (IA) over Madeline Kubicki (PC) via technical superiority

Larramendy quickly scored a two-point takedown and was awarded one point because Kubicki stepped out-of-bounds. The Hawkeye continued to dominate, ending the match, 11-0, in the first period.

Iowa leads, 30-1.

155 POUNDS: Marylnne Deede (IA) wins via forfeit

The only action in this one was when Deede ran out to the mat to get her hand raised.

Iowa leads, 35-0.

170 POUNDS: No. 3 Kylie Welker (IA) over Henlee Haynes (PC) via technical superiority 

It took just 36 seconds for Welker to defeat her opponent, 10-0. The Hawkeye walked off the mat after her Carver debut with a big smile.

Iowa leads, 39-1.

191 POUNDS: Alivia White (IA) over No. 14 Ella Beam (PC) via fall

After being down, 4-0, White came into the second period with an aggressive mindset and wrapped up Iowa’s first dual of the day with a pin.

FINAL: Iowa 44, Presbyterian 1


101 POUNDS: Emilie Gonzalez (IA) over Megan Valdez (LU) via technical superiority 

Gonzalez started off Iowa’s second meeting of the day with a bang. It took her 43 seconds to take a 10-0 lead, rolling her opponent over relentlessly.

Iowa leads, 4-0.

109 POUNDS: Ava Bayless (IA) over Kate Cooper (LU) via technical superiority

Cooper didn’t have a chance in this one. Bayless came out swinging, ending the match in the first period, 10-0.

Iowa leads, 8-0.

116 POUNDS: Brianna Gonzalez (IA) over Sienna Caruso (LU) via technical superiority 

Brianna mirrored her first performance of the day, dominating Caruso, 10-0,  in 1:26.

Iowa leads, 12-0.

123 POUNDS: Felicity Taylor (IA) over Amanda McAleavey (LU) via fall

Taylor didn’t need the second period to take this match. She dominated from the start en route to Iowa’s first fall of the match.

Iowa leads, 17-0.

130 POUNDS: Emily Frost (IA) over Cayden Condit (LU) via fall

Frost notched the second straight fall of the match and her second pin of the day. It took her 44 seconds.

Iowa leads, 22-0.

136 POUNDS: Nanea Estrella (IA) over Marissa Sanabria (LU) via technical superiority 

Estrella kept it short and sweet, rolling her opponent over five times en route to a dominating 10-0 win.

Iowa leads, 26-0.

143 POUNDS: No. 2 Ella Schmit (IA) over Alana Duggan (LU) via decision 

Hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa, Schmit fulfilled a lifelong dream when she stepped out on the mat in Carver-Hawkeye for the first time in a Hawkeye singlet. She led, 5-0, after the first period. Schmit gained a point after Lindenwood lost a challenge and two more from Duggan stepping out. Schmit won the match, 8-0.

Iowa leads, 29-0. 

155 POUNDS: Marlynne Deede (IA) over Rebecca Strong (LU) via fall

Deede got on the board first after Strong stepped out. Up 7-0, Deede turned Strong to her back and earned the fall in 1:16.

Iowa leads, 34-0.

170 POUNDS: Haley Ward (IA) over Emma Thomas (LU) via fall

Three two-point takedowns gave Ward a 6-0 advantage heading into the second period. Ward kept her foot on the gas en route to a 10-0 win, nearly getting the pin.

Iowa leads, 38-0.

191 POUNDS: Kylie Welker (IA) over Kennedy Eggering (LU) via fall

Wrestling up a weight class didn’t slow down Welker one bit. She dominated from the start, earning the fall in 28 seconds to cap off another Iowa win.

FINAL: Iowa, 43, Lindenwood 0


101 POUNDS: No. 9 Sterling Dias (IA) over Aaliyah Payne-Parris (SHU) via fall

It was a quick Carver debut for Dias, who pinned her opponent in 22 seconds.

Iowa leads, 5-0.

109 POUNDS: Ava Bayless (IA) over Ahsia Torres (SHU) via technical superiority 

Bayless earned her third win on the day with a quick 10-0 victory.

Iowa leads, 9-0.

116 POUNDS: Brianna Gonzalez (IA) over Nohea Moniz (SHU) via fall 

What a day for the Gonzalez twins. Brianna took home her third dub of the dual meet, pinning Moniz with ease.

Iowa leads, 14-0.

123 POUNDS: Felicity Taylor wins via forfeit 

Iowa leads, 19-0.

130 POUNDS: Lily Luft (IA) over Bayley Trang (SHU) via technical superiority 

Luft, one of three Iowa natives on the squad, showed out in her home debut. Luft took ahold of Trang’s legs and took her for a ride, rolling her to an 11-0 win.

Iowa leads, 23-0.

136 POUNDS: Nanea Estrella (IA) over Aliza Leander (SHU) via technical superiority 

It took Estrella just 1:01 to win, 11-0, capping off an undefeated day.

Iowa leads, 27-0.

143 POUNDS: Reese Larramendy (IA) over Khadijah Sanusi (SHU) via technical superiority.

The wins just keep tacking on for the Hawks. Larramendy made it look easy and rolled her way to a 10-0 tech fall.

Iowa leads, 31-0.

155 POUNDS: Marylnne Deede (IA) over Madison Sandquist (SHU) via fall 

The transfer from Ausburg and the reigning national champion impressed once again. Deede earned her second pin of the day, this time in 1:32.

Iowa leads, 36-0.

170 POUNDS: Kylie Welker (IA) over Love Daley (SHU) via technical superiority

Can’t spell Welker without a W. The Hawkeye cruised to a 12-1 tech fall.

Iowa leads, 40-1.

191 POUNDS: Madeline Hodges (SHU) over Alivia White (IA) via decision 

Hodges got on the board first and led, 1-0, after the first period. Hodges kept her foot on the gas, handing Iowa its first loss of the day.

FINAL: Iowa 40, Sacred Heart 4

This is a developing story. Check back for updates throughout the afternoon.

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About the Contributors
Kenna Roering, Sports Editor
Kenna Roering is The Daily Iowan's sports editor. She is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism with a minor in sports and recreation management. Kenna previously worked as a sports reporter for men's wrestling and volleyball and was the summer sports editor in 2023. This is her second year with the DI.
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.