Mounties Finish 5th in CCC, Retano and Weiber Qualify for NAIA Tournament

ATHERTON, Calif. – Eastern Oregon women’s wrestling team delivered a commendable performance at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Women’s Wrestling Championship Tournament on Sunday. Despite stiff competition, the Mountaineers secured a fifth-place finish with a total of 72.0 team points.

Trinity Tafoya made a run at the CCC 191-pound title, before eventually falling to the #1 nationally ranked Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson out of Menlo College. Irma Retano also reached podium for the Mounties, defeating #11 Arieana Arias from Providence to claim a third place finish.

The CCC recently set a record and received the highest number of automatic qualifiers to the NAIA Championships with a total of 43. With Sunday’s results, Irma Retano and Liv Wieber have all qualified to represent Eastern Oregon at the second annual NAIA Women’s Wrestling National Championships, held March 8th and 9th at Harold Newman Arena in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Teams Results

109 | Nayeli Flores Roque | 6th Place | 6.0 team points

Quarterfinal: Lost to Nizhoni Tallman (Evergreen State) by decision, 4-2

Cons. Round 1: Won by tech fall over Melanie Salazar (Simpson) in 3:17

Cons. Semi: Lost by fall to Liv Villanueva (Southern Oregon) in 2:13

5th Place Match: Lost by fall to Angelina Dill (Vanguard) in 1:01

116 | Kadence Beck | 2.5 team points

Champ. Round 1: Received a bye

Quarterfinal: Lost by fall to Ajayzee Zaballos (Menlo) in 2:34

Cons. Round 2: Won by fall over Kaylie Lara-Villagrana (Vanguard) in 0:52

Cons. Round 3: Lost by fall to Kaylee Annis (Southern Oregon) in 3:24

116 | Irma Retano | 3rd Place | 16.5 team points

Champ. Round 1: Received a bye

Quarterfinal: Lost by decision to Marissa Kurtz (Southern Oregon), 8-6

Cons. Round 2: Won by tech fall over Ajenea Castaneda (Simpson) in 1:28

Cons. Round 3: Won by tech fall over Alexia Fabian (Evergreen State) in 1:10

Cons. Semi: Won by tech fall over Isabelle Asuncion (Providence) in 4:59

3rd Place Match: Won by tech fall over Arieana Arias (Providence) in 1:31

123 | Paige Chafin | 6th Place | 9.0 team points

Champ. Round 1: Received a bye

Quarterfinal: Lost by decision to Alana Vivas (Menlo College), 11-2

Cons. Round 2: Won by injury default over Maria Lopez (Simpson) in 1:17

Cons. Round 3: Won by fall over Loretta Lopez (Vanguard) in 5:53

Cons. Semi: Lost by tech fall to Fernanda Lopez (Southern Oregon) in 3:42

5th Place Match: Lost by fall to Alicia Frank (Providence) in 0:59

130 | Anna Rodriguez | 6th Place | 5.0 team points

Champ. Round 1: Received a bye

Quarterfinal: Lost by tech fall to Alyssa Randles (Providence) in 2:07

Cons. Round 2: Received a bye

Cons. Round 3: Won by decision over Sitlaly Macias (Eastern Oregon) in 7-0

Cons. Semi: Lost by tech fall to Lillian Avalos (Vanguard) in 1:15 (12-0)

5th Place Match: Lost by tech fall to Erica Grant (Evergreen State) in 3:00

True 6th Place Match: Lost by fall to Paige Respicio (Providence) in 1:35

130 | Sitlaly Macias | 8th Place | 3.0 team points

Champ. Round 1: Lost by tech fall to Erica Grant (Evergreen State) in 1:09

Cons. Round 1: Received a bye

Cons. Round 2: Won by fall over Elena Rameriz (Vanguard) in 0:58

Cons. Round 3: Lost by decision to Anna Rodriguez (Eastern Oregon) in 7:0

7th Place Match: Lost by fall to Paige Respicio (Providence) in 1:51

136 | Lexie Garza

Quarterfinal: Lost by fall to Stephanie Chavez (Menlo) in 2:33

Cons. Round 1: Lost by fall to Alondra Hernandez (Simpson) in 4:47

143 | Nayeli Maston

Quarterfinal: Lost by tech fall to Alexandra Lopez (Menlo) in 1:41

Cons. Round 1: Lost by tech fall to Elise Scrafford (Evergreen State) in 3:39

155 | Liv Wieber | 4th Place | 9.5 team points

Quarterfinal: Lost by tech fall to Caitlyn Davis (Southern Oregon) in 5:56

Cons. Round 1: Received a bye

Cons. Semi: Won by tech fall over Sadie Antoque (Providence) in 2:23

3rd Place Match: Lost by fall to Flor Parker Borrero (Evergreen State) in 1:50

155 | Jocelyn Velasco | 6th Place | 6.5 team points

Quarterfinal: Lost by tech fall to Shannon Workinger (Menlo) in 2:34

Cons. Round 1: Won by fall over Hailey Omoso (Simpson) in 1:35

Cons. Semi: Lost by fall to Flor Parker Borrero (Evergreen State) in 0:48

5th Place Match: Lost by fall to Sadie Antoque (Providence) in 4:38

170 | Anna McDougal

Quarterfinal: Lost by tech fall to Shenita Lawson (Southern Oregon) in 2:02

Cons. Round 1: Lost by fall to Katelyn Lewis (Providence) in 0:21

191 | Trinity Tafoya | 2nd Place | 14.0 team points

Quarterfinal: Received a bye

Semifinal: Won by fall over Reina Walker (Evergreen State) in 0:58

Championship: Lost by fall to Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson (Menlo) in 1:26

With the conclusion of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament, a 10-member committee comprising conference raters and oversight members will convene to choose the remaining at-large qualifiers, completing a selection of 210 wrestlers. The list will be made public on Tuesday, February 27th, by 3 p.m. Seeding and preliminary brackets will be announced on NAIA.org by 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, March 1st, 2024.

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