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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Lady Vikings led 11-0 following a victory by sophomore Samantha Lovelace (right) over Lindenwood's Seanelle Esperanza.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
The last home match of the season for the Missouri Valley College women's wrestling team started off well enough, but the good times didn't last.

Third-ranked Lindenwood (5-4) won the final seven bouts Tuesday for a 27-14 victory over the No. 6 Lady Vikings.

After a default at 101 pounds gave Valley a 5-0 lead, third-rated senior Britney Heatherly (109 pounds) controlled her contest against sophomore Briana Gedeon, 3-0, 3-0. That was followed by a 1-0, 4-0 decision by sophomore Samantha Lovelace (123) over junior Seanelle Esperanza to give the Lady Vikings an 11-0 lead.

After that, with only minor exceptions, the match belonged to the Lady Lions. After splitting the first period, 2-2, LU senior India Walker, ranked sixth at 116 pounds, won a 4-0 second set over senior Summer Sistad (123) -- No. 5 at 130.

Senior Priscilla Calder led 5-1 in the second period of her tilt against MVC junior Mayleen Soto (130) before recording a pin at the 2:26 mark.

Two grapplers ranked in different weight classes met at 136 pounds, with Lindenwood getting the victory by No. 2 junior Shauna Isbel (123) over sixth-rated junior Danielle Curlis (143) with a 1-0, 1-0 decision.

Valley junior Frances Elfiong (143) appeared to be in charge of her contest against sophomore Rachel Shannon, No. 3 at 136, with a near-fall during a 4-0 first period. However, Shannon came back with 2-0, 2-1 advantages in the next two frames to win.

The Lady Vikings also saw a ranked wrestler beaten at 155 when No. 6 junior Jordan Hagerman was pinned at 3:07 by sophomore Tanya Kusse, ranked second at 143.

The Lady Lions got another five points for a fall at 170 from sophomore Brittany David, No. 4 at 155, disposed of seventh-ranked sophomore Brittany Jones in 39 seconds.

The final bout was one of the closest, as No. 5 junior Paloma Basulto (191) and Lindenwood sophomore Ruth Leger, ranked eighth at 170, each recorded a throw. Leger had two of them to win the set, 6-4, and each had a takedown in the 1-1 second frame to give the Lady Lion the victory.

The teams split a pair of exhibitions, No. 4 sophomore Jacarra Winchester (116) winning and Sistad losing for Valley.

The Lady Vikings (8-5) will head to California on Saturday for the Menlo Open.

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