Lady Owls debut with two gold medals

Monday, December 2, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Marshall wrestling program has had girls participate for most of the last few years.

Now they have a team of their own.

The Lady Owls debuted Saturday at the Eagle Classic in Kansas City, with 10 of their 11 entries walking away with medals -- two of them gold -- and compiling an 18-12 overall record.

Sophomore Kenya Maqueda won all three of her matches in the 125-pound classification, a 15-0 technical fall against Liberty junior Jenna Berry in the second round-robin match being decisive in claiming the championship.

In the 120-pound weight division, a head-to-head between two Marshall girls who both beat their only outside competition decided the title as sophomore Cynthia Martinez pinned freshman Michelle Jones.

Three Lady Owls won silver medals, two in championship rounds. Junior Chelsea Guthrey (152 pounds) split her two matches, but junior Raziyah Thomas (152) won three times before falling to Polo junior Abigail Bolling and freshman Shylynn Brown (235) beat senior teammate Savannah Pannell -- who came in fourth -- to earn a spot in the finals, losing by fall to Liberty North junior Elaina Gorton.

Tying for the team lead in wins with three was junior Lakeshia Thomas (142), whose first-round loss to Liberty North junior Payton Mathews cost her the crown and landed her in third place. Also coming in third was freshman Jaedyn Borja (103) by splitting two matches. Besides Pannell, sophomore Alex Colbert (152) placed fourth with a 2-2 record.

Of the 41 contestants, 25 were from either Liberty North (14) or Marshall. This being an open meet, team scores were not recorded.

Next up for the Lady Owls will be the Fort Osage Tournament, Dec. 10 at Independence.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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