CORALVILLE, Iowa — World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt capped off a dominant performance at Senior Nationals on Friday night at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.
The 27-year-old Indiana native was one of three champions crowned in women’s wrestling on the opening day of Senior Nationals.
Hildebrandt had little trouble in the finals at 50 kilograms, rolling to an easy 8-0 victory over Amy Fearnside. Hildebrandt scored a takedown 30 seconds into the match to go up 2-0. She extended her lead to 6-0 with another takedown and turn off a lace. She would add a third takedown late in the match.
The most exciting women’s wrestling finals match came at 57 kilograms where Lauren Louive came from behind late to secure a fall over Xochitl Mota-Pettis. Mota-Pettis, who defeated top-seeded Alli Ragan earlier in the tournament, built a 4-0 lead before Louive scored a late first-period exposure to cut the deficit to 4-2 at the break. In the second period, Mota-Pettis extended her lead to 6-2 off a double leg takedown. Louive battled back, scoring a takedown and gut wrench to take a 6-6 criteria lead. But Mota-Pettis retook the lead, scoring a takedown off a lateral drop to go up 8-6. With 25 seconds remaining, Louive hit a headlock and then secured the fall to earn the title.
Katherine Shai claimed her first Senior Nationals title with a dominant 10-0 technical superiority over past cadet world champion Ronna Heaton at 53 kilograms. Shai scored three first-period takedowns to go up 6-0 at the break. She countered a crotch lift in the second period to build her lead to 8-0. Shai then finished the match early in the second period with another takedown.
The final three women’s wrestling weight classes will be contested on Saturday.
50: Sarah Hildebrandt tech. Amy Fearnside, 8-0
53: Katherine Shai tech. Ronna Heaton, 10-0
57: Lauren Louive pinned Xochitl Mota-Pettis