Three of four Midland University women wrestlers reached the semifinal round and earned placings at the Grand View Open on Saturday. The Warriors had a pair of third-place winners in Esther Walker and Serenity Durham Goree while Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp won her division.
Walker placed third at 101-pounds going 3-1 on the day. She began her tournament with a 12-2 tech fall victory over Madison Brown of Texas Wesleyan. Then after losing a 10-0 tech fall to eventual champion Nina Pham of Wayland Baptist, she won her final two bouts to secure her placing. She defeated Gabriela Garcia of Brewton-Parker by tech fall (10-0) and then bested Madison Brown for the second time. This time around it was a 12-5 decision.
At 116-pounds Durham Goree went 3-1 on the day en route to placing third. She pinned her first opponent, Hannah Petersen of Jamestown in 3:48 and then suffered her lone defeat, an 11-0 tech fall to division runner-up Josie Bartishofski of Jamestown. Her final two bouts were a 10-0 tech fall over Katherine Heath of Baker and a 2:16 pin of Sydnee McGhee of Missouri Baptist.
Ashlee Palimo’o had a tough outing for the Warriors at 136-pounds. She went 0-2 on the day with a defeat by tie-breaker decision to Remy Vargas of Jamestown and an 11-0 tech fall to Savanna McCutchen of Missouri Valley.
Estrella-Beauchamp went 3-0 at 143-pounds, placing first place in the division. She had three different types of wins with a super-quick 36-second pin of Irene Sanchez of Oklahoma City, a 12-1 tech fall victory over Abbie Jones of Baker, and a 6-2 decision in the championship bout over Sydney Freund of Oklahoma City.