Provided by Wayland Baptist Athletics
Wrestling the No. 15 team in the country, the No. 4 Wayland Baptist women's wrestling team put on a show in its final home dual of the season. After honoring seniors Brenda Mendoza, Ofelia Valdez and Angela Vyborny, the Pioneers defeated Northwest Technical College, 40-3.
Coach Aaron Meister couldn't have been prouder when asked about his three seniors.
"They truly are Pioneers," Meister said when speaking of three of the first members of the first and only collegiate wrestling program in Texas. "Ofelia was here four years ago on our inaugural team and Brenda and Angela have been here for three years each now. It's always nice to see kids finish out their careers, but you hate to see them go."
Vanessa Smith and Lily Trinn got the dual started, wrestling in the 101-pound division. Smith dominated the match, giving Wayland an early four-point lead after earning a technical fall, defeating Trinn, 10-0.
Michele Guerrero followed Smith up nicely, defeating Angela Fragoso, 12-3, giving WBU a 7-0 advantage. The first of two pins by the Pioneers came when Wayland's Lauryn Bruggink pinned Hogla Molina in just 50 seconds.
After a forfeit by Northwest Tech, Tarkyia Mensah scored five points in the 136-match and seemed to have a pin, but an injury ended the match, giving Wayland a 22-0 lead.
The Pioneers continued to cruise, getting a technical fall from Samantha Villegas and a pin from Tamyra Mensah. Valerie Rosales then added to the Pioneers' lead after a forfeit from the Mavericks in the 155s.
Two of Wayland's seniors rounded out the dual as Brenda Mendoza got a technical fall, defeating Della Crockett, 10-0, but Vyborny fell to all-American Leya Luafalemana, WBU's only loss of the night.
The Pioneers won the dual, 40-3, and Meister was proud of the performance that his team put on the mat Friday night.
"Northwest is a good, fundamentally sound team," Meister said. "We executed well and really controlled the pace of the dual."
The Pioneers will head to Amarillo Saturday to compete in the Raider Duals, an event Wayland hosts. In addition to facing the Mavericks again, WBU will also face Bacone (Okla.) and No. 5 Lindenwood (Mo.)
Wayland defeated Lindenwood, 24-19, on Oct. 25 at the Oklahoma City Duals, but Meister says the Pioneers need to pick up another win in order to maintain their No. 4 seed going into the national dual tournament.
"We always have great battles with Lindenwood," he said. "We expect to go out and wrestle well on Saturday and have a good, competitive match."
Wayland Baptist 40, Northwest Tech, 3
101: Vanessa Smith, WBU, def. Lily Trinn, NWT, by tech. fall, 10-0; 4-0.
109: Michele Guerrero, WBU, def. Angela Fragoso, NWT, by dec., 12-3; 7-0.
116: Lauryn Bruggink, WBU, def. Hogla Molina, NWT, by pin, 00:50; 12-0.
123: Dineesha Jones, WBU, won by forfeit; 17-0.
130: Tarkyia Mensah, WBU, def. Teasia Lizama, NWT, by inj.; 22-0.
136: Samantha Villegas, WBU, def. Marisol Arredondo, NWT, by tech. fall, 12-0; 26-0.
143: Tamyra Mensah, WBU, def. Amelia Miller, NWT, by pin, 00:43; 31-0.
155: Valerie Rosales, WBU, won by forfeit; 36-0.
170: Brenda Mendoza, WBU, won by tech. fall, 10-0; 40-0.
191: Leya Luafalemana, NWT, def. Angela Vyborny, WBU, 11-5; 40-3.