MARIETTA, GEORGIA - Former Selma wrestlers Gracie Figueroa and Alleida Martinez became freshmen national champions for the Menlo Oaks girls wrestling team at the WCWA College Women’s Nationals on Feb. 9.
Martinez came into the tournament as the top-ranked wrestler in the 109 pound bracket. Martinez went undefeated throughout the tourney that ended in a victory over McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville University in the finals. Martinez pinned Campbell in the finals.
After her championship victory, Martinez officially became the first freshman to win a national title for the Oaks since 2004.
Figueroa was also the top-ranked wrestler in her weight class heading into the tournament. Figueroa wrestled in the 116-pound bracket where she went undefeated.
Figueroa won her title after a 7-0 victory over Felicity Taylor of McKendree University in the finals.
The first place finishes from Selma’s “dynamic duo” helped secured Menlo’s first national championship in program history. The Oaks finished atop of the tournament at 199.5 points.
Martinez and Figueroa were two of three national champions from Menlo.