The Chadron State College women’s wrestling team continues its season on Sunday, entering the Lindenwood University Open in St. Charles Missouri. It is the longest trip of the regular season for the Eagles.
Thirteen other teams will be competing at the meet, with the most prominent being No. 1-ranked McKendree University of Illinois. The Bearcats have 15 individuals ranked among the top eight nationally over 10 weight divisions, including eight among the five classes in which the Eagles will compete. As of yet, not every team has submitted entries, but there are 63 wrestlers, including the six from CSC, slotted to compete.
CSC Head Women’s Wrestling Coach Alijah Jeffery will also have an opportunity to compete against his former program, defending junior college national champion Indian Hills Community College.
Most schools, much like CSC, are only fielding partial teams, however, Indian Hills will bring 21 student-athletes in all 10 weight divisions.
CSC’s six wrestlers are Karstin Hollen at 143 pounds, Jeslyn Jindra, who will drop from 170 to 155 for the tournament, Taylor Lindstrom and Kinsey Smith at 101, Madison Martinez at 191, and Kamila Montenegro at 170. Montenegro not only made CSC history last weekend by securing the first-ever women’s wrestling win for the first-year program, but she also recorded five pins en route to the bronze medal at the Maverick Open in Grand Junction, Colorado.
By the standards of the sport, the host, Lindenwood, has a longstanding women’s wrestling tradition, dating back to 2008. The Lions have attained a ranking as high as third nationally, and have placed at nationals several times. This is the first instance of the Lindenwood Open.
Wrestling is set to begin at 9 a.m. CT on Sunday. No live coverage is listed as of yet.