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POTEAU, Oklahoma – The Jarvis Christian University women’s wrestling team had a historic finish on Sunday at the Viking Women’s Open Tournament in Oklahoma hosted by Carl Alberts State College.


The JCU women’s wrestling team had all three wrestlers place at the tournament after a great showing during the previous week at the Falcon Invite in Kansas. Samyra Thomas swept through the 191 lb. weight class on Sunday. She recorded a pin in the semi-final match and then tech’d Eseta Sepeni from Oklahoma City University, 18-5 in the final.


Natalie Bryant had a great performance as she picked up a third place finish at 170 lbs. with a 2-2 record on the day. Lydia Monedero competed at 155 lbs. as she had a slow start, but recovered to finish in fifth place with a 2-2 record.


The JCU women’s wrestling team is now the first HBCU in history to compete in tournaments and duals. Head Coach Lance Brown sees an exciting future ahead for the team.


“With a lot more of the season ahead, the team’s future is exciting and bright,” Brown said.


Up Next 


The JCU men’s and women’s wrestling teams will travel to Lindenwood University in Missouri for a men’s open and women’s duals from November 18-20.


Garret Sulak

Sports Information Director

Jarvis Christian University

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