IOWA Metropolis, Iowa – NAIA countrywide finalist Nanea Estrella will transfer to the College of Iowa women’s wrestling method, head coach Clarissa Chun declared Wednesday. Estrella will be part of the Hawkeyes soon after wrestling one year at Menlo (Calif.) Faculty.
“Being from Hawaii, I have watched Nanea wrestle since she was in ninth grade,” claimed Chun. “I was pleased when she went to Menlo, but was unfortunate, realizing I wouldn’t have the prospect to perform with her.
“When I was announced as Iowa’s head mentor, Nanea achieved out and went by the transfer procedure. I am thrilled to include her to our system as I have noticed her develop in the activity. She’s a tenacious competitor and likes complicated herself.
“When she was in higher faculty, she’d go up in bodyweight lessons due to the fact she wished to be the very best pound-for-pound wrestler in the point out. She is a competitor that will embrace the Iowa philosophy and expectations.”
During the 2021-22 year, Estrella completed as the countrywide runner-up at 130 pounds, supporting Menlo to a third-area workforce end, and she was the Cascade Collegiate Convention champion. The All-CCC assortment finished the time with an 18-2 file and was named the NAIA Women’s Wrestler of the 7 days on Jan. 19.
“I selected the College of Iowa to optimize each option I have,” reported Estrella. “Academically and athletically, I can not envision a superior match for me. The Mecca of wrestling! Nowhere else, but Iowa.”
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Estrella also took third at the UWW U23 Countrywide Championships in 2021 and received the UWW Junior nationwide title in 2020. She was the runner-up at the 2019 Junior Countrywide Championship and 2018 Cadet Countrywide Championships, although using third at the Cadet Environment Crew Trials in 2019. She also gained the two the freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2019 Western Regionals.
The Makawao, Hawaii, indigenous prepped at Lahainaluna Significant Faculty, exactly where she was a 4-time state winner. She was ranked next at 132 kilos in the Countrywide Ladies Higher Faculty rankings and was ranked in the top 10 nationally for 3 straight seasons. She was workforce captain for 3 straight seasons.
Estrella was the receiver of the 2020 Tricia Saunders Nationwide Higher University Women’s Wrestling Excellence Award.
Estrella will redshirt and compete unattached in 2022-23. Iowa introduced in September 2021 it would turn into the initially Division I Electricity Five school to increase women’s wrestling. The Hawkeyes start out competing in 2023-24.
2022 Signing Class
Nanea Estrella (Makawao, Hawaii)
Brianna Gonzalez (San Lorenza, California)
Emilie Gonzalez (San Lorenza, California)
Reese Larramendy (Reno, Nevada)
Ella Schmidt (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Nyla Valencia (Morgan Hill, California)
Kylie Welker (Franksville, Wisconsin)