• Kaylee Seabolt celebrates her runner up performance at the WCWA Nationals with her Emmanuel College coach Kristie Davis. RIGHT: Seabolt squeezes the energy out of Sara Aguilar in the second round of the WCWA Nationals. Seabolt was the only unranked wrestler to advance the finals at the event. Seabolt pinned the number two, three and four wrestlers in the nation on her way to her WCWA Nationals runner up title.

-Seabolt shines at wrestling Nationals

Former LCHS wrestler Kaylee Seabolt made the most of her freshman season wrestling for Emmanuel College when she took home runner up honors at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) Nationals on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Seabolt (191 pounds) went into the WCWA Nationals unseeded and knocked off some serious competition on her road to the finals match.

Seabolt began the tournament by defeating Yalotza Ramos of Lindenwood University in Illinois with a win by pin before facing off with fourth ranked Sara Aguilar of Menlo College in California in her second match of the tournament.

Seabolt proved she wasn’t afraid of the tough competition and was able to pin Aguilar to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals match, Seabolt’s competition continued to get stronger and the freshman wrestler found herself squaring off with third ranked Brandy Lowe, a senior wrestler from McKendree University in Illinois. Seabolt proved she was up to the test and pinned Lowe’s shoulders to the mat to advance to the semifinal match. 

In the semifinal match, Seabolt faced off with second ranked Serena Woldring of Simon Frasier University in Canada. Woldring had already beaten Seabolt twice during the regular season, but in the semifinal match Seabolt wouldn’t be stopped and she was able to flip Woldring to her back and squeeze her shoulders to the mat to pull out a win by pin. The victory advanced Seabolt to the finals, making her the only unseeded wrestler at the event to make the finals match.

Seabolt’s tremendous journey at the WCWA Nationals came to an end in the finals match where she squared off with Destane Garrick, a senior wrestler from McKendree University. Garrick was able to get the upper hand on Seabolt in the match and defeated Seabolt 10-5 to capture the National Champion title. The loss allowed Seabolt to earn National runner up honors.

Seabolt’s stellar performance at the WCWA Nationals helped Emmanuel College finish fourth as a team at the event. Emmanuel College racked up 167.5 points and had seven All-Americans. 

Menlo University took the top prize at the WCWA Nationals with 199.5 points.

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