The University of Jamestown women’s wrestling team placed third out of 20 teams Saturday at the first-ever NAIA Women’s Wrestling Invitational, held at Harold Newman Arena.

Ten Jimmies finished in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Places one through four were named All-American while places five through eight earned honorable mention All-American.

Cara Romeike (SR/Coppell, Texas) was the highest-placing Jimmie on Saturday, taking second at 130 pounds. She won her first two matches by tech fall before pinning Julissa Taitano of Southern Oregon in the semifinals. Romeike was pinned by Andribeth Rivera of Campbellsville University in the final.

Junnette Caldera (FR/Imperial, Calif.) was third at 101 pounds. She pinned Hiba Salem of Menlo College 30 seconds into the second period in the third-place match. All four of Caldera’s victories came via pin.

Also finishing third was Myranda Velazquez (JR/Los Banos, CA) at 155 pounds. Velazquez lost her opening bout of the day but responded with five straight wins, including two pins and two tech falls.

Agatha Andrews (FR/Akiak, Alaska) won all three of her matches at 191 pounds via pin and placed fourth. Andrews lost a tough 6-5 decision to Leilani Carmago-Naone of Midland in the third place match.

Seventh place finishes went to Arianna Marrufo (FR/Dos Palos, Calif.) (123), Jamayia Blackston (FR/Lakewood, Wash.) (116), Joy Muniz (JR/San Diego, Calif.) (143), and Sierra Talmadge (SO/Bismarck, N.D.) (155). Alyssa Schrull (JR/East Helena, Mont.) (170) and Chelsea Dionisio (SR/Santa Maria, Calif.) (116) took eighth.

In the team race, the Jimmies finished with 137.5 points, behind only Menlo College (230.5) and Oklahoma City University (154.5).

UJ was selected by a vote of the coaches as the winner of the Sportsmanship Award.


Jamestown  ( The University of Jamestown Saturday serve as hosts of the first-ever NAIA Women’s Wrestling Invitational, and despite some shuffling of the schedule due to weather,  the doors to Harold Newman Arena opened at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The inaugural event will consist of ten weight classes with the team champion based on individual wrestler finishes. Grapplers finishing in the top four in each weight class at the national invitational will be named All-America, with places five through eight earning All-America Honorable-Mention.

The Jimmie women’s wrestling team will have 12 wrestlers competing for championships as the matches get underway at 8 a.m.

101: Junnette Caldera (FR/Imperial, Calif.)

116: Jamayia Blackston (FR/Lakewood, Wash.)

116: Chelsea Dionisio (SR/Santa Maria, Calif.)

123: Arianna Marrufo (FR/Dos Palos, Calif.)

130: Cara Romeike (SR/Coppell, Texas)

136: Analy Gonsalez (JR/Santa Ana, CA)

143: Joy Muniz (JR/San Diego, Calif.)

143: Andrea Prince (FR/Kotlik, Alaska)

155: Sierra Talmadge (SO/Bismarck, N.D.)

155: Myranda Velazquez (JR/Los Banos, CA)

170: Alyssa Schrull (JR/East Helena, Mont.)

191: Agatha Andrews (FR/Akiak, Alaska)



Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students for the entire day.

Preliminary Brackets – PDF


Saturday, March 16

8 a.m. 
Session #1:
1st Round – Championship
2nd Round – Championship
2nd Round – Consolation

Session #2:
3rd Round – Championship Quarterfinals
3rd Round – Consolation
4th Round – Consolation

Session #3:
4th Round – Championship Semifinals
6th Round – Consolation Semifinal
Placement Round Matches – 3rd, 5th and 7th place

6 p.m. 
NAIA Parade of Champions – Opening Ceremonies
Parade of All-Americans & Daktronics – NAIA Scholar-Athletes

7 p.m. 
Session #4:
Championship Finals
Closing Ceremonies & Awards Presentation


Jamestown (UJ/NAIA) Jamestown will host the 2019 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Invitational, on March 15-16, 2019 on the University of Jamestown campus, in Harold Newman Arena.

The NAIA added women’s wrestling as an invitational sport beginning the 2018-2019 academic year after the National Administrative Council (NAC) unanimously approved the motion at the NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., in April 2018.

The NAIA is the first intercollegiate athletics association to officially recognize women’s wrestling.

NAIA president and CEO, Jim Carr says, “The NAIA is thrilled to have the University of Jamestown host the 2019 Women’s Wrestling National Invitational. This is a milestone event for women’s wrestling and we are confident that Jamestown will deliver an exceptional experience for student-athletes, coaches, and fans.”

Twenty-five NAIA institutions – including Jamestown — were anticipated to field women’s wrestling teams during the 2018-2019 season, up from 19 the year prior. Women’s wrestling will be eligible for championship status after two years of competition as an invitational sport, and 40 institutions sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling team.

University of Jamestown President Dr. Polly Peterson says, “The University of Jamestown looks forward to hosting this tournament. We have been committed to women’s wrestling for a decade and are pleased that it is now an NAIA sport.  The University and the Jamestown community look forward to welcoming the athletes and their fans.  The University is appreciative of the support and participation that it received from the community as we moved through the site selection process.”

University of Jamestown Director of Athletics Sean Johnson adds,  “We are proud to host the first NAIA Women’s Wrestling National Invitational.It’s a terrific opportunity to showcase Harold Newman Arena, our community and our state.  This is the sixth NAIA wrestling national championship we’ve hosted here in Jamestown and one of the big reasons is our strong wrestling community.  By hosting this event, we hope to grow women’s wrestling in our state and region.”


Harold Newman Arena will be the site for the event.  The $16 million building opened September 29, 2017, and has already been the host to a college conference basketball championship tournament, high school regional basketball game, and many state, local and regional events.  The 61,000 square foot facility features a private meeting room overlooking the floor, which combined with the lobby, can seat 350 people.  There are 8 locker rooms, two concession stands, a game day athletic training room and conference room.

Harold Newman Arena is connected by a hallway to a brand new, state of the art athletic training center and the school’s 6,000 square foot wrestling room, recently renovated 5,500 square foot weight training center with adjacent locker room space.

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