Luna grad advances to national semifinals

Ivy Navarro defeated Hiba Salem, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships in Marietta, Ga., on Friday.

Navarro, a 2016 state champion from Lahainaluna High School who is currently a sophomore at Southwestern Oregon Community College, was the No. 5 seed at 101 pounds while Salem, a senior from Menlo College, was the fourth seed.

In a preliminary match, Navarro won a 6-1 decision over Amber Garriga of Life University.

Navarro faces top-seeded Asia Ray of Wayland Baptist in her semifinal match today.

Her younger sister, Ira, Navarro, a Southwestern Oregon freshman, also at 101 pounds, was eliminated by Salem in the consolation fourth round.

Ira Navarro, a two-time Luna state champion, won her first match 10-0 over Rozlynn Vasquez of Wayland Baptist before dropping a 10-0 decision to Alexia Seal of Simon Fraser. Ira Navarro then defeated Alsiha Elizalde of Ferrum 10-0 and Kaselin Barnett of Campbellsville 12-0 before bowing to Salem.

Breanna Dudoit-Vasquez, a 2013 and 2014 state champion from Lahainaluna, dropped her opening match at 123 pounds to Dajan Treder, of Providence. The Wayland Baptist senior then defeated Jodynn White of Umpqua 12-2 and Marissa Ruiz, of Ferrum 4-0 before being eliminated by Alexandria Herle, of Emmanuel 4-3.