Iron River's Abby Nelson places 7th at wrestling nationals
Nelson achieves All-American status.
Former Northwestern standout Abby Nelson, of Iron River, placed seventh at the NCAA Women's National College Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 6, in Tiffin, Ohio, representing the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Wrestling in the 116-pound weight class, which featured 16 competitors, Nelson faced the No. 1-ranked wrestler, Felicity Taylor, of McKendree University (Illinois), in the first round. Nelson lost by a technical fall, 13-0, in the first period, but she bounced back in the second round with a 10-0 technical fall over Elizah Leonard (North Central College, Illinois).
She also won her third-round match by pinning Alina Kinsey of Schreiner College (Texas) in 1 minute, 35 seconds.
In the fourth round, Jaslyn Gallegos, of Presbyterian College (South Carolina), defeated Nelson with a technical fall, 10-0.
Nelson then pinned Anja Tschohl (Colorado Mesa College) in 2:58 to take seventh place and earn All-American honors — the first athlete from the Northwestern High School wrestling program to achieve that status.
Felicity Taylor and Jaslyn Gallegos finished first and third, respectively.