Kissimmee, FL - Freshman Marina Goocher won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championship last weekend. Goocher competed in the 130 pound weight class and started the tournament by defeating Marisol Arrendondo by pinning her. Up next for Goocher was Sadie Bailey of SW Oregon Community College. Goocher won by a pin over Bailey to advance to the finals. In the finals, Goocher went up against Avery Souders of the University of North Texas. Neither wrestler was able to pin her opponent, but Goocher won the National Championship by decision.
Goocher, who went to Riverview Community High School, is the University's first female wrestler. In fact, she is part of the reason the NCWA created a women's division. Goocher originally planned on wrestling co-ed, much like she did in high school, but she was told she could not wrestle against men in college. The NCWA created a women's division last fall, and she is the only female wrestler from Michigan in the NCWA as Michigan-Dearborn is the only school to have a women's program in the NCWA. Currently the NCWA has 27 women's programs.