ALLEN, Texas - Two years, two national titles for Marina Goocher, who won her second crown at the NWCA National Championships for the University of Michigan-Dearborn club wrestling team Saturday in Allen, Texas.
Goocher pinned all three of her opponents in her run through the 136-pound bracket, pinning Kaylynn Hixenbaugh of Southwestern Oregon Community College in the championship match at the 6:31 mark.
"Marina is a leader and pioneer for women's wrestling," UM-Dearborn wrestling coach Grant MacKenzie said. "She sets high expectations for herself in the classroom and and on the mat. Her goal was to win this tournament and worked towards achieving it in practice."
Goocher reached the championship match with a 1:04 pinfall win over Jenna Wilson of Ottawa University in the quarterfinals, while topping Ottawa's Marisol Arredondo in with a fall at 6:09 of the semifinals.
MacKenzie believes that Goocher can be a four-time NWCA national champion, a goal that Goocher shares.
Goocher, a native of Riverview, Mich., is studying mechanical engineering at UM-Dearborn.