Warriors Add Couch, Continue to Solidify Incoming Recruiting Class

Coming off strong showings in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Empire League Southern Section tournament the past two seasons, Alaura Couch looks to deliver as a member of the Waldorf University women’s wrestling team.

Couch, a John F. Kennedy High School senior, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on April 1.

“Alaura will make a great addition,” Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. “She’s tough, scrappy and will be at a key weight class for us.”

Competing at 101 pounds, Couch was a member of John F. Kennedy’s varsity lineup the past two seasons and was a letter winner during both years.  She scored a third-place finish in the CIF Empire League Southern Section while battling for the Fighting Irish as a junior. Couch followed up the performance, claiming runner-up honors in the CIF Empire League Southern Section as a senior.

Couch is the daughter of Brian and Sandy Couch. She will pursue a wellness degree at Waldorf and said she decided to attend the university because of its wrestling program and campus size.

“I chose Waldorf University because their style of wrestling is a good fit for mine,” Couch said. “I believe Waldorf is the best fit for my career path because they have a small student-to-teacher ratio.”

The ninth member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Couch joins fellow California natives Lili Flores, Marlene Hernandez, Taéa Regua and Diana Leyva; Texas teammates Kassandra Castillo and Sabrina Morua; Florida recruit Karina Prieto and Washington state native Akina Yamada.

With the chance to develop a bond with new teammates while competing at the collegiate level, Couch is looking forward to stepping onto the mat for the Warriors.

“I have the privilege to create a new sisterhood that most people will never get to experience,” Couch said. “This also gives me the opportunity to further my wrestling career and I’ll never wonder what could have been.”

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