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UHD Student Named Wrestling All-American

For the third consecutive season, a member of the UHD women’s wrestling club team earned the honor of All-American at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championships last week in Allen, Texas.

Jasmin Olvera became the third-ever UHD female wrestler to finish as an All-American at the NCWA Nationals. She joins UHD alumna graduates Irene Nunez and Nastasha Balkum. In its history, UHD has had a total of five wrestling All-Americans. In order to become an All-American, wrestlers must finish in the top eight nationally of their designated weight class.

Undersized by 20 pounds but not overmatched, Jasmin was able to overcome the odds and win her third place match 9-0 in the 191-pound weight class versus Daisha Roberts from Yale University. Currently, Jasmin is a junior majoring in criminal justice.

Olvera’s wrestling career at UHD is proof that there was no match for her “Gator Grit.” She joined the UHD wrestling club team in the fall of 2016 with no prior wrestling experience. She attended the fall 2016 interest meeting seeking more information on how the sport of wrestling works, and to see if the sport was something she wanted to pursue during her tenure as a UHD student.

She showed up for her first practice to learn the sport. Her road was bumpy at first, but she was determined to persevere and not let her inexperience prevent her from eventually competing nationally at the collegiate club level. In her first season as a UHD wrestler, she qualified for the 2017 NCWA National Championships. Even though she didn't place in her first national championship, the seed was planted until it grew into an All-American worthy performance two years later.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.