BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee convened last week and announced the January Student-Athletes of the Month. Alli Ragan of women’s wrestling and Christian Knobloch of men’s swimming & diving were named to the monthly honor after incredibly successful performances in their respective sports.
Alli Ragan was crowned national champion at this year’s Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships held in the Student Center Complex in late January. Ragan, a native of Carbondale, Ill., did not allow a single point throughout her entire championship run that included three technical fall victories and the defeat of Monica Ramirez (3-0, 6-0) in the title bout. She is King’s fifth women’s wrestling national champion in its short history. Ragan began the month on a high note with a first-place finish at the Waldorf Open and once again shutout the competition, 32-0, over three bouts. She only suffered one defeat throughout the entire month.
Freshman Christian Knobloch made a splash in the pool over two meets held at Mars Hill College and Union College, last month. Collectively, the Auburn, Wash. native turned in three third-place finishes in short-distance events. His best time came in the 50-meter freestyle event at Union College as part of a quad-meet with the Bulldogs, Bethel University, and Campbellsville University when he turned in a 22.91 time. In the Tornado’s dual meet at Mars Hill on Jan. 19, Knobloch was just 0.53 seconds away from a first-place finish. He also placed third in the 100m butterfly at Union with a 58.43 finish time. This is the first such honor for Knobloch in his young Tornado career.
September: Hannah Witt (women’s cross country) and Josh Feener (men’s soccer)
October: Payton Tipton (women’s volleyball) and Pete Griffith (men’s soccer)
November: Lorrie Ramos (women’s wrestling) and Spencer Frantom (men’s cross country)