January 30, 2011

King Women's Wrestling finishes 4th at WCWA, Lambert wins title

ATHERTON, Calif. - The King College women's wrestling squad posted a fourth-place team finish at the 2011 Women's College Wrestling Association Championship hosted by Menlo (Calif.) College. A Lady Tornado did pick up a national title at Saturday's event with seven All-Americans.

Freshman Marina Lambert (Chesapeake, Va.) pinned defending champion Hilary Greening, from Simon Fraser, in 1:46 for the 90-kilogram national championship. Lambert entered the event as the top seed and earned King's first individual national championship in women's wrestling.

King finished with 57 points, nine behind the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). Oklahoma City University made it three straight championships by beating Simon Fraser (British Columbia) University 117-96.

Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) reached the 48-kilogram title bout, but was pinned by Simon Fraser's Victoria Anthony. Martin was the No. 2 seed in the bracket. Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) lost a 5-0 and 9-2 championship match at 63 kilograms to Danielle Lappage, from Simon Fraser. Ragan made the finals as the No. 3 seed. Martin and Ragan were both defeated by past junior world champions in Anthony and Lappage.

Shannon Constantine (Haverhill, Ma.) was a 44-kilogram semifinalist, but eventually ended up fourth. Opelia Felipe, from the University of the Cumberlands, eventually won a 6-0, 0-4 and 3-1 third-place match. Constantine entered the event outside the Top-8 in the weight class.

Hanna Martin (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Haylee Childs (Lakeland, Fla.) both picked up fifth in their respective weight classes. Martin, the No. 4 seed, defeated teammate Kayla Bartosch (Triangle, Va.) 0-1, 1-0 and 1-0 in the fifth-place match at 55-kilograms. Bartosch was the No. 8 seed and made the run to finish sixth. Childs pinned Lindenwood's Tanya Kusse in the second period for fifth in the 59-kilogram bracket. Childs also came from the No. 8 seed in the weight class with a 5-2 record on the day with four victories with pins.

All wrestlers in the Top-6 earned All-American status.

King will be at the Dave Schultz Internationals next weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

WCWA Nationals Team Scoring: 1. Oklahoma City, 117; 2. Simon Fraser (British Columbia) 96; 3. Cumberlands (Ky.), 66; 4. King (Tenn.), 57; 5. Jamestown (N.D.), 40; 6. Lindenwood (Mo.), 30; 7. Missouri Valley, 22; 8. Menlo (Calif.), 16; 9. Missouri Baptist, 16; 10. Northern Michigan, 12; 11. Yakima Valley (Wash.), 3; T12. San Jose State, Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Regina, 0