Lady Tornado wrestle past Cumberlands & Missouri Baptist to open season

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The 2010-11 King College women's wrestling season got started Saturday with a pair of important victories for the Lady Tornado program. The day began with King beating Missouri Baptist University 31-10 and King finished things with a 34-7 decision over the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).

King was able to knock off two national powers on Saturday. At the 2010 WCWA National Championship, Cumberlands finished second with Missouri Baptist a close fourth. The Lady Tornado was 10th in the initial season for the program at King.

In the finale versus Cumberlands, King scored a quick 13 points. Lisa Martinez (Amarillo, Texas) contributed three in a 3-0 and 3-0 victory over Opelia Felipe. Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas) scored five with a fall against Jessica Nguyen, ranked No. 6 in the 48 kilogram weight class by the WCWA. Anna Cummings (Syracuse, N.Y.) collected a fall victory over Katie Clemens to make the score 13-0.

Kayla Bartosch (Triangle, Va.) tacked on three points after coming back, 2-4, 3-1 and 2-1 against Milagros Zamora in a 55 kg match which made the team score 16-1. A pair of forfeits gave King 10 more points.

Freshman Alli Ragan (Carbondale, Ill.) used 1-0 and 3-0 scores to add three more points to King's total.

Cumberlands got six points in the next two matches until an upset in the 90 kg contest. Marina Lambert (Chesapeake, Va.) knocked off Lakia Henderson with a fall. Henderson came into the day ranked No. 2 in the weight class nationally.

The Lady Tornado started the season with Missouri Baptist and scored the first 10 points via forfeits. Missouri Baptist got points from Caitlin Chase and Erica Poe in the 51 kg and 55 kg contests. After a forfeit victory in the 59 kg went to King, Ragan picked up a decision 3-0 and 6-0 over Alexis Walker. Haylee Childs (Lakeland, Fla.) was a winner in the 67 kg match, 6-2 and 7-0. To end the wrestling, Amber Floyd (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) defeated Shamaine Danner 8-2 and 7-0 in the 80 kg bout.

Next for the Lady Tornado will be a date with defending WCWA National Champion, Oklahoma City University on Oct. 30 in Oklahoma City. Besides the wrestling national power, King also has matches against Wayland Baptist (Texas) University and Lindenwood (Mo.) University on the same day.

Earlier in the day Cumberlands beat Missouri Baptist by a slim 23-19 score.